Meet Our Consultants

Jeff Patterson


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

pattersonJeff 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 FastTracĀ® 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.

Robert (Bob) Thiele

Business Consultant

BS, Industrial Design, Syracuse UniversityThiele_2925_5x7
MBA, University of Pittsburgh
Bob’s areas of expertise and experience include general business management, new product development, intellectual capital, patents, technology transfer and strategic planning. During his time with the SBDC, Bob has consulted with hundreds of businesses across manufacturing, construction, service, retail and wholesale industries. Prior to joining the SBDC, Bob spent most of his career in manufacturing and product development. In addition to his corporate experience, Bob has owned a consulting practice and a franchise.


Michael Moore

Program Development Officer

BS, Accounting and Finance, Auburn UniversityMichael Moore
Mr. Moore is an experienced business owner with extensive background in business development, marketing, sales, leadership and training. He is a veteran and heavily involved in the for profit and non profit arenas. Mr. Moore serves as a mentor in residence for young start up companies. He has and continues to serve in the eco system for the funding of companies as a member of the Ritz Group. His key role with the Georgia State University SBDC is development of relationships, events and sponsorships.