Antonio Barrios

  • Posted by Breeanna McBee
  • On September 24, 2020
Antonio Barrios serves as a senior business consultant for the UGA SBDC at Kennesaw State University. Antonio has over 30 years of professional experience in several areas including finance, access to capital and management. He used to work as a Commercial Lender for Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs at CDFI and as SBA/Commercial Loan Officer for a community bank in Atlanta. He also developed expertise as an economic and financial analyst working for the Central Bank of Venezuela in the areas of financial planning and economic analysis.  

Education

  • BS (Economics), Universidad Catolica Andres Bello
  • MBA, Kennesaw State University
 

Honors

  • America’s SBDC State Star (2017)
  • UGA SBDC Consultant of The Year (2016)
  • UGA SBDC Flewellen Award for Consulting Excellence (2012, 2013, 2016)
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Drew Tonsmeire

  • Posted by Meredith Reeves
  • On July 3, 2019
Drew Tonsmeire serves as the Area Director with the UGA SBDC at Kennesaw State University. With more than 21 years’ experience within the UGA SBDC organization, his consulting expertise in strategic marketing, financial packaging and overall business management has impacted thousands of business owners. His background includes service as President and CEO of a local Chamber of Commerce, as well as experience in retail, manufacturing and service environments.   Drew is a certified instructor for Google, eBay University and GrowSmart. He serves as Chair for America’s SBDC conference, which brings together over 1,500 SBDC professionals from across the U.S.    

Education

  • MBA (Marketing), Georgia State University
  • BBA (Marketing), University of Georgia
  • AA (Business Administration), Oxford College of Emory University

Experience

  • Cartersville-Bartow County Chamber of Commerce (President & CEO)

Accomplishments

  • Certified Google Small Business Trainer
  • Certified eBay Education Specialist
  • GrowSmart Facilitator
  • FastTrac Facilitator
  • UGA SBDC Consultant of the Year (2004)
  • America’s SBDC State Star (2005)
  • UGA SBDC Project of the Year Winner (2011)
  • UGA SBDC Best Continuing Education Winner (2014)
  • UGA SBDC Robert Dixon Professionalism Award (2022)

Leadership

  • Chair for America’s SBDC  Professional Development and Conference Committee
  • Kennesaw State University Economic Development Committee
  • Cobb County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
  • Cobb Competitive Edge Seed 2 Committee Member
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Andy Fried

  • Posted by Meredith Reeves
  • On July 3, 2019
Andy Fried Andy Fried has over 25 years of experience in the financial, retail and real estate sectors. He began his career as a CPA with Laventhol and Horwath in New York. In 1984, Mr. Fried became owner and President of a retail business with locations throughout the New York tri-state area. Andy sold his retail interests and moved to Atlanta where he became an owner, manager and agent of commercial real estate properties.    

Education

  • MBA (Accounting), University of Rochester
  • BA (Economics), Hobart & William Smith Colleges

Honors

  • UGA SBDC Consultant of the Year (2012)
  • UGA SBDC Flewellen Award for Consulting Excellence (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
  • QuickBooks Certified Pro Advisor
  • Wise n Shine Innovation of the Year Award (2016)
  • Georgia Mentor Protégé Connection Impact Award (2016)
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Carole Arnold

  • Posted by Meredith Reeves
  • On July 3, 2019
Carole Arnold Carole Arnold is the Program Coordinator for the UGA SBDC at Kennesaw State University. She previously worked as a marketing and logistics manager for the Center for Sustainable Journalism at Kennesaw State University, Youth Today and the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange and numerous conferences and events.   For the past years, Carole handled programming and production of SoCon, a well-known annual social media conference series held at Kennesaw State University that brings hundreds of professionals from around the Southeast. Previous to her position at the Center, Carole was the Operations Support Manager for an advertising and marketing agency that specialized in real estate development. She has developed a versatile skill set including marketing communications and project management.

Education

  • BA (International Studies), University of South Florida
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Daniel McCoy

  • Posted by Meredith Reeves
  • On July 3, 2019
Daniel McCoy joined the UGA SBDC at Kennesaw State University as a Business Consultant in 2017, after a 21-year banking career as a Commercial/SBA Lender and Financial Adviser. Daniel has also spent 10+ years in upper management in the retail industry. In 2014, he formed Business Services North, LLC, a consulting company that assisted with Small Business Loan packaging and filing back taxes.   He is a Certified Professional for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and A Member of the National Society of Leadership and Success. Mr. McCoy has been a contributing writer for Restaurant Informer Magazine. He has recently completed the Veteran At Work Certification process. Daniel also received a Flewellen Award for Consulting Excellence.  

Education

  • MBA (Accounting), Benedictine University
  • BS (Organizational Management), Covenant College
  • AA (Liberal Arts), Reinhardt University

Experience

  • Aquesta Bank (GGL Business Specialist)
  • FSG Bank (SBA/USDA Business Development Officer)
  • WoodForest Bank (Branch Manager)
  • Bank of America (Vice President Client Manager)
  • Edison Brothers (Regional Sales Manager)

Accomplishments

  • SBA Awards three years in a row while at Bank of America
  • Top 1% of Business Bankers while at Bank of America
  • Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) - Certified Professional
  • Member of National Society of Leadership and Success
  • Flewellen Award for Consulting Excellence 2019
  • Veterans at Work Certification

Leadership

  • Bartow Business Association (Co-Founder, Past President, and Past Treasurer)
  • State of Georgia Adult Education Program (Region 42 Advisory Board Member)
  • Bartow Collaborative/Family Connections (Past Board Member)
  • Bartow Leadership Program (Graduate)
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