Meet our team

Meet our team in Tampa Bay

Sean Simpson

Division CEO

Sean Simpson began his career with Synovus in 2003 as group retail manager/executive in Sarasota, Florida. Since then, he’s held various roles within Synovus, including community/regional executive for Florida’s West Coast, regional chief operating and administrative officer for the same market, group executive for business banking at the company’s headquarters, and group executive for the retail branch network across the entire Synovus footprint. In 2019, during the Florida Community Bank acquisition, Sean was named Division CEO for the newly expanded Central and South Florida markets.

As Division CEO, Sean is responsible for the Community Banking operation for the Florida Division. He leads a talented team of professionals in executing the bank’s strategy across the Florida footprint for the areas of Retail Banking, Commercial Banking, and Private Wealth Management. Sean is devoted to supporting valued initiatives in all of Synovus’s business interests, which are designed to drive growth in our local markets, reduce expenses, and increase shareholder value.

Sean earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from Auburn University, and he holds an MBA from the University of Florida. In his free time, Sean enjoys spending time with his family and relaxing on Florida’s beautiful beaches.

Michael Kelley

Senior Director
Middle Market Banking

Michael Kelley is an experienced finance professional with over 30 years helping companies of all sizes achieve their financial objectives. He is responsible for the growth and management of the Synovus middle market team in the Tampa area. He and his team are committed to providing customized financial solutions and advice to companies, their owners and management team.

He began his career with National City Bank in various departments, including middle market, corporate investments, and real estate lending. After the purchase of National City Bank by PNC Bank in 2008, Michael took on additional leadership responsibilities in middle market and large corporate banking.

Prior to joining Synovus in 2021, he served as Regional Vice President and Market Leader for Wells Fargo Bank in Columbus, Ohio. Michael started the office from scratch in 2010, and he and his team provided financial services to over 60 middle market companies.

John Acosta

Market President
Tampa Bay Area

John Acosta joined Synovus as market president for the Tampa Bay (FL) area in 2022, bringing four decades of local banking experience to the role. John joined Synovus from Cadence Bank, where he was executive vice president and led the business and commercial banking line of business. At Synovus, John leads a team inspired by the success of business and residential clients in communities across Tampa Bay and committed to enhancing the reputation of Synovus as a trusted financial partner.

John currently serves on the boards of the Tampa Bay Sports Commission and the Tampa Bay Economic Development Corporation. A native Floridian and alumnus of Florida State University, he previously served on the board of governors of the FSU College of Business. He and his wife call the Tampa Bay area home, as do their two grown sons.

Sarah Butcher

Community Banking Executive

Sarah brings more than a decade of expertise in commercial real estate underwriting and portfolio management to her role at Synovus. Before joining us in 2014, she was a senior portfolio management officer for Bank of America’s commercial real estate team. Based in Tampa, she now oversees commercial real estate business development and sales strategies for developers and investors in our footprint (Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee, Sarasota, Lee and Collier counties). She’s extremely experienced in arranging construction, acquisition and refinance lending packages for a broad range of commercial projects, including multifamily, retail, office, industrial, hospitality and senior housing. Sarah is a marathon runner and Ironman triathlete with an interest in world travel.

Work in our community

  • Real Estate Investment Council, Tampa Chapter
  • Tampa Bay Bergstrom Council Member
  • Event Planning Committee Member, Make-A-Wish Foundation (Central and Northern Florida)