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Generation Next: Harley Ashbaugh

Age: 33

Company: AWD of Savannah, Inc

Title: President

Top accomplishments

• Doubled sales from last year

• Added four full-time and two part-time staff members from last year

• Tripled shop square footage

Top awards/accolades

• Voted Gold award by “Qualified Remodeler Magazine”

• Featured in Savannah Magazine for “The New Luxury”

• Featured on DIY channel for the ultimate fishing lodge Bahamas project

Top philanthropic leadership roles

• Working on a “back pack program” for under-privileged children

• Farm bag program with Windsor Forest High School FFA program

• Smart Women charity auction

 

 

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

A. I plan to delegate more authority to my teammates, integrate more technology and take a moment to smell some roses.

 

Q. What technological or cultural advances are you looking forward to?

A. Technology: There are amazing things happening with 3D printing. I look forward to “printing” prototypes of our concepts soon.

Cultural: I look forward to more local farming.

 

Q. What qualities or assets will distinguish Savannah and preserve/advance our local economy? A. We are dedicated to the overall feel of the city combined with our colorful citizens, love of community and local craftspeople.

 

Q. What economic drivers and business sectors promise the most growth in the next year or decade and why? A. I’m probably not one to answer this question, but I do feel that my industry (construction) is getting stronger with unique and exciting projects.

 

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

A. I would say, maybe, computer science and anything in the medical field. Why? Because they are things I am completely not capable of doing and are services that are needed by many.

 

Q.What advice do you have for other Savannah leaders?

A. Embrace your uniqueness and invest in your city.

 

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

A. I’d like to think that I’ll be remembered for a new generation of heirlooms that future generations will cherish.

 

 

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