Choose a year:   2016   |   2015   |   2014   |   2013   |   2012   |   2011   |   2010

Synovus Presents 2010 Chairman’s Awards

March 18, 2011, Columbus, GA – Synovus (NYSE: SNV), the Columbus, Georgia-based financial services company, recently announced the presentation of its annual Chairman’s Awards. The Chairman’s Awards – the James H. Blanchard Leadership Award, the James D. Yancey Customer Covenant Award and the William B. Turner Humanitarian Award – represent the company’s culture and the emphasis placed on leadership, customer satisfaction and serving others. The Chairman’s Award recipients are chosen from nominations submitted by team members across Synovus’ Southeastern footprint.

“The individuals we have recognized with these awards represent some of the finest examples of selfless leadership and exceptional customer service delivery in our company,” said Kessel D. Stelling, President and CEO of Synovus. “These awards are named after leaders who exhibited the highest levels of dedication to team members, customers and communities. Synovus has many talented team members across our footprint who demonstrate the same deep commitment to serving others. This year’s award winners represent the best of the best in each category.”

Frank Roedl, Executive Vice President of Bank of North Georgia (Alpharetta), and Liz Gobbel, Director of Accounting and Financial Analysis for Synovus, were presented the James H. Blanchard Leadership Award.

             Roedl was recognized for his willingness to step into various leadership roles to ensure success      for Bank of North Georgia and Synovus. He was also honored for serving as an inspiration   and role model for leaders across the company.

            Gobbel was honored for her team spirit and willingness to contribute to the success of any             project. She was also recognized for her outstanding leadership and communication skills, as well    as her financial knowledge.

The James H. Blanchard Leadership Award recognizes individuals who demonstrate the best use of leadership and interpersonal skills such as teamwork, communications and coaching in various corporate, departmental and community roles.  This award is named after retired Chairman and CEO James H. Blanchard, who set a high standard for leadership throughout his 36-year tenure at Synovus.

Diane Mendoza, Assistant Vice President with Coastal Bank and Trust of Florida, and Wendy Northington, Director of Sales Operations for Synovus, received the James D. Yancey Customer Covenant Award.

             Mendoza’s nomination highlighted her commitment to being fair, courteous, respectful and             gracious to her customers and team members. Mendoza is also known for her attention to            detail    and responsiveness to her customers’ needs.

            Northington was recognized for being a reliable and results-oriented leader at Synovus. She           combines her expertise in customer service with her banking knowledge to help create specialized products and services for customers.

This award is named in honor of former Synovus Chairman James D.Yancey, who always put the needs of the customer first. Yancey was instrumental in the creation of the Customer Covenant, the company’s pledge to providing excellent customer service.

Darron Burnette, Executive Vice President of Sea Island Bank (Statesboro and Savannah, Georgia), received the William B. Turner Humanitarian Award.  Burnette’s long list of community service includes his work with the Kiwanis Club of Statesboro, Georgia; the Statesboro-Bulloch County Chamber of Commerce; and as a board member of the Georgia Southern Performing Arts Center. He was recently recognized at the national convention of the Alzheimer’s Association for his leadership of the Statesboro Memory Walk which raised $60,000 in 2010.

This award is named in honor of the former Chairman of Synovus’ Executive Committee, William B. Turner, for his keen sense of responsibility for serving individuals and the community. Turner has inspired others through his deep moral and spiritual convictions to make a difference with their employees and in their families.

 About Synovus

Synovus is a financial services company with more than $30 billion in assets based in Columbus, Georgia.  Synovus’ bank divisions provide commercial and retail banking, investment and mortgage services to customers in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Florida and Tennessee. See Synovus on the web at



Greg Hudgison
Title: External Communications Manager
Phone: 706-644-0528