Title: Assistant Director of Healthy Living & Community Development
Company: Healthy Savannah
Top three accomplishments
• Increase visibility of Healthy Savannah through social media presence and attends partner events for the past five months and counting.
• Support more than 100 partner businesses through exposure in newsletter circulation to almost 2,000 Healthy Savannah readers.
• Champion of making healthy choices easier through work with 10 Title I schools and the local business, churches and communities around each school.
• Generation NEXT: Savannah’s Top 20 Rising Stars of Business
• 2014 Gulfstream Community Involvement Award
Current Philanthropic roles
• Serving as advisory board member at the Anderson Cancer Institute at Memorial Health University
• Serving as home and school leader at Savannah Adventist Christian School (SACS)
Questions and answers
Q: How will you do business differently in the coming year or decade?
A: I still believe that meeting and having a face-to-face conversation is important, and I don’t plan to change that. However, continued used of the Internet through social media will continue to be a main focus of mine. I also believe that networking with potential partners is a great business practice to maintain.
Q: What technological or cultural advances are you looking forward to in the coming year or decade?
A: More bike friendly streets, more feet on the street, meaning people using more outdoor spaces.
Q: What qualities or assets will distinguish Savannah and preserve/advance our local economy?
A: Well, tourism has always been a great quality of Savannah due to its charm and quaint beauty. However, I do believe there will be a health shift in tourism that will drive the business section. The health shift could be more environmentally friendly travel options.
Q: What economic drivers and business sectors promise the most growth in the next year or decade and why?
A: Hospitality and Gulfstream will continue to add to our community. Also, with the approval of the harbor deepening expansion, the ports will definitely be one of the biggest economic drivers with increased growth for Savannah.
Q: What college degrees will be the most in-demand in the Savannah area and why?
A: Hospitality, public health, community service/social work – these are all services oriented degrees and I believe that when we serve others we grow as a community and a people.
Q: What advice do you have for other Savannah leaders in the coming year or decade?
A: Continue great business trends, support local businesses, always give back to your community and continue to connect, inspire and grow others around you. Lend a hand whenever you can because you may need a helping hand someday.
Q: What innovation of yours do you hope will be remembered by future generations?
A: Be your biggest competitor and cheerleader.