Company: 24e DESIGN CO.
Top three accomplishments
• Being awarded Small Business of the Year by the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce
• Importing and exporting furnishings directly from sources all around the globe
• Becoming the only design-build furniture and interior design firm in Savannah
• Helen V. Small Business Advocate – 2014
• Annual ARTS Awards winner – 18th, 20th, 25th
• Home Accents Today’s Top 50 Home Retailer
Current Philanthropic roles
• Savannah Downtown Business Association – President
• Leadership Southeast Georgia – Vice Chair
• Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary – Trustee
*Ruel Joyner turned 40 after the deadline for nominations
Questions and answers
Q: How will you do business differently in the coming year or decade?
A: Our firm is looking forward to foraying into the wholesale business — selling not only at our retail flagship, but also to the trade and to designers around the country.
Q: What technological or cultural advances are you looking forward to in the coming year or decade?
A: I’d like to see Savannah become a WiFi-enabled city, as well as the fiber optics that are already in the ground becoming utilized to enable the city to have its own municipal broadband, making the service more affordable and optimizing our city’s communications.
Q: What qualities or assets will distinguish Savannah and preserve/advance our local economy?
A: I certainly think that the port and logistical networks that are currently in place will continue to evolve and become more efficient in addition to Savannah’s already booming tourism industry.
Q: What economic drivers and business sectors promise the most growth in the next year or decade and why?
A: The arts are a huge economic driver for our city and will continue to be a central hub for creative minds. I also foresee us making technological strides in order to attract top engineers and progressive thinkers who will make Savannah the Silicon Valley of the Southeast.
Q: What college degrees will be the most in-demand in the Savannah area and why?
A: I think that the college degree is going to become secondary to what your vision is and what you can accomplish. Forming partnerships, fostering relationships and creating synergy in order to accomplish goals to make our city a better place will become more important
than the actual piece of paper.
Q: What advice do you have for other Savannah leaders in the coming year or decade?
A: Planning, communicating and implementing a unified vision is key to moving us forward. Vision is everything, and there’s no better time than the present.
Q: What innovation of yours do you hope will be remembered by future generations?
A:I hope future generations will always remember the 24e on the back of my building.