Jim Blanchard

James H. Blanchard
Chairman, Board of Advisors, JBA Capital, LLC
Retired Chairman of the Board and CEO, Synovus


Blanchard began his service with Synovus Financial Corp. in June 1970 and served as CEO of Synovus from 1971 until being named Chairman of the Board in July 2005. Blanchard retired from Synovus in October 2006. In 2011, he partnered with the Jordan Company, a Columbus-based real estate and investment firm, to create Jordan-Blanchard Capital.


BBA, The University of Georgia, 1963
LLB, The University of Georgia, 1965


  • Chairman and CEO, Retired, Synovus Financial Corp.
  • Lead Director, Total System Services, Inc.
  • Emeritus Director, Columbus Bank and Trust Company
  • Retired Lead Director, AT&T Corporation
  • Director, W.C. Bradley Co.
  • Director, Chick-fil-A, Inc.
  • Chairman, Global Teen Challenge Advisory Board
  • Chairman, Florida/Georgia Teen Challenge Board of Directors
  • Director, World Leader's Group
  • Director, EQUIP
  • Member Emeritus, Terry Dean's Advisory Council, University of Georgia
  • Member, Building Terry Campaign Cabinet, University of Georgia
  • Member, Lead Like Jesus National Advisory Board
  • Member, Georgia Historical Society Board of Curators
  • Trustee, Columbus State Unviersity Foundation
  • Past Trustee and Past Chairman, Georgia Research Alliance
  • Past Director and Past Chairman, Financial Services Roundtable
  • Past Director and Past Chairman, BITS (formerly Bankers Information Technology Secretariat)
  • Past Director, American Bankers Association


  • Alumni Merit Award for distinguished and loyal service, The University of Georgia, 2015
  • Impact Award for “Building Better Lives,” New Horizons Community Services Board, 2014
  • The Sue Marie and Bill Turner Servant Leadership Award, The Pastoral Institute, 2013
  • Divine Servant Leadership Award, Lead Like Jesus, 2012
  • 2010 FinTech Lifetime Achievement Award, Technology Association of Georgia
  • 2008-2009 Honorary Chairman, Financial Services Roundtable Scholarship Foundation
  • Designated First Presidential Fellow, Columbus State University, 2009
  • Charter Recipient, Georgia Ethics in Business Award, 2009. The award is now known as the Blanchard Award in Business Ethics
  • Southeastern University Doctorate of Humane Letters, 2009
  • The Eddie Sams Award, University of Georgia Golf Team, 2008
  • Rozier Dedwylder Leadership Award, Uptown Columbus Inc., 2008
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Technology Association of Georgia, 2007
  • Woodruff Award, Columbus Chamber of Commerce, 2007
  • VanLandingham Award, Georgia Council on Economic Education, 2006
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Award, Delta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. Educational Foundation, 2006
  • “Most Influential Georgians Hall of Fame,” Georgia Trend magazine, 2006
  • “25 Most Influential People in Financial Services,” US Banker magazine, 2005
  • Beta Gamma Sigma International Honoree Award, 2005
  • “Georgian of the Year,” Georgia Trend magazine, 2003
  • “Most Respected CEO” in the state, Georgia Trend magazine, 1997