Meet our team

Meet our team in Camden

John Griggs
John C. Griggs, III

Market President, South Carolina Central Region

A native South Carolinian, John joined Synovus after earning his bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina. He is also a graduate of the South Carolina Bankers School, and the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University. In 2017, John received two key honors; he was named Outstanding Young Banker for 2017 by the South Carolina Bankers Association, and he was selected by the Columbia Chamber of Commerce as the Young Professional of the Year. When he isn’t working, John enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, and watching Gamecock football.

Work in our community

Immediate Past Chair, Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital Board

Past Chair, SC Bankers School

Board Member, Palmetto Health Foundation

Board Member, Columbia Chamber of Commerce

Board Member, City Center Partnership

Board Member, USC Alumni Association Richland Lexington Chapter

Karen Eckford
Karen R. Eckford

Market President, Camden

Karen has been a banker her entire professional life. Banking allows her to establish and nurture relationships with neighbors in her community, and to be a trusted advisor helping them with their financial needs. When she isn’t working, Karen enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, and doing volunteer work, for which she has been honored with numerous community service awards and recognition.

Work in our community

Health Services District of Kershaw County

United Way of Kershaw County

Livewell Kershaw

Past Board Chairman for the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County

Past Chairman of Food for the Soul-Kershaw County

Past Chairman Committee of 100 for Economic Development in Kershaw County

Past Chairman CAST Coalition for Kershaw County

Past Chairman The Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce

Past Chairman the United Way of Kershaw County

Past Chairman Camden Rotary Club

Chuck Garnett
C.W. "Chuck" Garnett

Division CEO

Born in Columbia and raised in Charleston, Chuck knows South Carolina from the mountains to the coast—a fitting background for the leader who oversees our statewide presence. He began his banking career in 1984 and joined NBSC (now known as Synovus) in 1993. Over the years, his responsibilities have expanded from Upstate Regional Executive to Division CEO. “At Synovus,” Chuck says, “our bankers believe in giving back to their communities as well as playing a role in helping their communities grow and prosper.” He’s a perfect example of this philosophy in action.

Work in our community

Member, South Carolina Centers of Economic Excellence Review Board

Board Member and Executive Committee, Central Carolina Economic Development Alliance

Board Member and Executive Committee, Midlands Business Leadership Group

Board Member and Executive Committee, SC Economics

Board Member and Finance Committee, SC Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics Foundation

Board Member, SC Chamber of Commerce

Board Member, Transitions

Board Member, SC Business & Industry Political Education Committee

Trustee, USC Business Partnership Foundation

Board of Visitors, University of South Carolina

Member, Palmetto Business Forum

Boyd Jones
Boyd Jones

Executive VP

Director Middle Market Banking

A South Carolina banking veteran, Boyd joined NBSC (now known as Synovus) in 1991. He is responsible for supervising our commercial and industrial lending, a role that allows him to help businesses and organizations statewide to expand and grow. Located in Columbia, Boyd is also an active community leader with extensive local and regional involvement.

Work in our community

Board Chairman, Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce

Board Member, Benedict College

Chairman, USC Educational Foundation

Board of Advisors, Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina

Past Chairman, City Center Partnership

Member, South Carolina Bankers Association

Past Member, South Carolina Business Industry Political Education Committee

Past Board Member, Boy Scouts of America (Indian Waters Council)


Sam Baxter
Sam Baxter

Senior Director of Private Wealth

South Carolina

During Sam’s 34-plus years as a banker, he’s served clients and industries in locations from the Upstate to coastal South Carolina. As South Carolina's Senior Director of Private Wealth, Sam supports Synovus offices in Columbia, Lexington, Camden, Sumter, Florence, Manning and Bishopville counties. He also dedicates time and expertise to a wide range of community activities.

Work in our community

Finance Committee Member, United Way of the Midlands

Member, Palmetto Society, United Way of the Midlands

Member, South Carolina Economic Developers’ Association

Member, University Associates, University of South Carolina

Member, Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce

Member, Junior Achievement

Volunteer, Harvest Hope Food Bank

Volunteer, March of Dimes


tyler hudson
Tyler Hudson

Director, Commercial Real Estate

Tyler joined Synovus in 1997, and over the years has worked in a variety of roles. Originally from Kentucky, he earned a bachelor’s in Political Science and Business Administration from Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C. In 2011, Tyler was named Outstanding Young Alumnus from his alma mater, and was recognized by the South Carolina Bankers Association as Outstanding Young Banker.

Married with three sons, he enjoys golf, outdoor activities, and watching his sons play sports.  

Work in our community

Junior Achievement of Greater SC Board

South Carolina Business Hall of Fame Chair

The River Alliance Board of Directors

Columbia Development Corporation- Executive Committee

Downtown Presbyterian Church – Elder

SC Independent Colleges and Universities Board – Retirement Planning Committee