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Generation Next 2013: Heather Vinas

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Age: 33

Company: VOS CPAs, PLLC

Title: President & COO

Top accomplishments

• Nominated to Educational Committee Chair of the National Association of Women in Construction Coastal Georgia Chapter February 2012

• Nominated to Vice President of the National Association of Women in Construction Coastal Georgia Chapter September 2012

• Expanded VOS into the Savannah market in January 2012

Top awards/accolades

• 2012 President’s Award for the National Association of Women in Construction

• Woman on the Move 2011 National Association of Professional Women

• Took my medical device manufacturing company public in February 2009. It was a tremendous amount of work and felt amazing when our S1 was declared effective.

Top philanthropic leadership roles

• Union Mission Volunteer

• Old Savannah City Mission Volunteer. F

• Block Kids Building Program

 

Questions for BiS

1) As a proven local leader, please share your vision of Savannah’s future. What growth or challenge do you foresee...

…by the end of 2013? The immediate challenge is to sustain education and have citizens become productive in society. They need to become aware of the opportunities and

resources currently available and utilize the educational institutions here in Savannah. Our youth must become inspired to be educated, stay in school, and advance to college. They need a pathway to be paved for them. A sophisticated workforce is necessary for growth and advancement of our community and the inner-city must be reached, motivated, and inspired. Without a proper work force, growth will be hindered.

…by the year 2020? Continued education and retention for the next generation who graduated from college

…by the year 2030? Keeping up with new infrastructure for our city

2) How will you do business differently in the coming year or decade? My core values never change but as technological advances continue to emerge, I will continue to incorporate them into our practice to be even more productive in our business inputs and outputs.

3) What technological or cultural advances are you looking forward to in the coming year or decade? More public educational-focused initiatives for increasing the completion and retention of our youth in schools by allowing the public school systems to have the same technology (both hardware and software) available that is offered in the private schooling system, and offering the ability for students to acquire the technology outside of the classroom. If they are not trained on the educational benefits of the technology, they will not be empowered to learn how to offer themselves to the workforce as an asset.

4) What qualities or assets will distinguish Savannah and preserve/advance our local economy? Savannah has the historical significance with the rich architecture, and the port that make it unique and appealing and continues to have the potential for significant business expansion. With continued growth come new opportunities. Savannah is also a surprising location by many for its restaurants. There is a tremendous amount of wonderful restaurants and there seems to be a steady increase of new eateries. I also feel that investing more in the roadways for streamlining transport from our ports will not only afford imports and exports to increase, but will also keep our roadways safer which is appealing to everyone. I also believe that increasing international trade assistance for local businesses will drive our local economy and workforce requirements as new markets for Savannah-built products and services open.

5) What economic drivers and business sectors promise the most growth in the next year or decade and why? The historic district of Savannah by increasing tourist business and activities and the Georgia ports for international trade with increases to the local economy with both import and export.

6) What college degrees will be the most in-demand in the Savannah area and why? Construction-related degrees. Because there is a demand for the city’s infrastructure to be built and maintained in order to allow Savannah the continued opportunity to become a major economic growth influence.

7) What advice do you have for other Savannah leaders in the coming year or decade? Enjoy what you do, and don’t be afraid to go after what you believe in. In the words of

the great Theodore Roosevelt, “Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty... I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.”

8) What innovation of yours do you hope will be remembered by future generations? The Vycor ViewSite Brain Access System without a doubt which takes a revolutionary approach in brain retraction. Each ViewSite system consists of an introducer and a working channel port that allows the surgeon a seamless entry to the targeted site while distributing brain tissue evenly in a 360° dispersion pattern. Other ViewSite benefits include superior binocular vision to see in and around the surgical site; multiple sizes in different widths and lengths to meet all surgical needs and compatibility with most surgical arms to avoid accidental displacement or movement during surgery.

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