Sunday Business: CB&T announces Chairman's Council and President's Club honorees

March 8, 2014 

CB&T announces Chairman's Council and President's Club honorees

Columbus Bank and Trust on Friday honored its top-performing financial consultants, all part of Synovus Securities.

Chairman's Council honorees for 2013 are Len Sexton, Travis Wade, Luther Rutledge, Mike Marchetti and Craig Burts, while Joe Young and Dusty Wilson were recognized in the President's Club.

"These team members strive for excellence every day, and they set an example for all of us to follow," Billy Blanchard, CB&T president and chief executive officer, said in a statement. "I'm proud of all they've accomplished in 2013 and I am glad to see them recognized for their success."

Columbus Bank and Trust, founded in 1888, is a division of Synovus Financial Corp., a banking firm headquartered in Columbus. CB&T, the largest bank in Columbus in terms of deposits, operates 15 branch offices with 60 ATMs.

Columbus delegation visits state capitol

More than 40 Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce members traveled to the State Capitol Wednesday to meet with elected officials and learn about issues and legislation that could impact the Columbus region.

City Manager Isaiah Hugley, Columbus Chamber President and CEO Mike Gaymon, and the Chamber Governmental Affair's Committee Chair, Terry Smith, were accompanied by State Sen. Ed Harbison to the Senate floor and State Rep. Calvin Smyre to the House floor. It was there that a proclamation was read honoring the Columbus delegation's visit.

"There is no business that is not affected directly and indirectly by government," Gaymon said in a statement.

Smyre also introduced the chamber members to other local legislators -- Sen. Josh McKoon, Rep. Richard Smith and Rep. John Pezold.

Callaway Gardens competing in USA Today contest

USA Today notified Callaway Gardens last week that the nature destination in nearby Pine Mountain, Ga., is in the running for the publication's 10 Best Readers' Choice travel award in the category of best public garden.

But it will take a public vote to bring home the honor.

"There's stiff competition," said Patricia Collins, director of gardens. "We hope that everyone will vote every day until the deadline, and ask their friends and family to do the same."

Voting for the awards ends March 31 at midnight. There is a limit of one vote per day. To do so, visit

NeighborWorks Columbus receives $293,125 grant to offer affordable housing

NeighborWorks Columbus has been awarded a $293,125 grant from the NeighborWorks national organization for 2014 fiscal year.

The funding is appropriated through the congressional Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 and will help NeighborWorks Columbus revitalize homes in the city, offering affordable housing to local residents.

"I am very grateful for NeighborWorks' willingness to invest in Columbus through the awarding of this significant grant," Congressman Sanford D. Bishop Jr. said in announcing the funding. "I commend NeighborWorks Columbus for their ongoing commitment to creating jobs and supporting the American dream, and I look forward to viewing our communities grow due to their neighborly guardianship of the greater Columbus area."

Said Cathy Williams, president and chief executive officer of NeighborWorks Columbus, of her organization's mission: "(It is) to provide access to fit and affordable housing for all low to moderate income families. Our partnership with NeighborWorks America and the bi-partisan support from Congress is one of the tools we use to succeed in our mission."

Established by Congress in 1978, NeighborWorks and its network assisted almost 300,000 families and invested nearly $5.8 billion dollars in distressed communities in fiscal year 2013.

Law enforcement job fair at Fort Gordon

The Georgia Department of Corrections, in conjunction with the Georgia National Guard, will host several law enforcement and public safety agencies for a Military Personnel Career Fair on March 20.

The event takes place 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the U.S. Army Reserve Center at Fort Gordon in Augusta, Ga.

For more information, call 478-992-5247 or visit

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