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Generation Next: Eric Sharpe

Age: 29

Title: Chief Surgeon

Company: Digital Doc

 

Top three accomplishments

• Doubled sales every year since inception, currently more than $250,000

• Doubled employment in the past two years, six employees total from three

• Served more than 350 businesses in Savannah

 

Top awards/accolades

• Elected as a Rotary International Cultural Exchange Member to Bolivia for 2013

• Patent for “Video production from mobile devices”

• Owner of two Savannah-based Businesses, Digital Doc and Digital Envy

 

Current Philanthropic roles

• Board member of Savannah Children’s Choir

• Board member of Downtown Business Association

• Officially affiliated and donate time and services to the Boys and Girls Club, American Diabetes Association and Ogeechee River Keeper

 

Questions and answers

Q: How will you do business differently in the coming year or decade?

A: My goal is to have my company’s platform develop the reason for why we exist. For Digital Doc, that is to get a computer in the hands of every child in Savannah. This is what drives us, challenging and educating the next generation.

Q: What technological or cultural advances are you looking forward to in the coming year or decade?

A: Downtown Savannah needs paid and free wireless throughout the city with broadband speeds. This will help families jump the technology gap and lower costs throughout the city. We need broadband competition besides Comcast and ATT to help drive the speeds up and the prices down.

It’s time we offer more to tourists, students and business owners so that we do not let other cities around the region surpass us with technology. We need to be seen as the most advanced city in the South right next to Atlanta, Jacksonville and Miami.

Q: What qualities or assets will distinguish Savannah and preserve/advance our local economy?

A: Our city is uniquely beautiful and easy to get around (bicycle, walking, low-impact vehicles). Let’s preserve that, but expand our city outward, onward and upward.

Q: What economic drivers and business sectors promise the most growth in the next year or decade and why?

A: Our ports will provide opportunities for expanding residential and industrial growth. We will need to build additional infrastructure, warehousing and roadways to accommodate the changes. The colleges and Universities will pump out well educated students eager to gain employment and internships. We should use that to our advantage.

Q: What college degrees will be the most in-demand in the Savannah area and why?

A: Tech and creative. Keeping SCAD, SSU, AASU and Savannah Tech students in town to fulfill roles will be important.

Also tech school degrees that support the manufacturing jobs and port authority will be extremely important.

Q: What advice do you have for other Savannah leaders in the coming year or decade?

A: Be open to ideas that go beyond what you are used to. Travel to experience what others have done and collaborate to bring thoughtful, citywide changes back to Savannah.

Q: What innovation of yours do you hope will be remembered by future generations?

A: I hope to be remembered for putting technology in the hands of children who cannot afford it. I believe that all children deserve a chance to succeed with technology. It levels all playing fields.

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