Phil Bettendorf Presented with James H. Blanchard Leadership Award

COLUMBUS, GA., March 12, 2019 — Synovus, the Columbus, Georgia-based financial services company, recently announced the winners of its annual Chairman’s Awards. Phil Bettendorf, Regional Retail Sales Manager, Athens received the James H. Blanchard Leadership Award.  Bettendorf is a 24-year veteran of Synovus and is based at the bank’s Athens office at 150 Hancock Avenue.

Bettendorf’s nomination noted, in part:

Phil is the heartbeat of our retail offices. Each team member holds him in the highest regard and is always very complimentary of him. He encourages our team to serve and support our communities, and always encourages fun, especially when it involves dressing up for Halloween or decorating our branches for the holidays. Phil’s not just encouraging, he’s participating. He is a promoter. He is a communicator. He is a giver. His work day begins before most and ends well after the bank is closed.

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. 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. 

The James H. Blanchard Leadership Award, the James D. Yancey Customer Covenant Award, the William B. Turner Community Impact 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 Financial Corp. is a financial services company based in Columbus, Georgia, with approximately $45 billion in assets. Synovus provides commercial and retail banking, investment, and mortgage services through 300 branches in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Florida, and Tennessee. Synovus Bank, a wholly owned subsidiary of Synovus, was named one of American Banker’s “Best Banks to Work For” in 2018 and has been recognized as one of the country’s 10 “Most Reputable Banks” by American Banker and the Reputation Institute for four consecutive years. Synovus is on the web at, and on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.