Company: The Bowman Law Office
• Legislative chair for the Junior League of Savannah
• Membership chair for the Young Lawyers Division of the Savannah Bar
• Vice president of the Georgia Association of Women Lawyers — Savannah Chapter
Questions for BiS:
Q. Please share your vision of Savannah’s future. What growth or challenges do you foresee?
A. By the year 2020: Savannah desperately needs educated and qualified workers to fill open positions at companies in our community. This is something that can be accomplished through additional training and education at training facilities like Savannah Tech. It is my hope that these larger employers will collaborate with high schools and technical schools and create programs to train Savannah workers to fill Savannah jobs.
Q. How will you do business differently in the coming year or decade?
A. I read an article on bartering services, and I thought that it was an interesting idea. When I began practicing law, I pledged to have a real commitment to pro bono services. I want to honor my commitment to pro-bono work, but I need for clients to have as much invested in their case as I do.
Q. What qualities or assets will distinguish Savannah and preserve/advance our local economy?
A. Savannah is beautiful and historic. Everyone knows that so much of our economic growth is derived from tourism. As long as we maintain the integrity of what makes Savannah so special, our economy will continue to grow.
Q. What economic drivers and business sectors promise the most growth in the next year or decade and why?
A. The tentative approval of the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project has huge ramifications for the Savannah community and will have a significant impact on Savannah’s growth over the next decade.
Q. What college degrees will be the most in-demand in the Savannah area and why?
A. Industrial production technologies and mechanical engineers. With one of the fastest growing ports in the country, Savannah enjoys a diverse economy that is a prime location for manufacturing and distribution businesses. We have to make sure we are educating and training people to fill these positions.
Q. What advice do you have for other Savannah leaders in the coming year or decade?
A. “Education is the best investment that we can make in any situation. The better educated our students are, the better we will perform economically. Invest in people, and they will return dividends beyond your imagination.