Heather Lundy, 32
Lundy has served as president of the Savannah Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, board member for Urban Hope and Susan G. Komen Coastal Georgia.
How will you do business differently this year or decade?
In the next decade, I expect Savannah to become more integrated into a global market. HunterMaclean is a partner with the World Trade Center Savannah, so I will likely interact more with individuals from different backgrounds and cultures.
What technological or cultural advances are you looking forward to?
I expect Savannah to become more culturally diverse, not just in the business community but in our neighborhoods, organizations, and places of worship. I think that expansion will be a great thing for the city and its residents. Diversity leads to more art and culture from other places, not to mention great food.
I also expect to see the Savannah entrepreneurial community continue to grow and flourish, which will mean that more smart, interesting, and engaged people will be part of our business and community lives.
What qualities or assets will distinguish Savannah and preserve or advance our local economy?
Savannah’s pride in its history will help Savannah to retain its character even as it grows and changes. Savannah strikes a balance of respecting the past while also welcoming progress. Residents of Savannah have mastered the ability to celebrate the city’s history without allowing the community to become antiquated.
Businesses are attracted to Savannah in part because the city is welcoming of positive change and new ideas; this mindset makes Savannah attractive to newcomers, and an influx of people and businesses has a positive effect on the local economy.
What advice do you have for other Savannah leaders?
Get involved in your community! When I moved here six years ago, I knew only a handful of people. I made an effort to join organizations I thought were important and was amazed at how welcoming everyone was. Savannah is a small enough community that individuals can really make a difference.
What innovation of yours do you hope will be remembered by future generations?
I hope to be remembered as someone who was willing to serve and who contributed to the growth of this city.