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Ginger Herring

Ginger Herring

AFSA Events2022 Independents Conference Speaker

Ginger Herring

1st Franklin Financial
President & CEO

Virginia “Ginger” Herring
President & CEO
1st Franklin Financial Corporation
Toccoa, GA
Direct: (706) 886-7571
Mobile: (706) 491-7182

Ginger is the President and CEO of 1st Franklin Financial Corporation, a family owned business started by her grandfather in 1941. She is a University of Georgia graduate with a degree in Management. Active for many years with AFSA, Ginger has served as the Independents Section Chair, AFSA Education Foundation (AFSAEF) Chair, member of the AFSAEF Endowment Campaign Committee, Professional Development Committee, and NICCM Board of Governors. Currently, she is serving as the AFSA Chair of the Board for the 2017-2018 term. Ginger received the AFSA Distinguished Service Award in 2014. She is an active member of the World Presidents Organization, and of many networks associated with that organization. Locally and at a state level, Ginger has served on boards for Northeast Georgia CASA, Northeast Georgia March of Dimes, Georgia Camp Fire USA, Leadership Toccoa-Stephens County, and currently for the Toccoa-Stephens County Boys & Girls Club. Ginger is an active member of Toccoa First United Methodist Church, and in her spare time loves to hike, camp, read and enjoy music of all kinds. She is a Gigi to three, a mother to two, and a wife of 31 years to one, Kip Herring.

Areas of Expertise
Executive Management, Design Thinking, Strategic Planning, Collaborative Team Building

Areas of expertise upon which I would like to continue learning.
Anything related to technology, innovation, and learning when to speak up and when to shut up.

What three keywords best describe you?
Entrepreneur, Compassionate, Energetic

Personal Motto
Be Intentional

What are you passionate about?
My faith, my family, the health and well-being of children, education and leaving a legacy that matters.

What is something interesting about you that members might not know?
I own a Childcare center that is licensed for 225 children that I started 25 years ago and my oldest daughter is now the Director.

Who has been a role model for you?
My father - the smartest, kindest, most compassionate leader I know.

What are you most proud of?
My two daughters and my team at 1st Franklin Financial.


What would you say are the key success factors for a mentoring relationship?
True commitment of time. Focused attention to details. Being open-minded to the needs of the one you are mentoring. Clear communication and set expectations of your time together.

What advice would you give yourself as a young executive?
You do not have to know it all. Surround yourself with people you can trust, and who compliment your skills to build a team that is unstoppable. Never give up. Learn to manage testosterone the best you can, and when all else fails ... punt. Know your audience at all times and always be prepared. Never be sorry for who you are.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started your career?
Not everyone plays by the same set of rules.

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