Leo G. Beckmann III
Age as of Jan. 1: 39
Title: Manager of Governmental Affairs
Company: Georgia Ports Authority
Savannah neighborhood: Wilmington Island
Q: What are your top three business growth accomplishments?
A: Successfully supporting the Georgia Ports Authority’s funding requests in state and federal appropriations bills ($266.1 million in state funds for harbor deepening).
A: Promoting the Georgia Ports Authority’s state legislative priorities.
A: Reinforcing the GPA’s grassroots and grasstops communications efforts throughout the state of Georgia.
Q: What are your top three business awards/accolades?
A: GenerationNEXT 2016
A: Leadership Southeast Georgia Class of 2013 and current nominations chairman
A: Savannah Magazine’s Best and Brightest 2008
Q: What are your top three philanthropic leadership roles?
A: Islands YMCA Vice Chairman
A: Susan G. Komen 2015 BigWig Campaign
A: Quantum Inc. Board
Q: How will you do business differently in the coming year or decade?
A: I want to continue to do business the same way I always have — with honesty and integrity.
Q: What technological or cultural advances are you looking forward to in the coming year or decade?
A: I am looking forward to seeing more and more demand for international trade through our state for businesses large and small. I hope technological advances will make it easier for small businesses to take the leap into markets abroad, enabling them to become large businesses.
Q: What qualities or assets will distinguish Savannah and preserve/advance our local economy?
A: Savannah has a lot going for it – and people recognize that. We may be “the pretty girl with a dirty face,” but we have more personality and charm than most anywhere else. Our history, natural beauty and climate will always attract visitors.
Our central location in the South Atlantic, superior logistical network and our status as the largest port in the Southeast will help to propel us well into the future and provide opportunities for continued growth.
Q: What economic drivers and business sectors promise the most growth in the next year or decade and why?
A: The Port of Savannah is already the Southeast’s gateway to the world, and continued growth there will propel the economy well into the future. Tourism will always be an important economic driver for us as well as long as we can maintain our personality and charm.
Advanced manufacturing employers like Gulfstream and Mitsubishi and continued film production help to diversify our local economy and will hopefully continue to grow opportunities in the area as well.
Q: What college degrees will be the most in-demand in the Savannah area and why?
A: As our nation’s economy converts from a manufacturing base to a service-based economy, logistics will lead the way. What business doesn’t need a person who can look at a process and make it more efficient?
Q: What advice do you have for other Savannah leaders in the coming year or decade?
A: Fight for growth and change where we need it, but remember what makes Savannah unique. We are a special place, but there is always room for improvement.
Q: What innovation of yours do you hope will be remembered by future generations?
A: I don’t know if I will ever be known as an innovator, but I do hope that future generations can say that I was a good person who made a positive impact on my hometown.