Britnee Kinard, 34
Founder/President, SD Gunner Fund
Kinard’s work provided $10,000 in assistance for nine service dogs in 2015 and nine in 2016 with two dogs for child handlers. She received the 2015 Lincoln Award.
How will you do business differently this year or decade?
We have just hired our first training director for our service dog program, which was a big step for us. We are hoping to add multiple mobility and other assistive technology devices to our program in the next decade.
What technological or cultural advances are you looking forward to?
One of our supporters is Outrider USA, which makes adaptive electric bikes. We would love to start offering those to the Savannah veterans but we are currently looking for sponsors because each bike is around $25,000.
What qualities or assets will distinguish Savannah and preserve or advance our local economy?
Savannah is at a crucial time right now – preserving all that is great about our history and culture while not missing out on the opportunities that abound.
What economic drivers and business sectors promise the most growth in the next year or decade? Why?
Obviously tourism and the port spring to mind but with Hunter Army Air Field and Fort Stewart in our region, the importance of the military to our economy should never be underestimated.
What college degrees will be the most in-demand in the area? Why?
Everything is technology-driven these days. I truly feel we will see a continued rise in all fields related to technology.
What advice do you have for other Savannah leaders?
Being a leader means humbling yourself and remembering your role is more than a title. It is about influence. When we hold leadership positions we can truly impact the lives of those we influence and together we can radically impact the communities in which we live.
What innovation of yours do you hope will be remembered by future generations?
The huge potential of service/therapy dogs – we only fully understood this after Gunner – trained to support my husband and manage his PTSD began helping our son, who has autism.