ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwire - August 18, 2009) - Entries are now being accepted for the first annual Southeast Community Bank "GIVE" Awards. The awards will recognize community banks across the Southeast which have launched exceptional community service efforts in the past year. "GIVE" stands for charitable Giving, community Involvement, Volunteerism and employee Engagement.

Atlanta accounting firm Porter Keadle Moore, LLP (PKM) is hosting the awards, with sponsorship assistance from law firm Bryan Cave Powell Goldstein, FIG Partners LLC as well as community bank technology delivery partners Banker's Dashboard, and Fidelity National Information Services.

"Especially in the current economic climate, it is important to recognize locally-owned and operated financial institutions for what they do to strengthen the surrounding community," remarked PKM partner Sal Inserra.

Candidates must be headquartered in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina or Tennessee. Community banks that have implemented at least one new customer service initiative since October 2008 are eligible. The deadline for applications is September 30, 2009.

Judges experienced in community banking will evaluate entries based on objectives and strategies, as well as the end results of the benefits offered through the service programs. Winners will be recognized at a ceremony this fall in Atlanta.

To enter, visit

About PKM

PKM is a full-service accounting and consulting firm based in Atlanta, Georgia. A nationally recognized CPA firm with 11 partners and more than 100 total staff, PKM offers audit, tax and systems services to clients throughout the country. The firm was founded in 1977 and focuses its efforts on serving companies registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and specializes in banking, insurance, real estate and construction, as well as technology and bio sciences. For more information, visit or call 404-588-4200.

About Bryan Cave Powell Goldstein

Bryan Cave Powell Goldstein ( is an international law firm which represents a wide variety of business, financial, institutional and individual clients, including publicly held multinational corporations, large and mid-sized privately held companies, partnerships and emerging companies. The firm's extensive community banking practice is headquartered in Atlanta. In each of the past four years, the firm's financial institutions group has been recognized by American Banker as the No. 1 deal making banking practice in the Southeast, and regularly ranked among the national leaders as compiled by SNL. The firm has twenty-three core banking attorneys who focus on regulatory, corporate and securities matters for more than 400 financial institution clients. Approximately 50 other attorneys in the firm regularly provide litigation, lending, work-out, bankruptcy, employment law, employee benefit, environmental, intellectual property, tax, technology and outsourcing, fiduciary law (including personal estate planning for bankers), real estate and REIT's, white collar crime and similar legal specialty work for financial institution clients.

About FIG Partners

FIG Partners, LLC is an employee-owned broker/dealer specializing in bank and thrift stocks. Its mission is to generate superior returns for both investors and community banks through integrated Research, Market Making, Capital Raising, Strategic Advisory, and Sales. FIG Partners was formed in 2003, believing that an investment firm with independent research on banks and thrifts, coupled with focused sales, market making, capital raising, and advisory could add value to the marketplace. For more information, visit or call 404-601-7200.

About Banker's Dashboard

Atlanta-based Banker's Dashboard delivers the only community bank management tool that works the way a banker thinks. The Banker's Dashboard solution saves time and money by providing daily, online access to a bank's total financial picture and producing instant board packages on-demand. This powerful, easy-to-use solution was built for community bankers, by community bankers, arming a bank's entire management team with a fast and easy way to make the critical decisions that contribute to improved performance and profitable growth. Banker's Dashboard's clients include community banks of all sizes from multibillion-dollar institutions to de novos. For more information about Banker's Dashboard, its community bank management tool, or to take a test drive, please visit or contact us at 770.507.9894. Banks may also watch a four-minute video at

About Fidelity National Information Services® (FIS™)

Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. (NYSE: FIS), a member of the S&P 500 Index, is a leading provider of core processing for financial institutions; card issuer and transaction processing services; and outsourcing services to financial institutions and retailers. FIS has processing and technology relationships with 40 of the top 50 global banks, including nine of the top 10 and was ranked the number one banking technology provider in the world by American Banker and the research firm Financial Insights in the 2008 FinTech 100 rankings. Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., FIS maintains a strong global presence, serving more than 14,000 financial institutions in more than 90 countries worldwide. For more information on Fidelity National Information Services, please visit

Contact Information: Contact: Laura Snyder Director of Marketing Porter Keadle Moore, LLP 404-420-5916