SEDA Staff

Hugh "Trip" Tollison
President and CEO

Hugh “Trip” Tollison is the President and CEO of the Savannah Economic Development Authority, overseeing all aspects of the organization including business attraction, business retention and expansion and World Trade Center Savannah. Having been involved in nearly all major economic development initiatives in Chatham County in the last decade, Trip has a wealth of experience and extensive relationships on the local, state and regional level.  He previously served as Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce and served as an aide in Georgia and Washington for U.S. Senator Sam Nunn and U.S. Congressman Jack Kingston. He received his degree from the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia. 

Leigh Acevedo
Director of Business Retention and Workforce

Leigh Acevedo has been a member of the SEDA team since 2007 and is responsible for leading initiatives to help local business grow and expand. She works with businesses to ensure that they have access to and knowledge of available incentives, programs, partnerships and services as well as working closely with local and state partners to deliver targeted educational programs and address industry-specific workforce needs.

Jen Bonnett
Vice President of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Hired in 2018, Jen Bonnett is responsible for developing and implementing a marketing and business development action plan that attracts creative production, design and technology prospects to Savannah for successful location and operation. Bonnett was previously with the Georgia Institute of Technology as the general manager of the Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC). She is also the founder for StartupChicks and was CEO of Nexpense, which was acquired in 2012.

Jessie Bynum
Manager of Research and Trade Development

Jessie Bynum is responsible for researching the needs of WTCSav's clients and partners, including country, industry and product-specific information and data. She is also responsible for trade services reports, proposals and plans as well the planning and execution of outbound trade and investment development efforts to serve the needs of WTCSav and its partners. 

Leia Dedic
Director of Research and Grant Management
As the Director of Research and Grant Management, Leia works closely with all departments to provide research, data, reports, fiscal impact analyses, and avenues of funding to bring economic development projects and marketing campaigns to fruition. In addition to her work with SEDA, she has led the effort of identifying target countries for World Trade Center Savannah and assists the Savannah Area Film Office with their annual and biannual reporting. Leia is also the organization's Salesforce administrator helping the organization track and manage their progress towards established annual goals.  

Jesse Dillon
Vice President of Business Development

As Vice President of Business Development, Jesse works closely with companies interested in locating in Chatham County. She is engaged from the initial project inquiry to announcement and facilitates client needs. Previously, Jesse was a project manager for SEDA's business development team and was WTCSav's Manager of Programs and Trade Development where she managed inbound trade missions, outbound trade and investment development efforts and the planning, marketing and execution of Global Education Programs.  

Brynn Grant
Chief Operating Officer, SEDA
Vice President, World Trade Center Savannah
Brynn Grant has worn many hats over her 16 years at SEDA. Now Chief Operating Officer, she works to make Savannah and SEDA as competitive as possible in the effort to create, grow and attract business and create jobs. She supports all divisions and is responsible for ongoing development of products, services, programs and incentives and addressing related issues in workforce, infrastructure and investment. She is also the Vice President of WTCSav, Savannah’s international development platform for the greater Savannah region.

Angela Hendrix
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
Angela Hendrix, a 20 year public relations veteran, brought her in-depth knowledge and experience of marketing and public relations to SEDA in 2012. She oversees the planning, management and implementation of all marketing, communications, events, public relations and media relations at SEDA and WTCSav.

Beth McLaughlin
Executive Assistant and Office Manager

Joining SEDA in 2018, Beth McLaughlin is the executive assistant to the President and CEO as well as office manager. 


 LeAndrea Mikell
World Trade Center Savannah Programs and Marketing Coordinator

LeAndrea is responsible for planning, marketing and executing World Trade Center Savannah's Global Education Programs. She is also responsible for WTCSav's social media strategy and managing the WTCSav database. 

Leigh Ryan
World Trade Center Savannah Director of Trade Services and 
Foreign-Trade Zone 104
Leigh Ryan manages WTCSav's trade services assisting companies with their international strategies and the organization’s internship program. She is also Director for Foreign-Trade Zone 104, servicing 16 Georgia counties and works with established operators as well as promoting the benefits of FTZ to the region. 

Antwone Smoak
Administrative Assistant/Front Desk

If you visit our offices, you will immediately be greeted by one of the most positive people you have ever met. Antwone Smoak joined SEDA in 2018 and runs the day to day management of the office. Antwone is a graduate of Savannah State University and was a World Trade Center Savannah intern.

Mark Sprosty
Vice President of Finance and Administration
With more than 20 years of accounting experience, Mark Sprosty, CPA, is responsible for SEDA’s financial reporting, year-end audit preparation, budgeting and forecasting activities as well as developing and maintaining accounting principles, practices and procedures. In addition to his financial responsibilities, Mark oversees human resources at SEDA.