Jessica G. Pedigo
Age as of Jan. 1: 35
Title: Account manager, Employee Benefits
Company: Seacrest Partners
Savannah neighborhood: Technically, Olin Heights, more commonly known as midtown or Habersham Village.
Q: What are your top three business growth accomplishments?
A: Increased the amount of grant money awarded to Historic Savannah Foundation and increased local partnerships in order for the grant money to have the most impact.
A: Seacrest Personal Lines department doubled during the time in which I was an account manager and greatly expanded its client base in Atlanta.
A: Founding member of the Metropolitan Savannah Rotary Club
Q: What are your top three business awards/accolades?
A: Rotarian of the Year by the Metropolitan Savannah Rotary Club
A: American Institute of Architects Savannah Award for commitment to the architecture community
A: Graduate of Leadership Savannah
Q: What are your top three philanthropic leadership roles?
A: Grants chair, Metropolitan Savannah Rotary
A: Live Oak Public Library Foundation Board trustee
A: Soccer coach; United States Soccer Federation National “D” licensed coach
Q: How will you do business differently in the coming year or decade?
A: I have always believed that working collaboratively is generally a good business practice, but sometimes, if you are not careful, it can lead to inefficiency. With the constant growth of technology in the workplace, we sometimes find ourselves in a world of non-stop conference calls, meetings, webinars and more.
I am constantly working to be as efficient as possible and think it will only become more difficult in the coming year or decade.
Q: What technological or cultural advances are you looking forward to in the coming year or decade?
A: We are in trouble if anyone is looking to me for advice on technological advances, I still keep a (color coded) paper calendar — and could not live without it.
Q: What qualities or assets will distinguish Savannah and preserve/advance our local economy?
A: The qualities that will distinguish Savannah are the ones that have always set us apart from other cities — our location, our history and our people. Preserving these qualities is what will advance our local economy.
We have been given a special treasure that includes our beautiful coast and our impressive city plan thanks to Gen. Oglethorpe.
We have been fortunate to have a wonderful mix of immigrants, implants and locals over time who have been good stewards of our city and who have worked hard to maintain a civil and progressive society.
Q: What economic drivers and business sectors promise the most growth in the next year or decade and why?
A: Fortunately, we have many economic drivers in Savannah, but with the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project in progress, the ports show great promise to be one of the leading economic drivers in our area.
Q: What college degrees will be the most in-demand in the Savannah area and why?
A: Technical degrees will be very important in the near future due to many of the large manufacturing businesses in Savannah and the need for skilled labor for the preservation of our wonderful buildings.
Q: What advice do you have for other Savannah leaders in the coming year or decade?
A: Never stop meeting new people. Savannah is such a vibrant city, and those who live here are what make her that way. We are fortunate to live in such a great city that constantly attracts new people, many of whom will be future leaders in our city and all of whom will play a part in making up the fabric of Savannah one way or another.
Q: What innovation of yours do you hope will be remembered by future generations?
A: I wouldn’t consider it innovative, but I strongly believe everyone should give back to the community, especially those of us who have received so much from the community and others before us.
People giving back to the community create a better and stronger community for future generations.