Title: Founding Partner
Company: Thee Oaks Realty Co.
Savannah neighborhood: Work: Historic Savannah. Live: Wilmington Island
• Founding Partner of Three Oaks Realty Company
• Being an ambassador for Savannah and helping hundreds of people discover and invest in our community.
• Increasing sales by more than 150 percent in a year
• (Generation Next 2014) Award
• Multi-Million Dollar Producer For a decade
• Rookie of the Year
• Savannah Tree Foundation
• Featuring, supporting and promoting a local artist with a portion of the proceeds to benefit one of four local charities — Humane Society, Ronald McDonald House, Habitat for Humanity, Safe Shelter.
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: Challenges: Crime/ Growth: Manufacturing
Q: By the year 2020?
A: Challenge: Housing/ Growth: Logistics
Q: By the year 2030?
A: Challenge and growth: Managing the growth and preserving the integrity of our city.
Q: How will you do business differently in the coming year or decade?
A: In the coming year the focus will be to grow our business and form new partnerships. Over the next decade being open to change and adapting/evolving will be key.
Q: What technological or cultural advances are you looking forward to in the coming year or decade?
A:The globalization of the Savannah economy
Q: What qualities or assets will distinguish Savannah and preserve/advance our local economy?
A: The ability to live, work and play in Savannah. With the Port and manufacturing base and the willingness of an historically beautiful city to adapt, we have a competitive edge. Combine these attributes with the education partners we have such as SCAD, Georgia Tech and Savannah Tech, and we are prime for advancement.
Q: What economic drivers and business sectors promise the most growth in the next year or decade and why?
A: Manufacturing. It’s proven to be one of the strongest drivers of GDP. Local technical colleges building an advanced educated work force by matching education and curriculum to meet the needs of the local economy. The Port. We have the most aggressively growing port in the country.
Q: What college degrees will be the most in-demand in the Savannah area and why?
A: Logistics and engineering because I believe the growth will be in these fields.
Q: What advice do you have for other Savannah leaders in the coming year or decade?
A: Follow your heart, take a risk, be honest, educated and strive to make Savannah better every day.
Q: What innovation of yours do you hope will be remembered by future generations?
A: Bringing awareness to local boutique businesses that can compete with national brands and cultivate a collaborative welcoming environment.