Title: Senior Director of Administration and Governmental Affairs
Company: Georgia Ports Authority
Savannah neighborhood: Dutch Island
• Working directly on the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project for more than 11 years and seeing that project finally come to fruition
• Being a small part of the great team at the GPA which has grown the ports of Savannah and Brunswick to be the major economic engines that they are for the Southeastern United States.
• Being tasked with and successfully completing the launch of a large new product line for Brasseler USA throughout the United States and Canada.
• Georgia Trend “40 Under 40” — 2013
• Leadership Georgia 2005
• Savannah Christian Preparatory School Board of Trustees
• Junior Achievement of Georgia Board of Directors
• Historic Savannah Foundation Board of Trustees (incoming)
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: Construction will have begun on the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project.
Q: By the year 2020?
A: We better have delivered on the projects and promises of SPLOST and ESPLOST. These are critical not only to improved education, transportation and economic development but to the creditability of community leaders.
Q: By the year 2030?
A: Savannah should be the coastal hub in the Southeast for trade, manufacturing and cultural resources while maintaining its historical identity.
Q: How will you do business differently in the coming year or decade?
A: I hope to be able to mentor other young leaders in a similar way to the mentorship I have received from my father and some of the great men and women I’ve had at the opportunity to work for and with during my early career.
Q: What technological or cultural advances are you looking forward to in the coming year or decade?
A: Technological and engineering improvements will make our ports and entire transportation system more safe, efficient and environmentally sustainable.
Q: What qualities or assets will distinguish Savannah and preserve/advance our local economy?
A: It will continue to provide a quality of life that is attractive to the best and brightest workers and retirees in the country, and we will invest the time and resources in our education system that will insure long term success.
Q: What economic drivers and business sectors promise the most growth in the next year or decade and why?
A: The port and aerospace because our port infrastructure and market dynamics are second to none and Gulfstream has established a model of success that has and will continue to ripple through our economy and supporting businesses.
Q: What college degrees will be the most in-demand in the Savannah area and why?
A: Engineering and health care because we will continue to need both to fuel the growth potential for the region.
Q: What advice do you have for other Savannah leaders in the coming year or decade?
A: Work hard to take care of your immediate responsibilities and then look for opportunities to be involved in the community around you. Doing so opens many doors of opportunity for both the person and the community and is a good example for the generation to come. But always put your family first.
Q: What innovation of yours do you hope will be remembered by future generations?
A: I can’t claim it as my own innovation, but I believe people will be able to look at the investments in the Port of Savannah and supporting infrastructure that have been made by the GPA, the state of Georgia and our constituents during the first part of this century as cornerstones of the continued long term prosperity of this community and the state as a whole.