Company: Savannah Drywall Supply, Inc.
Top three accomplishments
• Becoming a third generation business owner, following in the footsteps of my father and grandfather. We are now a woman-owned business and hope to have our city of Savannah M/WBE certification by early 2015.
• Serving on the board of directors of the AMAROK Drywall Division of Affiliated Distributors, which is a group of more than 125 independent drywall distributors from across the U.S.
• In 2008, expanded our business into a new 25,000-square-foot facility in the Westside Business Park in Pooler.
• Fantastic Five Women of Construction, Walls and Ceilings Magazine, 2013
• Young Leader 2012, AD Today Magazine, Affiliated Distributors
• Woman in Construction of the Year 2010, Coastal Georgia Chapter of National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC)
Current Philanthropic roles
• Secured construction material donations and donated delivery labor for Heads Up Guidance Services’ (H.U.G.S.) new day center that will house its day shelter and its Ready 2 Work vocational and life training program.
• Secured drywall material donations and donated delivery labor for the Lamar Smith Signature Homes Operation Hero House, a home that will be given mortgage-free to a local military veteran.
• Supporter of Coastal Pet Rescue and donated construction materials for its Camp Pawsawhile Retreat, which will help them temporarily house rescued dogs.
Questions and answers
Q: How will you do business differently in the coming year or decade?
A: I think that we will embrace distribution specific technology that will help us be more efficient and productive with our deliveries.
Q: What technological or cultural advances are you looking forward to in the coming year or decade?
A: I hope Savannah’s music scene continues to grow and thrive. Revival Fest is my favorite new festival, and I hope we will see more festivals like this that offer exposure not only to different bands from across the country, but to local artists and vendors as well.
Q: What qualities or assets will distinguish Savannah and preserve/advance our local economy?
A: I think Savannah’s historical district and beautiful coastal location distinguish us from other cities and make Savannah a great vacation destination. Our tourism industry will continue to grow and prosper as long as we continue to protect these incredible resources. Q: What economic drivers and business sectors promise the most growth in the next year or decade and why?
A: The construction industry is poised for great growth. We were hit hard during the recession and the recovery has been slow. Housing is coming back, and the coming years should be very busy for both residential and commercial construction.
Q: What college degrees will be the most in-demand in the Savannah area and why?
A: Anything logistics related is going to be very in-demand with the upcoming harbor expansion and continued growth of our port.
Q: What advice do you have for other Savannah leaders in the coming year or decade?
A: Support local businesses. It is getting harder for local, independent businesses to survive, and we really need our community leaders to encourage using local retailers and vendors whenever possible. Shopping local keeps more money in our community which benefits us all.
Q” What innovation of yours do you hope will be remembered by future generations?
A: I want people to remember that I am passionate about my job. Drywall is not very exciting, but it is in my blood and I really do love it. My family’s name has been synonymous with drywall in Savannah since the 1950’s. I am proud of that and hope to carry on our family legacy for many years to come.