Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer for the Effingham County Industrial Development Authority (ECIDA), Brandt Herndon, is responsible for the development and implementation of business development and business retention action plans, as well as the oversight of long term financial planning, land development strategies, and marketing initiatives.
Brandt is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance, and holds a Masters of Business Administration from Georgia State University. Brandt has a wealth of experience in commercial and industrial real estate, having served as the executive vice president of Apple Realty, where he was responsible for sales, leasing, property management and development. He also held positions at the Georgia Department of Economic Development as well as Electric Cities of Georgia where he was an economic development project manager. Brandt came to the ECIDA from the Savannah Economic Development Authority, where he served as the vice president of business development for over 7 years.
Brandt is actively involved on the board of the Southern Economic Development Council, the Realtors Commercial Alliance of Savannah and Hilton Head, as well as the Local Board of Directors for Savannah Technical College, and the Board of Directors for the Effingham County Chamber of Commerce. He is a graduate of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development, Leadership Fayette, Leadership Henry, Leadership Savannah, and Atlanta Regional Commission’s Regional Leadership Institute. Brandt is an Economic Development Finance Professional as designated by the National Development Council, and holds an Associate Brokers License through the Georgia Board of Realtors.