Michael E. Edens

January 25, 2010 

His job: Senior vice president/private banking manager, National Bank of South Carolina

Age: 34

Family: Wife, Cindy; two children, Everett, 3; Lucy, 10 months

Education: Bachelor's degree in finance from Wofford College; S.C. Banker's School; Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University

Community/professional involvement: President's advisory board, Wofford College; board member, Hammond School, Congaree Land Trust, S.C. Young Bankers, Midlands chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame; board chairman, Carolina Children's Home; board president-elect, Historic Columbia Foundation

His story: After playing football at Wofford, the former fullback coached at Hammond for a couple of years. Edens was offered a job from then-NBSC chief executive Fred Green in 2000. After 2 1/2 years of working at branches and in private banking, he was promoted to Camden city executive and later added Northeast Richland to his territory.

He was promoted to run NBSC's private banking division in the Midlands in 2006. Edens has been recognized by NBSC's parent company, Synovus, as one of its top 100 producers among 6,000 employees.

What saying does he live by? "It is more important to work smart than to work hard. And, have fun in what you do."

His life changed when ... He learned about "toughness, integrity, honesty, and hard work from two very important people, my father (Edens & Avant chairman Joe Edens) and coach Mike Ayers at Wofford College."

How did he recover after failing at something? "During my senior year in high school, we were playing against our rival, Heathwood Hall. I started the game by fumbling the football on our first two possessions. I gathered myself and regrouped and went on to have a pretty good game by rushing for over 150 yards. ... with no more fumbles. "

How does success on a football field translate to success in the business world? "If one person out of the 11 on the field is not doing their job on any particular play, you probably have a bad play. Everyone has to do their job for things to work."

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