Synovus Supports Operation HOPE through Board Membership, HOPE Inside Office

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Synovus Supports Operation HOPE through Board Membership, HOPE Inside Office

Chairman of Columbus Bank and Trust and Synovus Regional CEO Billy Blanchard with HOPE Inside Financial Management Consultant Don Thomas, Georgia State Representative Calvin Smyre, and Operation HOPE Atlanta Market Region President Louis Negron attend the HOPE Inside office dedication event.

Chairman of Columbus Bank and Trust and Synovus Regional CEO Billy Blanchard with HOPE Inside Financial Management Consultant Don Thomas, Georgia State Representative Calvin Smyre, and Operation HOPE Atlanta Market Region President Louis Negron attend the HOPE Inside office dedication event.

Operation HOPE is a non-profit organization focused on providing financial empowerment and investment opportunities to advance the economic development and quality of life in low and moderate income communities.

Synovus Chairman and CEO Kessel Stelling was invited to participate in a CEO perspectives panel at the January 2015 Operation HOPE Global Forum. Since then, the relationship between Synovus and Operation HOPE has grown even stronger. In April, Synovus General Counsel Allan E. Kamensky joined the Operation HOPE southeastern board of directors.

Left to right: Chairman of Columbus Bank and Trust and Synovus Regional CEO Billy Blanchard and Rev. Noble D. Williams, pastor of an area church, with Synovus Regional Retail Sales Manager Carolynn Obleton and Eddie Lowe at the HOPE Inside office dedication event. Lowe is Business Development Manager for CB&T of East Alabama and is also mayor of Phenix City, a growing community adjacent to Columbus which will benefit from the HOPE Inside program.

Left to right: Chairman of Columbus Bank and Trust and Synovus Regional CEO Billy Blanchard and Rev. Noble D. Williams, pastor of an area church, with Synovus Regional Retail Sales Manager Carolynn Obleton and Eddie Lowe at the HOPE Inside office dedication event. Lowe is Business Development Manager for CB&T of East Alabama and is also mayor of Phenix City, a growing community adjacent to Columbus which will benefit from the HOPE Inside program.

In July, Synovus opened an Operation HOPE office to deliver the HOPE Inside program to individuals throughout the Columbus, Georgia and Phenix City, Alabama region. The HOPE Inside office is located in the South Columbus branch of Columbus Bank and Trust (CB&T), a division of Synovus Bank. HOPE Inside is part of Operation HOPE’s Project 5117 initiative to provide financial empowerment opportunities to underserved and under-resourced communities. The office is the first of its kind in the Columbus region.

In September, Synovus celebrated its Operation HOPE relationship with a grand opening event at the HOPE Inside office and introduced to the public HOPE Inside counselor Don Thomas. Thomas offers credit and money management counseling to consumers, plus a 700 Credit Score Communities program as well as entrepreneurial training for aspiring small business owners. Thomas also hosts workshops and provides one-on-one client support.

Congratulations Synovus!