Meet Our Consultants

Jeff Patterson


BA, Business Management, North Georgia College & State University
MBA, Brenau University

Jeff has extensive financial industry experience that includes leadership roles in credit administration, commercial lending, operations management, regulatory compliance, and audit administration. His expertise includes loan proposal and business plan preparation, cash flow management, budgeting, and customer satisfaction. He also has brokerage and financial planning training as well as his Commercial Lending Diploma from RMA.

Peter Rassel

Business Consultant

BA, Asian Studies, University of Michigan
MS, Marketing, Georgia State University

rasselMr. Rassel is an experienced business consultant with specialties in marketing, market research, loan assistance and government procurement. He is the project manager and certified facilitator for GSU SBDC’s FastTrac® program, an award-winning training program for entrepreneurs. Mr. Rassel is also certified as an Economic Development Finance Professional by the National Development Council.

Erica W. Bracey

Business Consultant

BS, Business Administration, SUNY Albany

MBA, Marketing, Georgia State University

braceyMs. Bracey’s professional background includes business management and marketing positions within retail, academia, e-commerce and banking. As an entrepreneur, she has ongoing experience in the areas of real estate, public relations, event planning and special events. While attending GSU, Ms. Bracey was a recipient of the Marketing Award for Excellence. In addition, she is a member of the National Black MBA Association, South Fulton County Chamber of Commerce, GMSDC and GSU Alumni Association.

Richard “Tres” Crow, III

Business Consultant 

Masters of Business Administration, UNIVERSITY OF WEST GEORGIA (Business Administration)

Bachelor of Arts, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN (History)

Associate of Arts, YOUNG HARRIS COLLEGE (Business)

Tres is an experienced marketing and sales professional with extensive skill in                                        marketiTres Crow Headshotng, technology, entrepreneurship, and social media. Having worked successfully in a variety of fields—as a lender, banker, insurance agent, membership manager, marketing and copy-writing freelancer, as well as a sales and operations manager at both regional and national retail banks—he has a wide-ranging view of several key aspects of the business and entrepreneurial communities.