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GenNext: Jackie Johnson Q&A

Jackie Johnson, 37

Director of Sales, Page International, Inc.

Johnson has worked from an entry-level position to Director of Sales. She is participates in Angel Tree, item collection for The Spring shelter and Greenbriar Children’s Center.

How will you do business differently this year or decade?

Look to leverage the most up-to-date technology in order to continue to automate and allow our workforce to work smarter.

What technological or cultural advances are you looking forward to?

I love seeing the world evolving, especially in its attitude toward women and a woman’s place. We have seen many advances with women being able to have a voice and attend school in countries where that opportunity didn’t previously exist.

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

I see our port as one of our greatest assets. Page International works closely with all U.S. ports. However, seeing the plans that the Georgia Ports Authority lists out each year in order to continue to expand and optimize their operations makes me feel proud to be a part of the logistics industry in Savannah.

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

International Trade. Through Projects like the Savannah Harbor deepening, the improvements to Savannah’s infrastructure (some in progress, some planned) and the potential for warehouse space and distribution centers, I feel that we have an advantage over any other port city in the United States to attract new businesses.

What college degrees will be the most in-demand in the area? Why?

I feel that logistics and supply chain will be important degrees in our area. We have one of the fastest growing ports in the U.S., and this is a big economic attractor for the Savannah area.

What advice do you have for other Savannah leaders?

Embrace change and use it to your advantage. Look for ways to work smarter, not harder. Invest in the community.

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

I don’t really look at it as an innovation, however I have had the opportunity to train many different individuals and instill in them a love for the logistics industry. I hope that they in turn will do the same with future generations as they continue to learn and grow.

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