Title: Chief Operating Officer
Company: J.T. Turner Construction
Savannah neighborhood: Troup Ward in downtown Savannah
• The legacy my father built as CEO and Founder of J.T. Turner Construction, within the city of Savannah is the inspiration that gave me the drive to lead our team to success and to affirm the fact that we are a fixture within the community.
• The leadership team I have built as chief operating officer averages the age of 40 years old with a combined experience of 65 years with J.T. Turner Construction.
• In the winter of 2011, I was named chief operating officer. Shortly thereafter our company endured one of the nation’s worst economic downturns that greatly affected the construction industry. This experience provided priceless insight into our industry and gave clarity to my daily responsibilities as a business leader.
• Recognized as one of the 2013 Georgia Trend 40 under 40
• 2014 Leadership Savannah Class
• The board of America’s Second Harvest Food Bank for seven years and am on the executive committee as vice chair.
• On the board of the Cockspur Island Lighthouse for six years, and I’m the treasurer of their executive committee.
• Chairing the 2013 Rotary Main Gift Program, which will realize the organization and implementation of a playground for disabled and special needs children in a local park.
Questions for BiS
Q: As a proven local leader, please share your vision of Savannah’s future. What growth or challenge do you foresee?
A: I see a huge need for “buy in” and a commitment to sustainability within our community. We have taken great strides within our region with regard to local involvement and support of sustainable practices.
Q: How will you do business differently in the coming year or decade?
A: My father built his business on core values and a firm handshake. I am encouraging our team and myself to focus on less email and fewer texts with more conversations via the phone or in person.
A: What technological or cultural advances are you looking forward to in the coming year or decade?
A: Tommy Linstroth recently released new LEED documentation app called Green Badger that will revolutionize the construction industry with regard to sustainable practices. It will allow project managers to document environmental applications throughout the project via their IPhone or IPad.
Q: What qualities or assets will distinguish Savannah and preserve/advance our local economy?
A: Tourism is a driving force, and I have been extremely impressed with how our local tourism industry and business leaders have worked in concert to present Savannah as a top tier destination to the rest of the world.
Q: What economic drivers and business sectors promise the most growth in the next year or decade and why?
A: As we better utilize the global advantages provided by a prolific international airport and our two ports, we are poised to attract more companies involved in global commerce.
Q: What college degrees will be the most in-demand in the Savannah area and why?
A: I see a specific need for young adults who have some “grit,” determination and commitment to work their way up the ladder, learning through hands on education from both colleagues and mentors.
A: What advice do you have for other Savannah leaders in the coming year or decade?
A: I implore our community to buy local and to support the multiple family businesses that have driven our local economy for years. Take care of those teams and take care of your employees by recognizing the value they and their families bring to your business.
Q: What innovation of yours do you hope will be remembered by future generations?
A: Our company is directly involved in redefining the face of our region. We have been honored to receive 50 preservation awards from Historic Savannah Foundation and 10 Preservation Awards from the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation