Meet our team

Meet our team in Sumter

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

Melissa White
Melissa H. White

Market President, Sumter


For Melissa, banking is about working with people to learn about their companies and helping them grow those businesses. With 35 years’ banking experience, she often serves on local boards with business clients where their common goal is to make the community better. Melissa was recognized with the Sumter Junior Welfare League “Spirit of the League” award in 2015, and she became a member of the Synovus Chairman’s Club in 2016. A native of Columbia, S.C., she earned a bachelor’s in Finance from the University of South Carolina. Melissa is married and has two grown children. Her hobbies include reading, walking on the beach or hiking in the mountains, spending time with family and friends, painting, and listening to music.

Work in our community

Executive council of Sumter County HeartWalk

USC-Sumter Partnership Board

Sumter-Shaw Community Council

Past Chair rep Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce Board

Sumter Smarter Growth Initiative Board

Past Chairman Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce

Past Finance Chair and Board member SC Girl Scouts-Mountains to Midlands

Past Chairman Sumter County Gallery of Art

Past Treasurer Sumter County Museum

Past Board Congaree Land Trust

Past Honorary Commander 20th Fighter Wing Shaw AFB

Past Treasurer United Way of Sumter Lee and Clarendon Counties

Nelson Walker
Charles Nelson Walker

Market President, Manning


Nelson is a life-long banker with 31 years’ banking experience. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of South Carolina, and he also graduated from the S.C. Bankers School and the School of Banking at Louisiana State University. When he isn’t talking with customers and helping them manage their finances, he enjoys spending time with his family, bass fishing and hunting.

Work in our community

Board member, Clarendon County Disabilities and Special Needs

Board member, Clarendon County Chamber of Commerce

Manning Rotary Club

Clarendon County Historical Society, Richardson Cemetery Committee Chair

Summerton Duckfest Festival, Committee Chair

Past President and Committee Chair, CCDSNB

Past President, Clarendon County Chamber of Commerce

Past President, Manning Jaycees

Past Committee Chair, Clarendon County Striped Bass Festival

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