Vice President of Business Development at Colonial Group Inc. to Speak at Leadership NOW Lecture

By December 29, 2014Local NewsWIRE

Vice President of Business Development at Colonial Group Inc. to Speak at Leadership NOW Lecture on Tuesday, January 6

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Jaycees announce that Ryan Chandler, Vice President of Business Development at Colonial Group Inc., will be the first speaker in the 2015 Leadership NOW Lecture Series on Tuesday, January 6 at the Savannah Jaycees headquarters, located at 101 Atlas Street. Leadership NOW is a lecture series focused on leadership, management, and professional skills. Chandler will present “Colonial Group: Navigating the Seas of Change as One of Forbes Largest Privately Owned Companies.” Open networking begins at 5:30 and the program will run from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Chandler is Vice President of Business Development at Colonial Group Inc., the parent company of several local subsidiaries including Colonial Oil, Colonial Terminals and Enmark. Colonial Group, which spans three generations, is currently ranked on Forbes list as one of America’s Largest Private Companies with over 1,100 employees, boasting an average tenure of 20 years.

“My passion is helping people and businesses realize their full potential,” said Chandler, “I jumped at the opportunity to have a conversation with this group of young, service-minded leaders who devote themselves to making a powerful, positive impact in our community. I feel certain I’ll learn as much or more from the experience as anyone.”

Outside of work, Chandler serves as Chairman of Junior Achievement of Georgia’s Coastal Georgia District and has volunteered in the classroom for the past ten years. He also serves on the vestry of Christ Church Episcopal, where he co-chairs the stewardship campaign. In 2013 he was recognized by Savannah Magazine as one of Savannah’s Top 20 under 40 Rising Stars of Business.

This will be the first Leadership NOW lecture for the Savannah Jaycees under their new president Randi Hempel. Hempel said, “The series aligns with the Savannah Jaycees mission statement: to inspire leadership growth through community involvement. Our 2015 line-up is powerful, and we thought Ryan would be a great speaker to start the year off.”

The Savannah Jaycees invites the media and professionals ages 21 to 40 to attend the meeting on Tuesday, January 6. Guests will have the opportunity to ask questions. For more information on the Savannah Jaycees or the Leadership NOW Series, visit



The Savannah Jaycees received its Charter in January of 1942. Our mission: We inspire leadership growth through community involvement. The Jaycees is a national and international organization made of up business men and women between the ages of 21 and 40. The United States Jaycees was founded in 1920. The Jaycee vision is to be the leading global network of active young citizens. The Jaycees was created to provide development opportunities that empower young people to create a positive change. For more information on the Savannah Jaycees, visit or

A third generation family company founded in 1921, Colonial Group, Inc. (“Colonial Group”) is a diversified energy and port-related company, ranking #161 on Forbes List of America’s Largest Private companies with over 1,100 employees. Its history is rooted in the marketing, retailing, and distribution of petroleum products for the transportation, industrial, and marine applications. Over the years, its offerings have grown to include natural gas storage and marketing, liquid and dry bulk terminaling, retail fuel & ENMARK convenience stores, industrial chemical supply & distribution, and marine vessel safety and compliance consulting. For more information on Colonial Group, Inc., please call 912-236-1331 or visit .

Cynthia Wright
Savannah Jaycees Communications Committee Member

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