Leadership Southeast Georgia Announces 2019 Board of Directors

Staff Report From Savannah CEO

Friday, December 21st, 2018

Leadership Southeast Georgia has announced the election of its 2019 board of directors that will include Lee Beckmann, of the Georgia Ports Authority, as its chair and Brynn Grant, of the Savannah Economic Development Authority, as vice chair.

The new executive board will include Beckmann and Grant plus the following community leaders:

Treasurer: Jon Seagraves, Citizens Bank, Bryan County

Secretary: Margaret VanHouten, D.S. Smith, Liberty County

Immediate Past Chair: Ruel Joyner, 24e Design Co., Chatham County

Leadership Southeast Georgia is a five-month region-wide program designed to equip, empower and connect community leaders so they can most effectively promote positive growth and improve the quality of life in the southeast Georgia region. The executive board and program participants represent a variety of industries across Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh and Screven counties.

As the manager of governmental affairs with the Georgia Ports Authority since 2003, Beckmann’s duties include overseeing government relations and executing a statewide outreach campaign. Prior to joining the ports authority, he served as a legislative assistant to former U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Savannah. Beckmann received his B.A. in history from Wake Forest University, is a member of the Metro Savannah Rotary Club and is a graduate of Leadership Southeast Georgia and Leadership Savannah.

Grant is a native of Liberty County who has worn many hats over her 18 years at the Savannah Economic Development Authority. In her current position as chief operating officer, she is responsible for helping the SEDA team create, grow and attract businesses and create jobs. Grant is also the vice president of World Trade Center Savannah, the international business and trade development platform for the region. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor of arts in journalism. She is also a graduate of Leadership Savannah, Leadership Southeast Georgia and Leadership Georgia.

Other board members include:

Jesse Bentley, Evans General Contracting, Chatham County

Jason Coley, Georgia Power, McIntosh County

James Coughlin, Camden County, Camden County

Jared Downs, Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce, Glynn County

Frank Fortune, The Fortune Image, Bulloch County

Robert Grant, Junior Achievement, Effingham County

Cedric King, Pinova, Glynn County

Kendria Lee, Georgia Southern University, Bulloch County

Joe Marchese, Joe Marchese Construction, Effingham County

Krystal McGee, YMCA of Coastal Georgia, Liberty County

Marcus Sack, PC Simonton, Liberty County

Alyce Thornhill, Georgia Department of Economic Development Region 12, Camden County