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GenNext: Jamie Gwaltney Q&A

Jamie Gwaltney, 38

Business Unit Leader/Vice President, Moffat &Nichol

Gwaltney is the youngest business unit leader of a global infrastructure advisory firm with 650 employees in 35 offices in seven countries.

He is active in his church and has participated in a Ghana mission trip and service projects.

How will you do business differently this year or decade?

Focus on relationships, do the best I can, attempt to balance work and life, strive for excellence, and empower my team to take on new responsibilities which enables them to flourish.

What technological or cultural advances are you looking forward to?

Our young people are our future. They are smart, tech-savvy, and adapt well. We need to continue to invest in workforce development and provide local opportunities for experience through internships, co-ops, etc.

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

Our culture, southern hospitality and ability to adapt make Savannah great. Our port is the best in the country and has a community and state that support it. We have made advances in our transportation and community infrastructure, but we can always improve.

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

The port and logistics industry by far. Years ago people were surprised to learn how successful our port was. Now, all ports want to be like the GPA.

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

Technology and logistics. As the largest, fastest growing, most technologically advanced, and business-savvy port in the country, the Port of Savannah will soon become the primary East Coast port. In addition, the most significant U.S. population growth will occur in the Southeast and we are well positioned to capitalize on this because we are investing in our infrastructure.

What advice do you have for other Savannah leaders?

Do what you say, respect everyone, and be humble.

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

I have been fortunate to work on many exciting, challenging and innovative engineering projects in Georgia, the Southeast and internationally. I would also hope my daughter would look at my projects one day and say, “Wow! Nice job, Dad.”

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