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Generation Next 2016: Nicholas Puhala

Nicholas E. Puhala

 

Age as of Jan. 1: 36

Title: Vice President and Savannah Market Leader

Company: USI Insurance Services

Savannah neighborhood: Mayfair

 

Q: What are your top three business growth accomplishments?

A: Achieving double digit annual growth while managing the CBU Southeast Unit for Willis.

A: Achieving double digit annual growth while managing Willis Savannah in 2014.

A: Achieving first-year double digit annualized growth while managing USI Savannah in 2015.

 

Q: What are your top three business awards/accolades?

A: Leadership Savannah

A: Leadership Southeast Georgia

A: Certified insurance counselor

 

Q: What are your top three philanthropic leadership roles?

A: 2014 President Propeller Club of the United States, Port of Savannah

A: Past committee chairman, Disability Services at Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf

A: Eucharistic minister, St. James Catholic Church

 

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

A: The level of sophistication that buyers of insurance are looking for in their broker continue to increase. I look forward to using the new and advanced tools of USI to help our clients continue to more effectively manage risk.

 

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

A: I’m extremely interested to see the way 3-D printing will revolutionize our everyday life.

 

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

A: The SHEP project completion and continued growth of the Georgia Ports Authority will continue to drive the area’s economic growth more than any other single entity.

 

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

A: In addition to the GPA, the tax incentives for the film industry in Georgia have that industry poised for significant growth over the next decade.

 

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

A: The greatest demand in the coming years will be in the technical college and trade certification space as the demand for skilled labor continues to skyrocket.

 

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

A: I would encourage other Savannah leaders to think more regionally and globally and less on what’s right around them.

 

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

A: It is my hope that the process our firm goes through when providing risk management and employee benefit solutions will forever change the way businesses go about choosing their insurance broker.

 

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