Meet our team

Meet our team in Southwest Georgia

Pam Simmons

Pam Simmons

Market President

Pam is responsible for all of our banking programs and services in Dougherty and Lee counties. She’s been a banker for over 39 years, more than 21 of them with SB&T. During this time, she managed our Northwest branch in Albany and then oversaw our lending to businesses and organizations as senior commercial lender. Named SB&T president and CEO in 2014, Pam says one of her biggest responsibilities is ensuring that we give back to our community. She leads the way herself.

Work in our community

  • Past President, Habitat for Humanity
  • Past Board Member, Albany Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Ambassador, Albany Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Chairman of the board of Darton Health Professionals Foundation and Chairman of Executive committee
  • Member and President Elect, Albany Rotary Club
  • Graduate, Leadership Albany

Daniel Stone

Vice President, Commercial Banker

Daniel joined Synovus as a management associate in 2005 after graduating from Valdosta State University with a degree in Finance. He has served in several different roles at the bank, including assistant branch manager, branch manager, and regional retail banking manager. Currently Daniel is a vice president and commercial banker for the Albany market.

Since becoming part of the Synovus family, Daniel has dedicated his time to keeping business at Synovus as personalized as possible with his customers. “Genuine acts of servant leadership and kindness have been modeled by our leaders for over 130 years. It’s who we are at Synovus and why so many of us were attracted to the company,” Daniel says. “We understand the importance of doing our part to make our communities better. It’s our home, and we want to be good stewards. This lifeblood of service permeates all levels of our company and flows into the communities we serve.”

Work in our community

  • Treasurer, Program Committee, and Board Member, Leadership Albany
  • Vice-Chairman, SOWEGA Council on Aging
  • Class Coordinator, Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University
  • Recipient, Bobby Flournoy Customer Service Award – 2nd Quarter 2013
  • Recipient, Columbus and the Valley Magazine – 2012 Five under 40
  • Graduate, Leadership Albany, Class of 2016
  • Graduate, Albany Georgia Chamber of Commerce Institute for Leadership Development, Class of 2017

Ryan Watson

Vice President, Retail Market Manager

While attending The University of Georgia Banking School, Ryan Watson met some of the Synovus senior leadership team, and he could tell that the team members had passion for their customers, team members, and communities. “It was above and beyond what I had seen before with other banks,” he says. In 2019, he chose to join Synovus himself. He likes that Synovus truly cares about their customers and people, and he loves that Synovus can feel be a local community bank while providing the products, services, and technology that larger banks can. He’s a native of Albany, GA and holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Valdosta State University. He is married with two children and enjoys spending time with family and friends, golfing, reading and college football.

Work in our community

  • Member, Albany Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Board member, Lee County Chamber of Commerce (past)
  • Board member and chair out Outreach Committee, American Red Cross of Southwest Georgia (past)

Bill Turoski

Retail Market Manager

With Synovus for over two decades, Bill Turoski holds a BBA in accounting from The University of Georgia. He joined Synovus in 1999 because Synovus was known as the bank that builds bankers for a lifetime. “Synovus has always been a leader in developing customer-centered relationships,” he says. “As a banker, my motivation is to be available to my clients. Synovus is set up in a way that allows me to always put my customers first. We are a community-serving organization and that makes every day at work a valuable day.” He has been married to his wife Sherry for 33 years, and has two children. While he was born in Texas, he has been in Albany since 1979. He enjoys cycling, hiking, and running.

Work in our community

  • Board member, United Way
  • Board member, Lee County Family Connection
  • Member, Kinchafoonee Primary School Council
  • Member, Radium Springs Elementary School Local School Governance Team
  • Graduate, Leadership Lee
  • Man of the Year, Lee County Chamber of Commerce 2011

Meryl Joiner

Retail Market Manager

With Synovus since 2017, Meryl K. Joiner’s objective is to make authentic connections through financial success. With intention and awareness, she loves to create genuine solutions for her clients that are skillfully crafted to help her clients along their financial journey. Raised in Tallahassee, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two young children, as well as DIY projects and traveling. She also holds a Bachelor of Fine Art in graphic design from The Art Institute of Tampa.

Work in our community

  • Member, First United Methodist Church of Albany
  • Member, Chehaw Park and Zoo
  • Member, Flint Riverquarium
  • Board member, Albany Museum of Art