Bryan Ferris, 32
Senior Project Manager, JE Dunn Construction
Ferris successfully managed $210 million of construction out of the Savannah office, including $125 million of new school construction for Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools. He is on the Savannah Technical College Community Council and the public schools’ Career Education Advisory Council.
How will you do business differently this year or decade?
I will focus more on being a leader and helping others achieve the levels of success that I have been fortunate
enough to achieve. I will make my biggest impact by helping others improve.
What technological or cultural advances are you looking forward to?
I look forward to breakthroughs in medicine that will allow people to live longer and happier lives.
What qualities or assets will distinguish Savannah and preserve or advance our local economy?
Savannah’s history and beauty will continue to separate us from anywhere in the country hence drawing tourists to continue to stimulate our local economy.
What economic drivers and business sectors promise the most growth in the next year or decade? Why?
The harbor deepening and attention that our ports are getting will be a key economic driver for decades to come. The creation of jobs, need for construction, etc., are key for the City of Savannah.
What college degrees will be the most in-demand in the area? Why?
Hospitality and logistics come to mind quickly when thinking about our two largest economic drivers. I think what Savannah, and ultimately the entire country, is lacking is a skilled workforce.
What advice do you have for other Savannah leaders?
Lead from the front. So many people want to call themselves leaders yet they stand back and watch. Don’t be scared of failure.
What innovation of yours do you hope will be remembered by future generations?
I am very passionate about practicing and teaching lean principles and enjoy watching the way it is changing our company and the construction industry as a whole. Lean management is based on the pillars of continuous improvement and respect for others. Looking back generations from now, I would like to be known as the guy that took a chance to do things differently and changed the way relationships are viewed among construction project teams.