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Synovus Presents 2011 Chairman’s Awards

April 2, 2012, 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 illustrate the emphasis it places on leadership, customer satisfaction, and serving others. Chairman’s Award recipients are chosen from nominations submitted by team members across Synovus’ Southeastern footprint.

“The recipients recognized with this year’s Chairman’s Awards represent some of the best of the best in our organization,” said Kessel Stelling, Chairman and CEO of Synovus. “Exhibiting exceptional leadership, delivering unparalleled customer service, and meeting the needs of individuals in our communities are important behaviors we encourage and expect from our team members. There are so many individuals in our organization worthy of recognition, but we are excited to honor this impressive group of leaders in this way for their incredible contributions in 2011.”

Awards this year include:

The James H. Blanchard Leadership Award recognizes individuals who demonstrate the best use of leadership and interpersonal skills such as teamwork, communication, 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.    

Renee Roth, Senior Group Executive for Synovus Operations, was recognized with the James H.            Blanchard Leadership Award. She was nominated for balancing her equally demanding roles as        the head of Bank Operations and serving on the Synovus-wide process redesign initiative, all           while continuing to be a positive motivator and role model for her team. 

D. Wayne Akins, Jr., Synovus’ Chief Community Banking Officer, also received the James H. Blanchard Leadership Award. He was honored for his consistent level of compassionate leadership, even during some challenging times for Synovus, and as President and CEO of Sea Island Bank. He was also recognized for his excellent communication skills and work in the community.

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

Angela Willis, Medical Market Specialist with AFB&T, a division of Synovus Bank, was presented the James D. Yancey Customer Covenant Award. Her nomination highlighted her commitment to ensuring the customer’s experience with AFB&T is positive, and for being available to her customers 24-7 to resolve any issues, or just to answer their questions. 

Kevin Johnson, Systems Network Administrator for Synovus, also received the James D. Yancey Customer Covenant Award. Johnson was recognized for his responsive and dedicated service to assisting his internal customers with their technology needs, and always being willing and eager to assist every customer until the issue is resolved.

The William B. Turner Humanitarian Award, is named in honor of the former Chairman of Synovus’ Executive Committee for his deep commitment to serving individuals and the community. Turner has inspired others through his deep moral and spiritual convictions to make a difference in the lives of employees and their families.

Beth Sippel, Sales Manager for Synovus’ First Commercial Bank in Huntsville, Alabama, received the William B. Turner Humanitarian Award.  Sippel’s long list of community service   includes her work with the Care Assurance System for the Aging and Homebound of Madison County, Alabama; United Way of Madison County; Women’s Business Center of North Alabama; and as a board member of the Women’s Economic Development Council. She is known as a true servant leader, with a genuine concern for others.

About Synovus

Synovus is a financial services company with $27 billion in assets based in Columbus, Georgia.  Synovus provides commercial and retail banking, investment, and mortgage services to customers in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Florida, and Tennessee. See Synovus on the web at

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