Company: Ellis, Painter, Ratterree & Adams LLP
Top three accomplishments
• The continued growth and success of our law firm and my law practice.
• Assisting business clients to successfully navigate legal issues that allow them to continue to thrive.
• My time serving in the Georgia Air National Guard. Serving as a non-commissioned officer provided an opportunity at a young age to develop better leadership skills.
• Being chosen to participate in Leadership Savannah.
• Being asked to be a member of, and then serving on, the initial task force for the Savannah Chamber of Commerce’s Launch Savannah initiative to engage young professionals in Savannah with business opportunities.
• Being elected to serve as president of the Savannah Bar Association’s Young Lawyer’s Division and also to serve on the executive committee of the Savannah Bar Association.
Current Philanthropic roles
• Serving as a board member since 2009 and presently as president of the board of directors for America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia.
• Serving as a board member since 2008 and presently co-chair of the Ways and Means Committee for Chatham-Savannah Citizen Advocacy.
• Being a member of the Savannah BOAR Association team since 2011 to raise money for the American Diabetes Association’s Kiss-A-Pig Campaign and winning the competition in 2013.
Questions and answers
Q: How will you do business differently in the coming year or decade?
A: In the coming decade I expect that technology we cannot yet contemplate will change how we all do business. Incorporating this technology will require an ability to adapt that I believe will be instrumental to those who will succeed.
Q: What technological or cultural advances are you looking forward to in the coming year or decade?
A: I’m looking forward to watching the population of Savannah continue to grow and diversify throughout the coming decade. West Chatham will certainly continue to grow, and I think the population in the Coastal Empire will inevitably expand south as well.
Q: What qualities or assets will distinguish Savannah and preserve/advance our local economy?
A: Savannah is steeped in history, as well as a coastal way of life. This is a draw for many people and will continue to attract talented people to our area.
Q: What economic drivers and business sectors promise the most growth in the next year or decade and why?
A: The Port of Savannah will undoubtedly continue to be both an area of growth and pride for our city.
Q: What college degrees will be the most in-demand in the Savannah area and why?
A: Business and technology degrees will likely be in demand. Technology will continue to evolve, and people have to be able to utilize that technology in a meaningful way.
Q: What advice do you have for other Savannah leaders in the coming year or decade?
A: Stay up to speed with what is going on and try your best to read the tea leaves as to what is up next. There’s no magic to it that I know of, just keep your ear to the ground.
Q: What innovation of yours do you hope will be remembered by future generations?
A: I’m not sure I have an innovation that will be remembered, but I would like to be regarded as someone who took his profession seriously, did not take himself too seriously, and showed compassion for others.