World Trade Center Savannah’s Board of Directors announces the appointment of its 2018 executive committee. Scott Center, owner of National Office Systems, will serve another term as chairman. John Petrino, Director of Business Development for the Georgia Ports Authority, has been appointed Vice Chairman and Laura Moore, President of BankSouth, has been appointed Secretary/Treasurer.

In addition, the board announced newly appointed board members: David Paddison, President, Sterling Seacrest Partners; John Coleman, Vice President, Bonitz of Georgia; Yvonne Long, Director of International Logistics and Trade Compliance, Hugo Boss; Daren Pietsch, President, PaR Marine and Nina Gompels, President, NTG Enterprises.

Reappointed board members include: Steve Croy, Principal, Croy Group; Bill Hill, McIntosh County; Loretta Cockrum, Chairman and CEO, Foram Group; Ken Bianco, Vice-President of Commercial Operations, JCB Inc. and Michael Foran, consultant.

The new and reappointed board members join current board members: Dr. Cheryl Dozier, President, Savannah State University; Mayor Eddie De Loach, Mayor, City of Savannah; Representative Ann Purcell, board member, Georgia Department of Transportation; Dwight Evans, formerly of Southern Company; Eric Johnson, President, Hussey, Gay, Bell; Willie Seymore, Executive Vice President, South Atlantic and Gulf Coast, International Longshoreman’s Association; Ted Dennard, Founder and President, Savannah Bee Company and Edna Jackson, former Mayor, City of Savannah.

“World Trade Center Savannah’s regional board of directors is committed to growing the organization and supporting economic development in the City of Savannah and throughout the Coastal Georgia region,” said Scott Center, WTCSav Board Chairman. “We do that by helping to identify and facilitate foreign direct investment in the region and by helping established regional companies do business internationally. If you have or know a company here in the area already doing business internationally or that wants to get started, World Trade Center Savannah can help.”