Business leaders assume key roles

Danny Carter

Danny Carter

Several Southwest Georgia business leaders are being recognized and/or appointed to statewide leadership roles.

For example, we have a story in today’s edition about Mark Lane, who has led Synovus-owned SB&T here for almost a decade.

Lane added new duties Friday when he was named Synovus regional CEO.

He will be responsible for Synovus banks through Southwest Georgia and parts of Alabama and Florida. Despite the geographic challenge, Lane will continue to live in Albany.

Another bank executive, Len Dorminey of HeritageBank of the South, has been named to the 2012 board of directors for the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. Dorminey has led HeritageBank through a period of unprecedented growth during the past couple of years, buying banks during a period when many banks are struggling to remain open.

Albanian Jeff “Bodine” Sinyard is one of the committee chairmen this year for the Georgia Chamber.

He is chairman of the Board Engagement Committee. The owner of Adams Exterminators Inc. in Albany, Sinyard is one of the most well connected business leaders in the state.

He has working relationships with many political leaders on the regional, state and national levels.

Two other area business leaders, Mary Beth Hobby of Albany and Patrick Millsaps of Camilla, have been named to the Leadership Georgia Class of 2012.

Hobby is vice president, marketing, for HeritageBank, and Millsaps is partner/owner of Millsaps Law Firm.

IDENTITY THEFT: The Albany Area Chamber of Commerce will host its first Lunch and Learn session of the year Monday on the topic of identity theft.

The one-hour program will begin at noon.

The session is being conducted in cooperation with the Albany Police Department.

Topics include current identity theft trends and measures to protect yourself from identity theft.

The program will be conducted at the Albany Convention & Visitors Bureau headquarters, 112 N. Front St.