COLUMBUS, Ga. - On the banks of the Chattahoochee River, behind a dazzling display of corporate glass, lies a long riverwalk of clay-colored bricks. At first glance, the bricks, each one engraved with a name, might be a monument to civic leaders or war victims. In this case, though, they are a tribute to workers at Total System Services Inc.

The processor's unique corporate culture transcends appearances, however. Atlanta-based Synovus Financial Corp., the majority owner, has been named one of Fortune's "100 Best Companies to Work For" for the past three years.

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