This week’s newsletter marks my last as I turn the page toward retirement. Thank you all for your support of the organization, our staff (past and present), as well as our community.
I am proud of our 2,200+ member firms, our wonderful staff, the organization's financial stability, and especially our 90%-membership retention rate. Your support has always been there, no matter the needs. An engaged business community provides jobs, family incomes, quality of life, and the tax base for almost everything else. From Savannah Chatham Day, Leadership Savannah, Small Business Recognition/Awards, all the way to the alphabet of SPLOST (S, E, & T), etc., we are very fortunate to have a diverse and very healthy economy. Today, our region is flourishing with tourism, ports & logistics, manufacturing, small businesses, healthcare, military, and films – all these sectors show upward growth.
Coming from the Midwest, I’ve come to profoundly appreciate southern graciousness. I certainly experienced that when we all work together, we are better. I urge us to lessen the social media banter and talk face-to-face with those who we agree with, and especially with those we do not. I believe polite dialog and learning from others are the true foundations for success and better solutions.
My successor, Bert Brantley, is looking forward to meeting everyone and is hosting a member open house this Wednesday, February 1, at 5 p.m. at Cohen’s Retreat. His leadership and your support will move our Coastal Region onto greater heights and prosperity.
Thank you to the many boards and chairpersons, staff, member volunteers, and so many great mayors, county chairmen, city/county managers, and all government elected officials who take on the too-often unappreciated challenge of leadership.
Thank you very much for the wonderful opportunity. I look forward to seeing many of you around town