R. Dallis (D.) Copeland, Jr.
Executive Vice President
Chief Banking Officer
Copeland has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Banking Officer for Synovus since September 2009. He previously served as Chief Commercial Officer for Synovus and as President and CEO of Citizens First Bank in Rome, Georgia. Copeland also led various departments in Retail and Commercial Banking at Columbus Bank and Trust Company, where he began his career in 1992. While at Columbus Bank and Trust, he was responsible for managing all internal loan participations, and building corresponding banking relationships for Synovus throughout the Southeast. During his two years as the leader of Citizens First Bank in Rome, the bank moved into the #1 position in market share. While Chief Commercial Officer, in addition to leading the development and implementation of the company’s enhanced commercial banking strategy, Copeland led the formation of a highly-specialized team of experts to aggressively manage asset disposition efforts. His previous leadership roles also included overseeing the company’s charter consolidation process, moving Synovus from 30 separate bank charters to one. He also provided guidance on the Process Redesign Project and efficiency initiatives designed to streamline critical support functions throughout the company.
B.S., Management, Georgia Institute of Technology
Synovus Leadership Institute
Georgia Banking Association Leadership Program
Leadership Rome, Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce
- Member, Executive Committee, University System of Georgia Foundation
- Member, Board of Directors, Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce
- Past Member, Board of Directors, Georgia Bankers Association
- Past President, Georgia Bankers Association (Leadership Division)
- Past Member, Board of Directors, Business Georgia
- Past Member, Board of Trustees, Columbus Regional Medical Foundation
- Past Vice Chairman, Total Resource Fundraising Campaign, Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce
- Synovus’ James H. Blanchard Leadership Award, 2007
Summary of Key Responsibilities:
Copeland leads Synovus’ banking operations for 30 bank divisions across the company’s five-state footprint. He has oversight of the company’s Regional CEOs; Commercial and Retail executives; specialty lines of business, including asset-based lending, large corporate banking, treasury management, senior housing and credit and debit card services; and Synovus’ Sales and Marketing functions. Copeland also serves on the Synovus Credit Committee. He focuses his banking team on building long-term, multi-product/service relationships that meet the needs of customers and result in growth in core deposits and high-quality credits. Copeland is responsible for the development of the Commercial and Retail banking strategies and holding bank division leaders accountable for reaching key sales and service goals driven by exceptional customer service delivery.