Company: Page International Inc.
Title: Vice president
• Page International’s revenue growth since its inception and particularly over the past five years.
• Consecutive years of additional local and entry-level job creation for college educated workers.
• Opening of Kearney Page Warehouse Services.
• Generation Next
• Page International’s nomination for 2011 Savannah International Business of the Year award
• United States Customs Broker License
Top philanthropic leadership roles
• Annual organization of Christmas party for Pediatria
• American Cancer Society
• Ambassador Team at Savannah Quarters
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: A growing demand for better infrastructure to accommodate population growth more conveniently and logically.
A. By the year 2020: Maximizing our potential by recognizing our ability to bolster our local economy through the proper capital investments of our seaport and harbor to compete with other national and global port cities.
A. By the year 2030: Continued conservation of our natural resources, including our marshes and barrier islands, as well as transportation matters such as completion of an east-west corridor and better and more efficient public transit for our growing area.
Q. How will you do business differently in the coming year or decade?
A. With respect to our company and how to compete within our industry, it is imperative that we become more agile and improve our speed of the delivery of critical information obtained and created across the globe, including from both global economies and developing countries. Our world is shrinking, and we see it clearly everyday in our business.
Q. What technological or cultural advances are you looking forward to in the coming year or decade?
A. Over the next decade, the possible further development of transportation matters, especially improved passenger rail services through private or government investment and including high-speed rail for people movement between major population centers.
Q. What qualities or assets will distinguish Savannah and preserve/advance our local economy?
A. At the forefront is our unique location on the coast as an advantageous seaport for delivery of cargo to and from abroad as well has our city’s unmatchable and tangible past and history.
Q. What economic drivers and business sectors promise the most growth in the next year or decade and why?
A. The last few years of a down economy have taught humanity a lesson in that success and business growth are not as easily obtained as they once were. Therefore, I believe we are all better off in the long run with better competition, more outside-the-box thinking and better development of specialized skills through loyalty to a chosen industry.
Q. What college degrees will be the most in demand in the Savannah area and why?
A. Engineering in general and, specifically, international logistics and supply chain management degrees. Implementation for better speed-to-market methods will need to be studied and researched to gain efficiencies in global commerce. Although the creation of these type degrees is growing, there is still a shortage across Savannah and our nation.
Q. What advice do you have for other Savannah leaders in the coming year or decade?
A. We should continue to keep our eye on the ball to play our part in whatever is necessary to promote Savannah from a sleepy southern town into a legitimate global city to visit and conduct business. To accomplish this, we should work hard to educate, attract, and develop young students and workers and encourage employee retention.
Q. What innovation of yours do you hope will be remembered by future generations?
A. My commitment to and efforts to find better and quicker channels of information related to cargo moving around the world through advanced automation. Our company is working hard to raise the bar within the industry, and I can only hope that some of my ideas can serve as a platform for further improvement.