Troy Vollenweider

  • Posted by Macy Thomas
  • On May 16, 2022
Prior to joining the UGA SBDC, Troy previously held financial and operational positions in commercial banking, small business management and healthcare administration.  His commercial banking background covers almost 15 years of commercial lending, real estate lending, and mortgage warehousing.   Troy's small business management experience includes work in real estate/property management with traditional and government-subsidized housing.  In 2004, he completed the Certified Professional of Occupancy (CPO) designation requirements with the National Affordable Housing Management Association.  With his broad business background, Troy enjoys working with small businesses to help them reach their full potential.  
 

Education

  • BBA (Management), University of West Georgia
  • MBA (Business Administration), University of West Georgia
 

Accomplishments

  • Coastal Georgia's "20 under 40" Golden Isles Magazine (2008)
  • Xactimate, Level 1 Certified (2021)
 

Leadership

  • University of West Georgia National Alumni Association, Board of Directors
  • Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors
  • Eta Sigma Alumni Association, Board Member
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Candice Mays

  • Posted by Macy Thomas
  • On February 9, 2022
Candice started with the UGA SBDC in DeKalb in February 2022. She brings over seven years of combined experience in marketing strategy, customer service and sales within retail and animal health industries.   Before her start at the UGA SBDC, she managed marketing plans and communications as an Associate Marketing Manager at BI Animal Health while completing her Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from University of Georgia. During her tenure at the company, she won awards for customer experience, created multiple strategic brand plans, and executed business-building tactics.   Her passion lies with helping entrepreneurs and small business owners start, grow, and succeed in their business.
 
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Terence Strong

  • Posted by Breeanna McBee
  • On October 6, 2021
Terence Strong graduated with a degree in Finance from Emory University and over the next 10 years built a career in international finance, partnerships and philanthropy at the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and the Rockefeller Foundation. He then successfully co-founded, raised capital for and scaled a venture-funded e-commerce startup in the bath and body industry, while teaching marketing, finance, strategy and customer development at a top-tier, globally recognized tech accelerator. He brings in years of experience on both sides of the entrepreneurial table as a financier and as a founder with a passion for community development, consumer products and early- stage venture development.    

Education

  • BBA (Finance), Emory University
  *This position was made possible by a gift from Fiserv.
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Levar Haffoney

  • Posted by Breeanna McBee
  • On July 1, 2021
Levar has over 10 years of business consulting experience. He specializes in financial analysis, business acquisitions and business financing. Prior to joining the UGA SBDC at Georgia State University, Levar was the managing principal at Vedere Consulting. In that role, he provided outsourced CFO solutions to help business owners optimize their operations and improve cash flow.   Prior to Vedere, he was the Business Services Manager for the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, a community development financial institution. At GJDC, Levar managed their Capital Access Revolving Loan Fund and provided technical assistance to businesses in Southeast Queens.   He has also advised and mentored hundreds of aspiring and active entrepreneurs through his associations with NYC Business Solutions, the Empire State Development Corp., the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation and the Community College of Philadelphia. He was also an adjunct lecturer at the City University of New York, York College.   Levar began his career as a financial advisor and has worked with Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase.

Education

  • B.S. Business, Management, & Economics, SUNY, Empire State College
  • MBA, Eastern University
 

Experience

  • Vedere Consulting
  • Greater Jamaica Development Corporation
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • Bank of America

Leadership

  • 2020, Board Chair, Spectrum Health Services, Philadelphia
  • 2017, Director, Pro Bono Committee, Financial Planning Association of New York
 

Accomplishments

  • 2016, The Network Journal 40 Under Forty Honoree
  • FINRA Series 7, 63, & 65 securities licenses (inactive)
  • New York State insurance broker (inactive)
  • QuickBooks Pro Advisor (inactive)

Additional Information

  • Levar has contributed to several business and financial publications including, Black Enterprise, Money, Yahoo Finance, and Financial Planning.
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Jennifer Lee

  • Posted by Breeanna McBee
  • On April 13, 2021
Jennifer joined the UGA SBDC with over 20 years of business and brand management experience. She brings a rich background of analyzing business needs, developing strategy and building new business. She has worked on creating, implementing and measuring business plans to grow brands in existing and new markets using traditional and social media.   When Jennifer acquired a small business, she utilized the services of the UGA SBDC in Brunswick to help her navigate the ins-and-outs of operating and eventually selling a small business. With this first-hand experience, she knows what a valuable resource the UGA SBDC is and she is passionate about helping other small businesses create and build their own success!

Education

  • MBA, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
  • BS (Marketing and Communications), University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
 

Experience

  • The Pack Canine Studio (Owner)
  • Rich Products Consumer Brands (VP Marketing)
  • Rich Products, Unilever Ice Cream, Birds Eye Foods and Enzymatic Therapy/Nature’s Way (Manager)
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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.          

Education

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

Experience

  • 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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Nadia Osman

  • Posted by Breeanna McBee
  • On November 3, 2020
Nadia Osman joined the UGA SBDC in 2020, bringing with her over a decade of experience in designing, marketing and implementing programs for public-private partnerships, startups, non-profits and the U.S. Air Force - valued at over $6 billion.   Her career prior included developing affordable housing, new businesses and public events in the Central Georgia region, and launching the Shop Local Macon initiative, the area’s first makerspace and Georgia’s first Young Entrepreneurs Academy.   Throughout her previous roles, Osman developed a passion for helping people making a living doing what they love. Her areas of expertise include business plan and financial projection development, digital marketing and advertising, email marketing, graphic design, print marketing, search engine optimization, social media marketing and website optimization.   Additionally, Osman is a Certified Digital Marketing Professional, a certification she obtained from the American Marketing Association and Digital Marketing Institute.

Education

  • MBA, Mercer University
  • BA, Mercer University
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