Meet our team

Meet our team in Jacksonville

Damon Olinto

Market President

A native of Jacksonville, Damon was a high school math teacher for many years before moving to the world of finance. With a degree in banking and finance from the University of North Florida, he first worked at three other Jacksonville-area banks as a specialist in commercial, industrial and commercial real estate lending. He joined Synovus in 2003, initially as president of Synovus Bank of Jacksonville. In 2009 he was appointed chief executive officer of Synovus’s Northeast Florida division, which includes both Synovus Bank of Jacksonville and First Coast Community Bank. Damon is responsible for our client services and financial operations, with a focus on business banking and wealth management. Out of the office, he enjoys “golf, coaching children’s sports, golf, family, golf, reading and golf.” He is a recent grandfather.

Work in our community

  • Chairman of the 2018 PLAYERS Championship
  • Past Board Member, Clara White Mission
  • Treasurer, Rotary Club of Deerwood
  • Past Board Chair, University of North Florida College of Education & Human Sciences
  • Past Board Member, Northeast Florida Builders Association
  • Volunteer, American Heart Association

Kenneth R. "Rick" Sargeant

Senior VP, Commercial Banking Manager

Rick is a native of Hollywood, Florida and has called Jacksonville his home since 1992. He attended both Florida State and UNF. He was a commercial lender for nearly 12 years at SunTrust Bank and SouthTrust Bank before joining Bank of Jacksonville’s Commercial Lending Group in 2004. Now, as the group’s manager, his responsibilities extend across our entire geographic footprint, focusing on business and commercial banking. He also oversees the Commercial Lending Group’s partnering with specialists in Treasury Management, Synovus Securities, Inc., and Synovus Mortgage Corporation. Outside the office, Rick enjoys coaching youth baseball at Creeks Baseball Club.

Work in our community

  • Board of Directors, Junior Achievement of North Florida

Michelle McClellan

Senior VP, Private Wealth Advisor

A University of Florida graduate originally from Rock Hill, SC. Michelle has been a banker for more than 30 years. Beginning as a credit analyst, she soon discovered an affinity for working with private banking customers and has never looked back. In 2007, she became part of the Synovus Jacksonville team. She now manages our Private Wealth Group, serving business owners, executives, physicians, attorneys and other high income, high net worth individuals. Michelle holds Series 7 & 66 securities and investment advisory licenses, as well as the Florida 215 health insurance and variable annuities license.  Personal interests include reading, SEC football and spending time in North Carolina.

Work in our community

  • UF Health Leadership Council

Patrick F. Kincaid

Commercial Banker

A native of Jacksonville, Patrick has 17 years of commercial banking and finance experience. Since joining Synovus in 2014, he has been partnering with local business customers to help them achieve their financial goals. A graduate of the University of North Florida, when Patrick isn’t working he coaches children’s baseball and plays golf.

Work in our community

  • Jacksonville Sports Council
  • JAX MVP 2017
  • Creeks Baseball Club