Meet our team

Meet our team in Athens

Bill Douglas

J. William “Bill” Douglas, Jr.

Division CEO

A native of Columbia, S.C., Bill began his banking career in Augusta at Bankers First. He joined AFB&T, a division of Synovus Bank, in 1986 as senior vice president of banking operations. After serving as executive vice president and chief banking officer of Athens First Bank and Trust, he was named president and CEO in 2002. Synovus honored him in 2013 with the James H. Blanchard Leadership Award, given to individuals who demonstrate the best use of leadership and interpersonal skills such as teamwork, communication and coaching.

Work in our community

  • Board Chairman, Athens Classic Center Authority (Athens Civic Center)
  • Board Chairman, Athens Area Community Foundation
  • Board Member, Athens Regional Health Services
  • Advisory Board Member, Piedmont College
  • Board Member and Past President, Athens YMCA
  • Board Member, Athens Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Board Member, Athens Health Plan Select
  • Past President and Trustee, Foundation of Excellence in Public Education for Athens-Clarke County
john tebeau

John Tebeau

Market Executive

John has been with Synovus since 1997. He started in the bank’s management associate program, then held positions as assistant manager and manager in retail banking. He joined commercial banking in 2000 and currently serves as Market Executive with responsibility for commercial and industrial customers.

Originally from Adel, Georgia, he first moved to Athens to attend the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business, from which he received a degree in finance. John decided to come to Synovus on advice from his father, a career banker, because of the company’s leadership values and family environment. John and his wife have two children. In his free time, he enjoys golf, hunting, fishing, and cooking.

Work in our community

  • Treasurer, The Food Bank of Northeast Georgia
  • President, National Football Foundation -Athens Chapter
  • Member and Past Chair - Board of Directors, Boys and Girls Club of Athens
  • Member, Gridiron Secret Society
Mac McKnight

Mac McKnight

Senior Vice President, Commercial Banking

Originally from Columbus, Georgia, Mac is a University of Georgia graduate, where he earned his degree in Risk Management and Insurance from the Terry College of Business. He is also a graduate of Louisiana State University’s Graduate School of Banking. During his 14 years with Synovus, Mac has served many roles, including branch manager, commercial analyst, commercial mortgage originator, commercial banker, and commercial banking manager. Currently, he leads Commercial Real Estate Lending for the Northeast and Southeast portions of Georgia, as well as Northeast Florida. He’s been recognized as a member of the Synovus Chairman Circle of Excellence. To relax, Mac enjoys spending time with his family and his dog, playing golf, and rooting for the Georgia Bulldogs.

Work in our community

  • Athens Area Chamber of Commerce leadership program known as LEAD Athens
  • Serves on the Greater Athens Young Life board
  • Past Columbus, Georgia, Young Life volunteer leader for 9 years
  • Past Rome, Georgia, Young Life committee member
Phil Bettendorf

Phillip Bettendorf

Senior VP, Regional Retail Sales Manager

Phil joined Athens First in 1994, a decade after starting his banking career. Over the years, his responsibilities have included branch operations, business banking, retail banking, strategic planning, and facilities and ATM management. In recognition of his professional and community achievements, he was recently named to the Chairman’s Circle of Excellence. Phil has also received Synovus’s William B. Turner Humanitarian of the Year Award, presented to individuals with a deep commitment to making a difference in the lives of team members and their families.

Work in our community

  • Board Member, Athens Regional Foundation
  • Board Member and Chairman, Athens Technical Foundation
  • Board Member, Athens Area Community Foundation
  • Board Member and President-Elect, Athens Symphony
  • Board Member, Boy Scouts of Northeast Georgia
  • Member and Past President, Athens Rotary Club
  • Past Board Chair, Athens Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Steering Committee Member, L.E.A.D. Athens and L.E.A.D. Athens Alumni Association (community leadership program)
  • Past Board Member, Athens Downtown Development Authority
  • Past Board Member, Economic Development Foundation of Athens-Clarke County
  • Past Board Member, Industrial Development Authority of Athens-Clarke County