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GenNext: Ryan Sewell Q&A

Ryan Sewell, 32

Client Executive, Seacrest Partners, Inc.

Sewell is on the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the Board of Directors Savannah/Chatham Court Appointed Special Advocates and United Way Campaign Cabinet.

How will you do business differently in the coming year or decade?

Technology is changing the way business in interchanged; however, the challenge will be ensuring that business is still conducted in a personal and relational manner.

What technological or cultural advances are you looking forward to?

The continued evolution of the ‘paperless’ environment with seamless transmission of information electronically.

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

Savannah is the “Jewel of the South.” Our God-given beauty and assets, provide distinct competitive advantages in which we can continue to capitalize.

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

I believe the port/warehouses and supporting industries and employers catering to and serving the trucking and logistics industries are still positioned to see incredible growth in the coming years.

What college degrees will be the most in-demand in the Savannah area and why?

I believe technical and trade-specific degrees will continue to grow in demand. The economic drivers of our community are continuing to see the need for specific education and a trained/skilled workforce.

What advice do you have for other Savannah leaders?

Focus on the culture within your business. Create an environment that fosters growth and buy-in from your employees at every level.

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

More than anything else, I hope that future generations will learn by the example of many before them that hard work and focused priorities are the keys to success.

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