Consumer Safety at February Women in Business

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Consumer Safety: Protect your finances in the digital and real world


Consumers are increasingly finding themselves a victim of financial crimes. Join the Augusta Metro Chamber and Pete Stuart with State Bank & Trust Co. for a presentation on consumer safety, account hacking, ATM safety and financial exploitation of the elderly. The Women in Business luncheon, presented by James M. Hull College of Business, Augusta University, will be held at the Legends Club on Tuesday, February 20 at 11:30 am.

The afternoon will include an in-depth discussion on emerging trends in financial fraud and prevention methods to reduce your chance of becoming a victim. Guest speaker Pete Stuart is the Director of Employee Security for State Bank & Trust in Macon. Pete assists with the security efforts of State Bank & Trust and is responsible for fraud investigations and restitutions, employee security training, and acts as liaison to external law enforcement officials in criminal investigations and prosecution. Pete also has earned a certification in At-risk adult Crime Tactics (ACT) focusing on elderly abuse.

Prior to joining State Bank & Trust, Pete served as a Special Agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI) for 30 years with the last seven years as the Director of Training. Pete earned his Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Georgia and a Master’s in Public Administration from Columbus State University.

Tickets for the February Women in Business luncheon are $30 for Chamber members and $40 for prospective-members. Advanced registration is required at Deadline to register is Friday, February 16. For more information, please contact Sabrina Balthrop, Director of Events, at or by calling 706.821.1300.


The Augusta Metro Chamber Women in Business monthly luncheons offer women and men the opportunity to have lunch, socialize, and learn about topics that affect their personal and professional lives. To learn more about the Women in Business program or the Augusta Metro Chamber, visit