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Cohutta Banking Co. president and Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce chairman Mike Sarvis is photographed in the CBC offices Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016, in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Mike Sarvis, the market president of Synovus Bank in Chattanooga and a former chairman of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, is leaving Chattanooga at the end of the month to return to Greenville, South Carolina where he previously worked and where his wife is from.

Sarvis, the 52-year-old banker who has worked at Synovus for nearly 19 years, said Friday he is taking on a new job he will announce later in Greenville.

"It's a 'homecoming' of sorts for our family as I started my banking career there 30 years ago, Andrea was raised there and our first two children were born there," Sarvis said. "It's very bittersweet to be leaving Chattanooga but we're excited about the new adventure ahead of us. I'll be starting over there in a couple of weeks so my last day at Synovus will be later next week."

Sarvis came to the former Cohutta Banking Co. in Dalton, Georgia after working with First Citizens Bank in Greenville, South Carolina. In Chattanooga, he helped grow Synovus' local deposits to $156.6 million as of June 30, making Synovus the 13th biggest of the 28 banks operating in metro Chattanooga.

Synovus has not yet announced a successor for Sarvis to head its Chattanoga operations.

Sarvis served as Chattanooga Chamber chairman in 2017 and also previously served as chairman of the Boys & Girls Club of Chattanooga and the Chattanooga Heart Walk. A father of three children, he was also formerly president of the Leadership Chattanooga Alumni Association.

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