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Synovus Presents 2006 Chairman's Awards

January 17, 2007, Columbus, GA – Synovus (NYSE: SNV), the Columbus, Georgia-based diversified financial services company, recently announced the presentation of its annual Chairman’s Award recipients. The Chairman’s Awards – the James H. Blanchard Leadership Award, the James D. Yancey Customer Covenant Award and the William B. Turner Humanitarian Award – reflect 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 throughout the Synovus family of companies.

Lamar Loftin, CEO of Synovus’ Community Bank and Trust of Southeast Alabama, and Maria Kent, Director of Training and Documentation for TSYS, were both presented with the James H. Blanchard Leadership Award.  Loftin was honored for his consistent, motivating leadership style that inspires his team to lead by example, not by authority. Kent was recognized for her collaborative decision making delivered with compassion for her team members and responsiveness to her clients. Synovus awards the James H. Blanchard Leadership Award to individuals who show the greatest use of leadership and interpersonal skills like teamwork, communications, and coaching in various corporate, departmental and community roles.  This award is named after retired Chairman and CEO Jim Blanchard who set a high standard for leadership throughout his 36-year tenure leading the company.

Liliana McDaniel, Chief Accounting Officer of Synovus, and Mardee Thomas, Director of Business Systems of TSYS, were both presented with the James D. Yancey Customer Covenant Award. McDaniel’s nomination documented her as a shining example of delivering excellent internal customer service that parallels the expectations we place on meeting the needs of external customers.  Thomas was instrumental in leading the TSYS conversion team in meeting the challenges involved in the Capital One conversion project.  This award is named in honor of former Synovus Chairman Jimmy Yancey, who always put the needs of the customer first. Yancey led the effort to codify Synovus’ commitment to exceptional customer service through the company’s Customer Covenant.

Becky Rumer, Director of Private Client Services for Synovus, received the William B. Turner Humanitarian Award.  Rumer was honored for her passion, vision and hard work in creating “Our House,” a rescue station for children entering the foster care system because of abuse and neglect. Since opening in 2002, this safe haven has served more than 850 children and families. This award is named in honor of former Chairman of Synovus’ Executive Committee William B. Turner for his keen sense of responsibility to serve 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 (NYSE: SNV) is a diversified financial services holding company with more than $31 billion in assets based in Columbus, GA.  Synovus provides integrated financial services including banking, financial management, insurance, mortgage and leasing services through 39 banks and other Synovus offices in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Florida and Tennessee; and electronic payment processing through an 81-percent stake in TSYS (NYSE: TSS), one of the world’s largest companies for outsourced payment services.  FORTUNE magazine has named Synovus one of "The 100 Best Companies to Work For®" in America, and has recognized Synovus in its Hall of Fame for consecutive appearances on the list since its inception in 1998. See Synovus on the web at

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