The American Bankers Association named Georgia community banker Daniel Blanton its new chairman and elected three additional officers during its annual convention.
Blanton, chief executive at the $1.8 billion-asset Georgia Bank & Trust Co. of Augusta, succeeds John Ikard, of the $15 billion-asset FirstBank Holding in Lakewood, Colo. Blanton was elected chairman on Tuesday at the ABA's convention this week in Los Angeles.
Blanton has previously served as chairman of the ABA's community bank council and of the Georgia Bankers Association. He has also advised the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.'s advisory committee on community banking. Blanton joined Georgia Bank & Trust, a unit of Southeastern Bank Financial, in 1988.
The ABA also named as chairman-elect Dorothy Savarese, CEO of the $2.9 billion-asset Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank in Orleans, Mass.
In other appointments, Kenneth Burgess, chairman of the $977 million-asset FirstCapital Bank of Texas in Midland, was named vice chairman; William Beale, CEO of the $7.5 billion-asset Union Bankshares in Richmond, Va., was named treasurer.
The ABA also appointed six bankers to serve new terms on its board and reappointed 15 bankers to continue their terms as directors.