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Generation Next: James William Hitch

 

Age: 34

Title: President & CEO

Company: Pan-Am Dental Inc.

 

Top three accomplishments

• Increased annual sales 40 percent every year since 2008

• Company growth from four employees to 21 in five years

• Expanded from 2,500 square feet to more than 5,000 square feet

 

Questions and answers

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

A: Our industry has really developed its digital aspect. I’d like to continue investing in new equipment and training for my staff.

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

A: Continue historic preservation that honors our legacy and our architectural and historical treasures. Redevelopment of brown fields and industrial properties, like on Indian Street.

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

A: Creative economy–tech startups, creative firms, knowledge-based (rather than manufacturing based) business? That’s been SEDA’s vision I think

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

A: Stay educated on issues that affect the city. Exercise your rights and responsibilities to vote and get civically involved. Volunteer and support charitable and philanthropic organizations.

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