Meet our team

Meet our team in Atlanta

Allen Barker

Allen Barker

Division CEO

Allen’s professional responsibilities have multiplied greatly since he started out with us in 1997 as a commercial banker. Today he’s responsible for managing our business development and commercial, retail and private wealth activities in metro Atlanta and Northwest Georgia. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and LSU Graduate Banking School. In his free time, he’s fond of a round of golf and traveling with family and friends.

Work in our community

  • Advisory Board Member, Allied Financial Corp.
  • Board Member, Roswell Economic Development and Tourism, Inc.
  • Former Board Member, Ed Isakson/Alpharetta Family YMCA
  • Co-Chair, North Metro Miracle League Carl Black No Limits Classic Golf Tournament
  • Former Board Member, Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce
  • Former Board Member, North Metro Miracle League

Matt McClure

Market Executive
Northeast Atlanta

Matt has been with Synovus since 2010 and has more than two decades of banking experience. He believes that banking at its core has historically been about providing financial and advisory support to local businesses, individuals and organizations, which leads to stronger and more stable communities. He holds a B.A. in English, and he is a graduate of the Stonier Banking School and Wharton Business School Leadership Program. Matt is a long-time resident of Forsyth County with his wife and three children. In his free time, he enjoys camping, cooking, and coaching baseball and softball.

Work in our community

  • Board Member, Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce
  • Board Member and Treasurer, Forsyth Community Clinic
  • Board Member, Forsyth County Park and Recreation
  • Former Board Member and Board Chairman, United Way of Forsyth County
  • Former Board Member and Board Chairman, Leadership Forsyth
  • Forsyth County Baseball/Softball Coach
Charlie Barnwell

Charles M. Barnwell

Market President
Northwest Atlanta

A life-long banker, Charlie has more than 35 years’ experience helping businesses and individual with their financial needs. He joined Synovus in 2011, “because I was familiar with members of the management team, and respected their management philosophies and style.” A Georgia native, Charlie earned a bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Georgia. Married with four children, when he isn’t working he enjoys working in his yard and attending sporting events.

Work in our community

  • Board Member Cobb Chamber Foundation
  • Board Member/Treasurer Cobb Community Foundation
  • Former Board Member of Cobb Library Foundation
  • Member of the Government Relations Committee Cobb Chamber of Commerce
Ray Kathe

Raymond A. Kathe

Market President
West and South Metro Atlanta

Ray has 37 years’ banking industry experience. He joined Synovus in 2010, and supervises teams responsible for commercial loans and deposits for companies with revenues of $100 million or less in the West and South metro areas of Atlanta. Additionally, Ray is the senior market executive for the region. He earned his bachelor’s in Finance and his MBA from the University of Georgia. Although originally from Florida, Ray has lived in Georgia for 40+ years. He and his wife live in Villa Rica, where he is an active sailor and rabbit hunter.

Work in our community

  • Foundation Board Member, Better Business Bureau of Atlanta
  • Board Member, Better Business Bureau of Atlanta
  • Member, Kiwanis Club of Carrollton
  • Past Board Member, Kiwanis Club of Carrollton
  • Past Board Member, Douglas County Chamber of Commerce
  • Past Board Member, Douglas County Development Authority
  • Past Member of the Kiwanis Club of Douglas County

Konda Pollard

Senior Director
Private Wealth Management

Konda has more than 20 years of experience in Private Banking and Private Wealth Management, including 12 years with Synovus. Prior to this leadership role, she served as a Family Office Advisor in the Synovus Family Office.

Konda is a graduate of the Cannon Trust School, and has an M.B.A. from the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University and a B.S. in Finance and Mathematics from Florida Southern College. She is a Certified Trust and Financial Advisor (CTFA), and has Series 7 and 66 Securities licenses through Synovus Securities, Inc.

Konda is the recipient of the Synovus Chairman’s Circle of Excellence James D. Yancey Covenant Award and she is a five-time recipient of the Synovus Chairman’s Circle of Excellence Sales and Service Award.

Work in our community

  • Advisory Board Member of the Shepherd Center
  • Member of the Atlanta Estate Planning Council
  • Member of the North Georgia Estate Planning Council

Marie Mikle

Market Executive
Central Atlanta

Mikle joined Synovus in 2001 and leads the bank’s outreach to commercial clients in Buckhead, Midtown, and the City of Atlanta. She is a recent winner of Synovus’ James H. Blanchard Leadership Award, a four-time recipient of Synovus’ Circle of Excellence Commercial Banking Manager Award, and she has led her team to a Synovus North Georgia Commercial Banking Team Award for six consecutive years. She is a graduate of the University of Alabama, as well as a graduate of ABA Commercial Lending Graduate School at Purdue University.

Work in our community

  • Former Board Member at Providence Christian Academy
  • Former Treasurer at Sandy Springs Civitan
  • Team Leader Bible Study Fellowship
  • Former Treasurer Gwinnett County Republicans
  • Active Volunteer at Lilburn Coop