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Generation Next: Stephen S. Leonard

Age: 31

Title: Senior Tax Manager

Company: Hancock Askew & Co., LLP

 

Top three accomplishments

• Assisted in our firm’s successful merger with another firm in Norcross

• Recruited four new hires in the past six months.

• Obtained close to 50 new clients in the past 15 months.

 

Top awards/accolades

• The Hancock Askew Pat Little Team Player Award, Spring 2012

• Most Business Brought in by a Staff Member, Spring 2013

• Hancock Askew Ping Pong Champion, Fall 2014

 

Current Philanthropic roles

• Savannah Care Center, board treasurer

• Savannah Community Foundation board member

• Knights of Columbus, 3rd Degree Knight

 

Questions and answers

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

A: Provide more advisory services and allow the younger folks to tackle more of the compliance projects.

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

A: As baby boomers continue to retire, a major shift in assets and businesses will occur to our younger generation. This will create interesting opportunities for us.

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

A: Savannah’s people have always been very welcoming, especially to new businesses. Combined with our geographic position on the southeastern seaboard, low local and state income taxes, and the pending port expansion, Savannah will become an ideal relocation destination for larger businesses.

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

A: The transportation industry connected with the port expansion is the most obvious business sector promising growth. I suspect the housing and real estate market is the other most promising sector has the population shift continues to bring more “snow birds” to the area.

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

A: Transportation, medical and information technology.

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

“Never forget where you came from” as my grandfather used to say. I took this quote to mean always remember those who helped you get here, help others along the way and take care of your family, friends and neighbors.

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

A: I don’t believe I will develop an innovation worth being remembered for. I only hope to be remembered as someone who gave it his best.

 

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