About James H. Blanchard
James H. Blanchard currently serves as chairman of the board of advisors for Jordan-Blanchard Capital, LLC, a firm that focuses on investing in small businesses in the manufacturing, distribution and business services sectors. Prior to founding Jordan-Blanchard, he served as chairman of the board and CEO of Synovus Financial Corp., a multi-billion dollar financial services company based in Columbus, Georgia. Synovus bank divisions provide commercial and retail banking, investment and mortgage services to customers in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Florida and Tennessee.
In 2006, he was instrumental in forming a partnership with Columbus State University's Cunningham Center for Leadership Development to create the Jim Blanchard Leadership Forum. The mission of the forum is to provide Columbus, and the region, the opportunity to interact with some of the most influential political, military and business leaders in the world to create a synergy that raises both the local and national standard for leadership development.
Previous speakers at the forum include President George W. Bush, former First Lady Laura Bush, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, former U.S. Senators Sam Nunn and Zell Miller, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, author Ken Blanchard, author John Maxwell, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, General David Petraeus and former U.S. Attorney General Griffin Bell.
Additionally, Blanchard is a past director of the American Bankers Association, past chairman of the Georgia Research Alliance and member emeritus of the Terry Dean’s Advisory Council at his alma mater, the University of Georgia. He is also a member of the board of directors of Total System Services, Inc. and serves as lead director. He was previously named “Most Respected CEO” by Georgia Trend Magazine.