Synovus Announces 2016 Chairman’s Awards Winners

FEBRUARY 11, 2016, COLUMBUS, GA – Synovus today announced the winners of its annual Chairman’s Awards. The James H. Blanchard Leadership Award, the James D. Yancey Customer Covenant Award, the William B. Turner Humanitarian Award, and the Synovus Game Changer Award honor team members who best represent the company’s culture and its focus on leadership, customer satisfaction, serving others, and innovation. Winners of the awards, which are collectively known as the Chairman’s Awards, are selected from nominations submitted by team members across Synovus’ five-state footprint.

“Synovus is fortunate to have so many talented and committed team members who lead by example and passionately serve others each day,” said Kessel Stelling, Chairman and CEO of Synovus. “We are so proud of this year’s deserving winners and appreciate everything they do for each other, our customers, our communities, and our company.”

This year’s winners are:

James H. Blanchard Leadership Award — Wendy Beacham, Manager, Mortgage Production Operations, Synovus Mortgage Corp; Martha Miller, Regional Retail Sales Manager, Synovus; and Jason Ninas, Group Executive, Bank Operations, Synovus. This 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. It was named after retired Chairman and CEO James H. Blanchard, who set a high standard for leadership throughout his 36-year tenure at Synovus.

James D. Yancey Customer Covenant Award — Christie Neuman, Commercial Support Manager, Bank of North Georgia; Tonya Moorman, Senior Investment Operations Specialist, Synovus Trust; Frances Anderson, Assistant Branch Manager, NBSC, Charlestowne Square Branch; Len Sexton, Synovus Securities. 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 exceptional internal and external customer service.

William B. Turner Humanitarian Award – Phil Bettendorf, Synovus Regional Retail Sales Manager. This award was 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 team members and their families.

Synovus Game Changer Award — John Creech, Group Executive, Credit Risk. This award recognizes high-performing team members for making a significant and positive impact on the company with forward-thinking and innovative ideas.

Synovus Financial Corp. is a financial services company based in Columbus, Georgia, with approximately $29 billion in assets. Synovus provides commercial and retail banking, investment, and mortgage services to customers through 28 locally-branded divisions, 257 branches, and 336 ATMs in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Florida, and Tennessee. Synovus Bank, a wholly owned subsidiary of Synovus, was recognized as one of America's Most Reputable Banks by American Banker and the Reputation Institute in 2015. Synovus is on the web at, on Twitter @synovus, and on LinkedIn at