Readers of Georgia Trend magazine have chosen Columbus Bank & Trust as one of the top “Best Places to Work in Georgia” for 2010.
The recognition, which appears in the magazine’s November edition, cites the local employer’s tuition assistance, free health screenings and volunteer work in the community as reasons for the designation. It also notes staffers receive 20 hours of leave each year to attend school and sports activities of family members.
CB&T employees wrote letters to Georgia Trend as part of the nomination process, said Billy Blanchard, the bank’s president and chief operating officer.
Steve Melton, CB&T’s chief executive officer, noted the financial institution marked its 122nd anniversary last Friday, calling the magazine’s honor a “wonderful gift.”
“There is no question it’s a tough time to be in our industry,” Melton said Wednesday in a statement. “Our team members are constantly being challenged. So to hear that they took the time to lift up our company for this recognition is very special to me.”
The bank is a division of Columbus-based Synovus Financial Corp., a regional banking firm that has suffered a string of financial losses related to the recession and housing crisis over the last two years.
This is the fifth year for the Georgia Trend list. Other Georgia employers receiving the “Best Places to Work” designation include Carroll EMC in Carrollton; Delta Community Credit Union in Atlanta; Georgia Transmission Co. in Tucker; J.P. Turner & Co. in Atlanta; Nexxtep Technology Services in Valdosta; Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville; Shaw Industries in Dalton; Spitfire Media Group in Buford; and Trevelino/Keller in Atlanta.
In other Synovus news, the banking firm said Roger Brown, senior vice president and regional manager for Synovus Trust, has received the 2010 Alabama Trust Career Award from the Alabama Bankers Association. Brown has worked in the trust sector 38 years.
— Tony Adams