Meet our team

Meet our team in Pensacola

Eddie Norris
James Edward "Eddie" Norris III

Market President

Eddie is a native of middle Georgia, born and raised in Columbus. Soon after graduating from Columbus State, he joined Columbus Bank & Trust as an assistant branch manager. Named a senior vice president in 1992, he was serving as the Columbus bank’s senior manager of commercial real estate when he became market president. Since then Synovus has honored him with the James H. Blanchard Leadership Award, which recognizes individuals who demonstrate the best use of leadership and interpersonal skills such as teamwork, communication, and coaching. Outside the office, Eddie enjoys hunting and fishing with his family and friends. He and his wife Kerry have five sons from 11 to 27 years old.

Work in the middle Georgia community

Board Chairman-Elect and Past Campaign Chair, United Way of Central Georgia

2015 Campaign Chairman, United Way of Central Georgia

2014 Campaign Chairman, United Way of Central Georgia

2012-2016 Baseball Coach, Perry Junior League

2014 Robins Regional Chamber of Commerce Board


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Alan Nickelsen

Executive VP, Commercial Banking Manager

Alan is a rarity: a seventh-generation Pensacolian. A graduate of Birmingham-Southern College, he started his career 18 years ago as a Middle Market banker at SouthTrust Bank in Birmingham. Ten years ago he returned to Pensacola as a commercial banker at Wells Fargo Bank, covering the Florida Panhandle. Since joining Synovus in 2015, he has worked with our business and commercial clients in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. In his free time Alan enjoys traveling, exercising and sports.

Work in our community

Board Chair, YMCA

Board Member and Treasurer, Fiesta of Five Flags

Board Member, Pensacola State Foundation

Member and Past President, Five Flags Rotary Club

Board Member, Sacred Heart Health System

Jon Dodds
Executive Vice President, Commercial Banking

Jon Dodds joined Synovus in 1980 and has more than 40 years of experience in the banking industry. As an EVP in Commercial Banking, Jon enjoys helping his clients reach their financial goals.

Jon earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Columbus State University, and he also completed the Graduate School of Banking at LSU. In his free time, Jon enjoys hunting and fishing in the great outdoors.


Work in our community

St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital (since 2012)

Karen Burke
Senior Vice President, Private Wealth Advisor

Karen joined Synovus in 2017 and has 35 years of banking experience. She was drawn to Synovus because of the excellent culture and the customer covenant. “I serve our clients as a proactive and trusted financial advisor by providing private banking, lending, and depository services, and I also provide risk management, asset management, wealth transfer, and financial planning,” Karen says.

Karen earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration with a major in finance from Sullivan University in Louisville, Kentucky. In her free time, Karen enjoys playing with her grandchildren, lounging on the beach, boating, and traveling.


Work in our community

Board of Trustees, Pensacola Opera

Member, Impact 100

Member, Pensacola Women’s Association


Certification, Florida Department of Insurance Life, Accident and Health

Registered Representative, Synovus Securities, Inc.

Investment Advisory Representative, Synovus Securities, Inc.

Financial Paraplanner Qualified Professional™, College of Financial Planning

Certified Wealth Strategist – CWS®, Cannon Financial Institute

Keith Beckham
Keith Beckham
Executive Vice President

With over 30 years of banking experience, Keith is passionate about helping both consumers and businesses achieve their financial goals. In 2009, Keith joined Synovus as a commercial lender. Today, as agricultural commercial banking manager, his responsibilities include oversight of the agricultural loan portfolio, aiding the bank’s agricultural lenders, and staying ahead of current trends in the agricultural sector. This allows him to help others achieve their financial goals.
Keith earned a BS and an MA in agricultural economics from Auburn University, and he also completed the Graduate School of Banking at LSU and Southeastern Agricultural Lending School at Clemson. To relax, Keith enjoys hunting, fishing, farming, and piloting.

Work in our Community

AIB, BAI, GBA, CBAG, ABA, AYB, CBAA, Georgia Chamber of Commerce

Past Director, Community Bankers Association of Alabama

Past Board Member, Chamber of Commerce, Carroll County, GA

Past Board Member, Chamber of Commerce, Screven County, GA

Past Board Member, Chamber of Commerce, Auburn, AL

Past Commissioner, Carroll County, GA Planning and Zoning

Past Board of Appeals, Carroll County, GA Planning and Zoning

Past Director, Rotary Club Dothan

Past Director, Rotary Club Perry

Past Board and President Elect, Sertoma Club of Villa Rica

Past Board Member and Secretary, Kiwanis Club of Auburn

Past Board Member, Screven County High School Athletic Boosters

Past Drive Chairman, United Way, Auburn, AL

Past Drive Chairman, American Heart Association, Opelika, AL

Past Instructor, Junior Achievement, GA, AL, KY