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Generation Next 2013: Bree Thomas

Age: 28

Company: fab’rik Savannah

Title: Owner and operator

Top accomplishments

• Opened fab’rik in 2010

• Co-Founded Fashion’s Night Out Savannah in 2011

• Began Free fab’rik in Savannah

Top philanthropic leadership roles

• Free fab’rik nonprofit charity. Provides less fortunate women and teens with free shopping sprees and has served more than 100 women and 25-plus local agencies.

• 2011 contributing member to the American Red Cross fundraising campaign.

• 2012 partner of United Way through Free fab’rik.

 

Questions for BiS

 

Q. Please share your vision of Savannah’s future. What growth or challenges do you foresee?

A. By the end of 2013: I’m extremely interested in seeing how our own local government reacts to changes from 2012’s presidential election. Keeping Savannah’s businesses on the forefront, improving school systems and focusing on an educated workforce to keep jobs sourced locally is key.

A. By the year 2020: I see our local film industry booming. There’s quite a niche for it.

A. By the year 2030: I’d like to see the downtown main street restored to where it used to be. I love hearing locals reflect on “what it used to be.” It takes time to move mountains, but it can happen.

 

Q. How will you do business differently in the coming year or decade?

A. Every year I learn something new and what I can do better for the next year. Keeping customers number one has never changed. I look forward to getting more involved with their lives and learning how fab’rik can make a larger impact in their community. Our customers are what really inspire me.

 

Q. What technological or cultural advances are you looking forward to in the coming year or decade?

A. Savannah has the momentum already for success. We’re known for hosting large events, giving unique experiences and making everyone feel at home. Our hospitality segment is thriving and growing. Our large manufacturers are developing new products and expanding.

All of our fundamental industries have the elements to continue to grow this city, and I’m truly amazed each year with how far we’ve come.

 

Q. What qualities or assets will distinguish Savannah and preserve/advance our local economy?

A. The local investment in the tourism industry is inspiring. Our chamber does a stellar job at keep Savannah on the map and in the public eye. It’s not hard to feature this beautiful city and when doing that properly, we boost our local economy by generating new residents, business and residual sales. Our diverse culture is a strong asset.

 

Q. What college degrees will be the most in-demand in the Savannah area and why?

A. Technical and medical degrees are what stand out to me. Our city is blessed to be home to pretty large corporations. Gulfstream, Mitsubishi, Georgia Ports and some others are constantly expanding and need a workforce to keep up with their demands. Some up and coming local businesses have taken their products to a national level that increases their needs for educated staff.

 

Q. What advice do you have for other Savannah leaders in the coming year or decade?

A. Be bold. Do what you say you’re going to accomplish. All too often people give lengthy advice pitches, but sometimes taking things ‘back to the basics’ works best. A simple handshake and your word as a commitment is what you should stand by. Learn a way to better yourself, your community and your customers.

 

Q. What innovation of yours do you hope will be remembered by future generations?

A. I hope my work as a local businesswoman inspires other women to follow their dreams. fab’rik is not just an amazing place to shop. I work hard at making it a place you can go for confidence, a positive work environment and a place you consider as part of your family. We want to grow with you and be there for you at every stage in your life.

 

 

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