Title: Executive Vice President
Company: J.T. Turner Construction
Top three accomplishments
• Refining and improving the JTT standard of building products and techniques
• Promotion to executive vice president for J.T. Turner Construction
• Expanding the J.T. Turner brand to Highlands, N.C., and building relationships with partners and trades across the U.S.
• Carol Daniel Carter Award — J.T. Turner employee of the year
• LEED accredited professional
• Projects receiving yearly recognition from the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation and Historic Savannah Foundation
Current Philanthropic roles
• Historic Savannah Foundation executive board
• Metropolitan Savannah Rotary board
• Emmaus House board
Questions and answers
Q: How will you do business differently in the coming year or decade?
A: I always work on better communication which usually comes in the form of a phone call or conversation.
Q: What technological or cultural advances are you looking forward to in the coming year or decade?
A: Sustainable building practices becoming part of our building code.
Q: What qualities or assets will distinguish Savannah and preserve/advance our local economy?
A: Savannah has one of the largest ports, international business, a first class airport, 12-plus million tourists and the largest landmark district in the country. All these items and more will supply Savannah with the tools to sustain a strong local economy for a long time.
Q: What economic drivers and business sectors promise the most growth in the next year or decade and why?
A: Hospitality, tourism and construction will be the largest growth sector in Savannah in the next year and probably the next decade. The expansion of hotels downtown is at an all- time high. Additional rooms will create more tax revenue for the city and attract a wide variety of small and large businesses to accommodate shopping and dining throughout Savannah.
Additionally, we are seeing an increase in commercial build out throughout Savannah to meet this demand.
Q: What college degrees will be the most in-demand in the Savannah area and why?
A: I believe the diverse medical field will continue to provide our area with jobs. Savannah’s growing tourism industry promises to provide a healthy job market for hospitality and all business related degrees.
Q: What advice do you have for other Savannah leaders in the coming year or decade?
A: Pick up the phone
Q: What innovation of yours do you hope will be remembered by future generations?
A: I try to encourage our employees to use our company resources and contacts to fulfill their own passions and goals. I believe empowering employees to do the things they believe in can have a far-reaching impact on our community and beyond.