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Wilkins resigns IDA post, returning to private sector
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Trey Wilkins is headed to Thomas & Sutton, an engineering firm in Savannah. - photo by Mark Lastinger/staff

SPRINGFIELD — During the Effingham County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) meeting on July 26, Project Manager Tre Wilkins issued his monthly report in familiar fashion. He was short, to the point and totally lacking in fanfare.

There was thing different, however, and it was big. It was his final time to address the board before returning to the private sector.

Wilkins surrendered his post to work for Thomas & Hutton, an engineering firm in Savannah. July 31 will be his last day at the IDA.

“I’m returning to the private sector,” Wilkins said after the meeting. “That’s what I did for 16 years before coming here.”

Wilkins spent 2 1/2 years as project manager, including a stretch of about six months when he doubled as interim IDA CEO following the resignation of John Henry last fall.

“I appreciate the opportunity I had here,” Wilkins said. “I know the IDA is in good hands and is headed in the right direction.”

Brandt Herndon, formerly of the Savannah Economic Development Authority, said Wilkins has been invaluable to him since he was named IDA CEO in late May.

“It’s been awesome working with Tre,” Herndon said during the meeting. “I can’t imagine where I would be right now six weeks later without him being here. I appreciate everything he’s done and I look forward to working with (him) on the other side.

“Even though he’s leaving us, I will probably be talking to him as much as before. He just won’t be right down the hall.”

Before asking Wilkins for his report, IDA Chairman Glenn Weston thanked him on behalf of the board.

Herndon said he hopes to have Wilkins’ successor on board within two months “because the activity is there.”

“We need to be able to respond to it quickly,” Herndon said.