Coastal Empire News is served by a dedicated Editorial Advisory Board made up of community leaders who both … help to insure the integrity of our news coverage, and whose thoughts and views are sought regarding the editorial opinions published by CEN.
2017 CEN Editorial Advisory Board
Ron Weller – Former Vice President BB&T, Savannah Market (Retired).
Small Business Assistance Corp (Chairman of the board.) Banking, Commercial Real Estate and lending. Bank executives/Bank ownership. Deep relationships in the area’s business community.
Marc Friday – General Manager, The Planters Inn, Savannah
Savannah Mobility Management, Benedictine Military School, Savannah Waterfront Association. Past Chairman of the Georgia Hospitality & Lodging Assn. Deep knowledge of hospitality and tourism stats, taxes, revenue, legislation. Attends many City/County meetings, including Trade Center.
Dave Kartunen – Former Investigative Reporter/TV Anchor. Savannah, Miami, Boston
National level ‘Award-Winning’ journalist. DEEP knowledge of our community, the Georgia General Assembly, Police/Fire/Jail. Open Meetings & Open Records laws.
Ronald “RD” Williams – Former Supervisor at Gulfstream and Business Owner.
Currently owns a Home Improvement company. Current President of Westside Neighborhood Assn. Local churches; African American community issues. Food deserts. People in need.
Bates Lovett – Attorney with Fischer Broyles, Atlanta. Savannah Office.
Formerly with Hunter Maclean. Law, local courts, judges.
Caila Brown – Digital News Editor, Savannah Business Journal
Web design, Social Media. Community leader in Bicycling initiatves, livable communities. Strong relationships in Savannah’s ‘creative community.’