Meet Our Consultants

Jeff Patterson

Director

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.

Edward (Ted) D. Beveridge

Business Consultant

BA, Economics, State University of New York at Buffalo
MBA, Finance and Accounting, Vanderbilt University

beveridgeMr. Beveridge spent six years as a successful small business owner prior to joining the Georgia SBDC Network. He has experience in every facet of small business operations and has developed specific expertise in the food and retail sectors. Mr. Beveridge also spent several years in corporate financial roles and is well-versed in quantitative functions like budgeting, financial planning, pricing and cash-flow forecasting. Additionally, he spent four years conducting search-and-rescue operations in the United States Coast Guard.

Peter J. 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.