Title: Vice president/general manager
Company: Southern Motors Group/Road Auto Finance
Savannah neighborhood: Downtown and Southside
• Southern Motors Honda has been voted “best of Savannah” new and used automotive dealership seven times.
• Southern Motors Group will eclipse 2,500 units sold in 2013.
• Road Auto Finance has quadrupled their loan portfolio in the last two years.
• President of Georgia Honda Advertising Association.
• Voted “Best of Savannah” new and used car dealerships.
• Kaminsky family was named the 2013 “outstanding philanthropists” by Coastal Georgia Chapater of the Association of Fundraising professionals.
• Serving as board member at Hospice of Savannah.
• Counselor at Hospice’s “Aloha Kids” camp.
• Member, contributor and event sponsor for “the next generation.”
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: We are headed in a positive direction. There will be continued growth, but greater competition might make retail business less profitable. Real estate will continue in a positive direction as confidence comes back. Savannah should be in a good position for growth.
Q: By the year 2020?
A: Savannah will continue to grow as bigger business comes to the area, leading to significant growth in the real estate market. Real estate will lead all other business in a positive direction. As it relate to my particular business, the automobile industry will change dramatically. Vehicle be more fuel efficient and dependable.
Q: By the year 2030?
A: Who knows? automobiles may fly by then. And I plan to sell them.
Q: How will you do business differently in the coming year or decade?
A: The internet will continue to be our main focus in the coming years.
Our marketing budget will be primarily directed to search engine optimization and search engine marketing as the Internet will be the major area where customers go to shop for their next vehicle.
We will have to be better, smarter and faster in the next decade to succeed.
Q:What technological or cultural advances are you looking forward to in the coming year or decade?
A: I would like to see the electric vehicles become more viable. We need to think about conservation and sustainability.
Q: What qualities or assets will distinguish Savannah and preserve/advance our local economy?
A: Our history and coastal access are our greatest assets. Tourism will continue to grow because there are few cities hosting the culture, beauty and charm of savannah.
Q: What economic drivers and business sectors promise the most growth in the next year or decade and why?
A: The ports will drive growth.
Q: What college degrees will be the most in-demand in the Savannah area and why?
A: Having a degree is important; however, my hiring decisions are not based on the particular degree. Education, personality and a strong work ethic are most important.
Q: What advice do you have for other Savannah leaders in the coming year or decade?
A: Keep up with business trends. Not just locally, but nationally and internationally. We are part of the global economy, and it is important to be aware of and open to all opportunities. Building strong business relationships is also vital.
Q: What innovation of yours do you hope will be remembered by future generations?
A: I am always looking for and open to that great innovation to come.