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Generation Next: Brad Gibson

Age: 38

Title: Owner/operator

Company: Capital A Productions LLC

Savannah neighborhood: Waterford Landing

Top accomplishments

• Broke $500,000 in sales in 2012

• Purchase of large-scale concert sound system in 2013.

• Expanded our services into special events and stage lighting with the purchase of a large-scale state-of-the-art lighting system

Business awards/accolades

• Concert of the year 2012 (Savannah Stopover Of Montreal in Forsyth Park)

• Generation Next 2014

Philanthropic leadership

• Savannah Jazz Festival, $10,000 sponsor

• Savannah Music Festival concert circle — silver, $10,000 sponsor

• DUI awareness campaign with WJCL

 

Questions for BiS

Q: As a proven local leader, please share your vision of Savannah’s future. What growth or challenge do you foresee by the end of 2014?

A: Even though the completion of Truman Parkway will be a great addition to our infrastructure, I still have major concerns about the traffic in others areas of town. Traffic coming in and out of Savannah is out of control, and we need to do something about it.

Q: By the year 2020?

A: If we want to attract more manufacturers, we need to make sure we have the work force to support those plants. I believe in trade and industrial education at a grade-school level.

Q: By the year 2030?

A: I hope that within the next 20 years our transportation infrastructure both with the deepening of the Savannah River and with local roadways will be reinforced and more modern.

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

A: We have taken a serious look at how we have been doing business day to day, and we plan to operate with more process and policies in place. We are removing the gray from of our operation.

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

A: Our industry is technology dependent. Lots of new products are coming out that will allow for companies like ours to be able to afford to step into new things because prices are beginning to fall. Different production technologies are going to be way more in our reach in the near future.

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

A: Savannah is a special place and you can feel it the second you arrive here. Tourism is one of the biggest factors in the continued growth of our economy. We also have the military, the port, several manufacturing plants and the film industry to drive our economy.

Q: What economic drivers and business sectors promise the most growth in the next year or decade and why?

A: Savannah’s location is perfect for manufacturing plants to be able to distribute their products quickly, both nationally and internationally. The film industry here helps with Savannah’s worldwide popularity, which will in turn bring growth to our economy.

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

A: While having a degree can open doors, I am not a complete believer that it is necessary to have a college degree to be a great success. Hard work and a love for what you do are more important than any degree. Not to mention the average college graduate will be over $30,000 in debt before they even start a career. I say get to work and learn a trade.

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

A: Work on your business more and in your business less.

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

A: I hope the franchise prototype that we are building at Capital A Productions will last for many generations.

 

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