Wednesday, June 28, 2023 from 7:00-8:45 am. 

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The Savannah Golf Club

1661 East President Street

Savannah, GA 31404

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Mike Lynch 
CFO Council of Savannah 

World Trade Center Savannah: U.S. Foreign-Trade Zone and TradeBridge programs 

Plan to join us on Wednesday, June 28th at the Savannah Golf Club as we welcome Leigh Ryan and Chris Ahearn from World Trade Center Savannah.

Leigh Ryan: U.S. Foreign-Trade Zone 

Leigh Ryan, Vice President, oversees strategy and development for World Trade Center Savannah. She works to make the region as competitive as possible in the effort to create, grow and attract business and create job opportunities. Ryan supports all divisions of the organization and is responsible for ongoing development of products, services, programs as well as managing Foreign-Trade Zone 104, which includes 17 Georgia counties.

Chris Ahearn: TradeBridge

Chris Ahearn spent the last 10 years working in higher education and nonprofit organizations in Chicago. He is a graduate of Georgia Southern University and furthered his education at Dublin City University in Ireland where he earned a master’s degree in international relations. As the Director of Research and Trade Development at World Trade Center Savannah, he facilitates and oversees all aspects of partner specific research, international lead development, planning and receiving of inbound and outbound delegations, and manages the Savannah side of TradeBridge.


The World Trade Centers Association stimulates trade and investment opportunities for commercial property developers, economic development agencies and international businesses looking to connect globally and prosper locally.

The WTCA serves as an “international ecosystem” of global connections, iconic properties and integrated trade services under the umbrella of a prestigious brand.

The network is a major catalyst for trade and business development worldwide. Bi-directional, borderless commerce is an essential component of global economic prosperity and expanding local and regional economies.

There are more than 300 World Trade Centers in nearly 100 countries.


Attendance Guidelines

Senior Financial Executives (SFE's): Up to 2 per company per meeting. SFE’s are company management personnel who are responsible, directly or indirectly, for the financial management and financial well being of an organization. SFE’s may include but are not limited to: CFO’s, Controllers, Vice President-Finance, Treasurer, President, CEO, Business Owners. etc.

Resource Company Representatives (RC): Up to 1 per company per meeting. Resource companies are defined as companies that provide services and expertise that may be of value to SFE’s. Representatives of resource companies are people who are not involved in the financial management or decision making of the Company. Resource companies may include but are not limited to banks, insurance providers, lawyers, investment advisers, public accountants, colleges, staffing/recruiting, payroll providers, consultants, bookkeepers, etc.

If you are new to the CFO Council or have not attended a meeting in the last twelve months, we encourage you to attend the May meeting free of charge. The CFO Council is a great way to network with fellow finance professionals while enjoying a wonderful breakfast at the Savannah Golf Club. Annual dues are $200 for 2023 and can be paid on the Council's website at www.cfocouncil.com. A single meeting cost is $35.00 and can be paid on the website or at the door as well.

More Information

Thank you for your attention and response and we look forward to seeing you on Wednesday the 28th.

Mike Lynch

CFO Council of Savannah


(912) 800-3964