Shantia Carnegie

  • Posted by Macy Thomas
  • On August 22, 2022
Shantia is the administrative associate for the Albany office. She is a graduate of Grantham University Online, with an AAS in Criminal Justice. Prior to joining the UGA ABDC, she served as a tech support specialist for the Division of Family & Children Services, assisting in account login restriction and providing and regaining access to Georgia Gateway website. She has a passion in customer service and overall just helping people.
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Nema Etheridge

  • Posted by Breeanna McBee
  • On March 10, 2021
Nema joined the UGA SBDC in 2021 with more than 15 years’ experience working with Georgia small businesses. Prior to joining the SBDC, she served as the marketing director for a Georgia-based coffee company that serves customers in wholesale, e-commerce and brick-and-mortar settings. She has worked in a variety of roles in small business, gaining experience in branding, communications, digital marketing, restaurant hospitality and management, sales, and strategic planning. She is a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier Atlanta, is fluent in French and speaks conversational Spanish.          


  • Bachelor of Arts (Political Science), McGill University
  • Master of Public Administration (Economic Development & Planning), Georgia State University
  • Regional Economic & Leadership Development class, 2014


  • Café Campesino Inc. (Marketing Director)
  • Café Campesino Coffee House (Retail Manager)
  • Café Campesino (Sales & Marketing Manager)
  • CIFAL Atlanta (Program Manager)
  • GlobalAtlanta (International Business Reporter)
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Susan Paz McBrayer

  • Posted by Breeanna McBee
  • On September 30, 2020
Susan brings a powerhouse set of skills to the SBDC team, including over 20 years of banking experience. She most recently served as a Branch Manager for Ameris in Tifton, GA. She was very involved with the PPP Project at Ameris and helped clients secure over $80 million in funding during this time.   Susan is a first-generation Cuban American who is bilingual in Spanish and English. She is very involved in her local community serving on the Tifton Merchant Association, the United Way of South Central Georgia, and the Alzheimer’s Walk Committee for Tifton.        


  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), Valdosta State University
  • Graduate of American Bankers Association Graduate Trust School II
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Rob Martin

  • Posted by Meredith Reeves
  • On July 3, 2019
Rob  Martin is Area Director of the UGA SBDC in Albany.  Previously, he worked for multiple large corporations and brings with him a rich background of leadership experiences ranging from manufacturing, sales and distribution, to hospitality, culinary and operations management. He is recognized as a leader that loves to grow business and people to help them reach their full potential. These previous experiences have equipped Rob with the ability to educate clients through a multitude of challenges and strategic changes needed in today's marketplace. His areas of expertise include marketing, retail strategy, financial forecasting, human resources and strategic planning. One of Rob's major forte's is the ability to help educate leaders and teams on how to "connect the dots" using innovation and communication.  


  • BBA (Marketing), Georgia Southwestern University
  • MBA (Human Resources), Georgia Southwestern University


  • Applied Industrial Technologies (Account Manager)
  • Sherwood Baptist Church (Director of Hospitality and Executive Chef)
  • Motion Industries - Industrial Division of Genuine Parts Company (Operations Manager and Account Sales)


  • Opened 2 satellite branches for Motion Industries - procured land, assisted in designing and building facilities, hired staff, marketed business and forecasted operations.
  • Took one business from $10,000 in annual sales to over $15,000 in monthly sales in less than 12 months still in operation today.
  • Opened a successful Coffee Shop and Café still in operation today.
  • Awarded Outstanding Marketing Student of the Year by the Atlanta chapter of the American Marketing Association.
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