Age as of Jan. 1: 32
Title: Business Development | Project Manager
Company: DPR Construction
Savannah neighborhood: South Harbor
Q: What are your top three business growth accomplishments?
A: Selected for Leadership Savannah Class 2015-16. Excited for the opportunity to learn more about our city and how I can better contribute as we develop and expand a new network of leaders.
A: DPR has afforded me the opportunity to lead a team of construction professionals in Savannah. We strive not only to build great things, but also build great people. I’m humbled to be a part of that.
A: Successful completion of more than $16 million in construction projects in downtown Savannah over the past 1.5 years, which have and will continue to contribute to the economic development of our Historic District.
Q: What are your top three business awards/accolades?
A: Leadership Savannah
A: Honored to volunteer with Park Place Outreach.
A: Serving on DPR Savannah Leadership Team
Q: What are your top three philanthropic leadership roles?
A: Park Place Outreach — Volunteer
A: Make A Wish — Savannah — Volunteer
A: 13th Colony — board member
Q: How will you do business differently in the coming year or decade?
A: Technology continues to drive our business. We will embrace and push technology to work with us and for us to be more efficient. In doing so, we’ve got to keep our feet grounded and continue focus on the boots on the ground, developing and maintaining a skilled workforce.
Q: What technological or cultural advances are you looking forward to in the coming year or decade?
A: The arts — film, art and music festivals continue to gain momentum. SCAD continues to push to another tier every year. The city supports them, and it is exciting to watch the engagement increase diversifying the culture of the City.
In regards to technological advances, I would have to say availability of high speed public broadband to the city. The increase in volume of business that can and will take place with this infrastructure will take our city to another level.
Q: What qualities or assets will distinguish Savannah and preserve/advance our local economy?
A: Continuing to be open to new business while maintaining the accountability and integrity of the historic districts.
Q: What economic drivers and business sectors promise the most growth in the next year or decade and why?
A: I believe the hospitality sector will see the most growth in the next several years. Occupancy rates are consistently high while SEDA, Savannah Downtown Business Association, The Savannah Waterfront Association and other partners are engaging new events that attract locals and tourist to the area on a consistent basis throughout the year.
The demand is there, and it appears the players are responding.
Q: What college degrees will be the most in-demand in the Savannah area and why?
A: Logistics/supply chain management and hospitality management degrees will always find a place in Savannah with the expansion of the port and the booming tourist industry.
Q: What advice do you have for other Savannah leaders in the coming year or decade?
A: Operate with an unwavering sense of integrity. Be a catalyst for efficiency and positive change. Collaborate. Ask yourself how you can help someone else. Have fun.
Q: What innovation of yours do you hope will be remembered by future generations?
A: It is not my innovation, but I strive to be a servant leader, which I do hope will be remembered by future generations. I hope to successfully emulate these practices which will positively influence others to embrace a similar mindset. It is invigorating to watch it work.