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Generation Next 2016: Ashley Stokes

Ashley Stokes

 

Age as of Jan. 1: 29

Title: Owner

Company: Flirt with Dessert

Savannah neighborhood: Wilmington Island

 

Q: What are your top three business growth accomplishments?

A: Increasing my company’s sales by 50 percent in our second year of operation.

A: Expanding our customer base to include business to business sales.

A: Partnering with a national company to distribute a new brand of products.

 

Q: What are your top business awards/accolades?

A: Weddingwire.com rated

A: Voted Best Bakery of the Islands in 2015

 

Q: What are your top three philanthropic leadership roles?

A: Ronald McDonald House

A: Susan G. Komen

A: Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

 

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

A: Invest as much time and resources as possible in giving back to my community.

 

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

A: The rapid advance of social media is a unique opportunity for new ways of marketing and advertising.

 

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

A: Tourism. Savannah has a rich culture and history and absolutely enchanting scenery, which makes for breathtaking vacations and fairy tale destination weddings.

 

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

A: The service industry; restaurants, hotels, retail stores, museums and attractions.

 

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

A: Historical preservation, as we are constantly restoring our old buildings; business, because we are a small community that supports local businesses; cinematography, fashion, and other visual arts. Savannah has an ever-growing film, music and general art scene.

 

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

A: Change and growth is good. Staying current with today’s fast-paced society and trends is imperative to a businesses success.

 

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

A: The boutique bakery. Not that I invented the boutique bakery, but being a part of the movement to bring them back. Moving away from chain grocery store bakeries and actually being able to enjoy a mouth watering dessert that reminds you of your grandmother’s baking, that is what I want everyone to remember me for.

 

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