Four Columbus residents named among 100 Most Influential Georgians of 2019

CSU president named as one of the 100 Most Influential Georgians of 2019

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Four Columbus residents making their mark on the state of Georgia have earned a spot among the 100 Most Influential Georgians of 2019.

The recipients include:

  • Aflac Chair and CEO Dan Amos
  • Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Brian Anderson
  • Columbus State University President Chris Markwood
  • Synovus Chair and CEO Kessel Stelling

It was announced by Georgia Trend, a magazine that recognizes Georgians who are successful in their careers.

Under Amos' leadership, Aflac, a giant in the world of insurance, supports causes that work to end childhood cancer, build houses with Habitat for Humanity and diverts more than 881,000 pounds of solid waste from landfills, according to Georgia Trend.

The magazine cites Anderson’s leadership in the Chamber of Commerce that saw job growth through Global Callcenter Solutions and beginning construction on a VA facility that will provide services for 30,000 veterans for his inclusion on the list.

Georgia Trend recognized how Markwood’s leadership has helped CSU “surge forward,” citing CSU’s 60th anniversary and the recent renaming of the Synovus Center for Commerce and Technology.

This is the third year in a row that Markwood has been named to the list.

The magazine identified Synovus' acquisition of FCB Financial Holdings under Stelling’s leadership, making Synovus the Southeast’s largest mid-cap bank by deposits.

For more information on Georgia Trend’s 100 Most Influential Georgians of 2019, please click here.

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