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Generation Next: Justin VanderBrink

Age: 38

Title: Vice President

Company: Rives E. Worrell Co., a JE Dunn Construction Co.

 

Top three accomplishments

• Increased office revenue from $17.4 million to $49.4 million in two years

• Increased net profit by 5.7 percent in two years

• Rebuilt department, hiring and training highly successful team

 

Top awards/accolades

• Invited to join Georgia Southern University’s Construction Management Industry Advisory Board

• Selected to lead a team to design and build the largest aluminum extrusion press facility constructed in the United States since World War II

• Graduate of Leadership Southeast Georgia

 

Current Philanthropic roles

• Board of directors, Girls on the Run of Coastal Georgia

• Chair, Georgia Southern University Construction Management Associates Council

 

Questions and answers

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

A: Technology will make my business more efficient. We are advancing the use of building information modeling as a tool to provide more accurate project cost models at a much faster pace. Collaboration (teaming the owner, designers and construction managers) will lead to faster project starts and completions.

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

A: I look forward to a shift to health and wellness coupled with advances in medicine to support longer, healthier lives.

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

A: Savannah’s history and charm will continue to draw visitors and advance our economy. Our duty is to preserve that history and charm for future generations.

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

A: Our port will continue to drive our economy. With the harbor deepening, we are poised for an even brighter future.

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

A: Degrees that focus on advanced technology will be the most in-demand. In the past, we primarily hired candidates with a degree in construction. Now, we hire candidates with degrees in engineering, architecture, and even graphic design depending on our needs.

This shift is solely based on our need to further our use of the latest technology. In the past, we took aerial photos of our projects from a helicopter. Now, we are able to take those same photos with drones.

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

A: Invest in your employees. Creating an environment where employees are highly engaged and see a bright future will lead to greater retention and productivity.

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

A: I don’t picture myself as an innovator. Instead, I use the time-tested tools that I learned from some very skilled individuals and continue to add to my own skills as industry trends and technology advance.

My mentor passed away last year. Before he passed, he commented to me that he didn’t accomplish much. I argued that he accomplished a great deal because he prepared me and many others to be successful in our industry. That is the way I remember him and I’m always thankful that I was blessed to work with such a wonderful boss.

My goal is to invest in the future leaders of the construction industry. I wish to be remembered as a man of integrity and as a leader who invested in his team to equip them to be highly successful.

 

 

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