Meet our team

Meet our team in Birmingham

Nelson Bean
Nelson S. Bean

Division CEO


A Birmingham native, Nelson joined First Commercial Bank a few years after graduating from college and has never looked back. He is not only a leader within our local community, but a champion of community involvement throughout the entire region.

Work in our community

Board Member, United Way of Central Alabama

Board Member, VIVA Health, Inc.

Board Member, Leadership Birmingham

Board Member, WoodlawnFoundation

Past President, Kiwanis Club of Birmingham

Lessie Brady
Lessie O. Brady

Executive VP
Senior Director, Private Wealth Management Group


Lessie leads our Private Wealth Management team, whose financial planning strategies often involve Synovus Trust, Synovus Mortgage and Synovus Securities expertise. In addition to helping our clients improve their financial well-being, Lessie’s commitment to the Birmingham community is evident in her volunteer activities, from serving as president of Oasis Counseling for Women to board member of the YMCA. 

Work in our community

Board Member, YMCA

Board Member, The Bell Center

Past President, Oasis Counseling for Women

Founding DIVA, Women United

Laura R. Clark
Laura R. Clarke

Executive Vice President Commercial Banking


Laura joined Synovus in 2017 with more than 30 years’ experience in the financial services industry. Her comprehensive understanding of underwriting and loan structuring for middle market commercial customers and her expertise coordinating with strategic partners, credit risk partners, and implementation teams enable her to provide creative and often unique solutions to address complex client issues. Laura earned her bachelor’s in Commerce with a concentration in Finance and Marketing from the University of Virginia, and her MBA from Boston College. Active in the Birmingham community, Laura has been a United Way Visiting Allocation Team member for 15 years.

Work in our community

ARC of Shelby County Board – Board Treasurer, Board Compliance Officer

Laura Crandall Brown Ovarian Cancer Foundation - Board Member

STAIR (Start The Adventure In Reading) – past Board Member and Treasurer

Oak Mountain Schools – PTO, Athletic Boosters, and Academic Partners

Girl Scout Troop 188 – past Treasurer

Birmingham Area Boy Scouts

Samford Brock School of Business Advisory Board

Mike Crane
Michael Crane

Senior VP, Commercial Banking


A Birmingham resident since earning his MBA here, Mike has worked with businesses in our community for over 10 years. Now the leader of our local commercial banking team, he gets a thrill out of helping entrepreneurs and business owners achieve their goals. “My wife and I can’t imagine a better community to raise our three children in,” he says.

Work in our community

Board Member, Foundation Capital

Loan Committee Member, Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham

Member, Leadership UAB