Michael Myhre, Board Chairman
State Director, Florida SBDC Network
Michael Myhre is the CEO and State Director of the Florida SBDC Network, located at the University of West Florida in Pensacola. Prior to this position, Michael was State Director for the Office of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development, responsible for entrpreneurial and small business policy development and support services. Throughout his career, he has held various positions in the field of small business assistance, development and education. In all that he does, Michael operates from his most basic core value, success through integrity. This value was formed as he matriculated at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. Michael is also a certified public accountant (inactive/unlicensed).
Contact Information: Michael Myhre, State Director, Florida SBDC Network, University of West Florida, 11000 University Parkway, Bldg. 38, Pensacola, FL 32514; Phone: 850-898-3480; E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Website: www.floridasbdc.org
Michele Abraham, Board Vice Chair
State Director, South Carolina SBDC
Michele Abraham has served as State Director of the university-hosted South Carolina SBDC since January, 2010, and she served as State Director of the state-hosted Ohio SBDC from 2006 to 2009. Her career has spanned work in both the private and public sectors, including positions in marketing, business development, sales management, strategic planning/management, product management and general management for small, medium and large companies. She also owned and operated two successful businesses for over 15 years. Her experience traverses many industries, ranging from consumer products to aerospace/aircraft and defense.
Michele serves on the America’s SBDC Marketing & Communications Committee. She also oversees the SC PTAC program that is hosted by the SBDC in South Carolina. Since joining the SC SBDC, Michele has led the organization through a successful re-accreditation with no conditions. She works extensively with partners and stakeholders, including helping to create and participating on the SC Department of Commerce small business council, and supporting key initiatives for the Governor. Michele received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications with minors in Journalism and Public Relations from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. She also has earned numerous business and technical certifications in management, strategic planning, balance scorecards, marketing, TQM and advanced materials technology.
Contact Information: Michele Abraham; State Director, South Carolina SBDC, USC, Moore School of Business, 1705 College Street, Columbia, SC 29208; Phone: 803-777-3130; Fax: 803-777-6876; Email: email@example.com; Website: www.scsbdc.com
Linda Rossi, Board Secretary
State Director, Vermont SBDC
Linda Rossi is the State Director of the Vermont Small Business Development Center. She joined the program in 2005 and was a business advisor, Assistant Director and Associate State Director prior to becoming State Director in 2013. She is Chair of the New England region’s professional development program, including Core Competency onboarding for new advisors, and has been a member of the America’s SBDC Marketing and Communications Committee.
Prior to joining the SBDC, Linda spent 20 years in the private sector as a national project manager for IBM, business manager for four start-ups and growing small businesses, as well as an adjunct faculty member in higher education and the treasurer and founding board member of a non-profit organization. In addition to a degree in business management, marketing and psychology, she holds several certifications in leadership, project management, entrepreneurship education and workforce development; and she received recognition for her efforts in disaster recovery with the SBA Phoenix Award.
Contact Information: Linda Rossi, State Director, Vermont SBDC, Vermont Technical College, P.O. Box 188, 1 Main Street, Randolph Center, VT 05061-0188; Phone: 802-728-9101; Fax: 802-728-3026; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Website: www.vtsbdc.org
Lisa Shimkat, Treasurer
State Director, America’s SBDC Iowa
Lisa Shimkat is the State Director of America’s SBDC Iowa. Lisa has adapted to the changes within the business environment to create a strong resource and learning center with the SBDC, which is more beneficial for entrepreneurs and creates a stronger ecosystem for small businesses within the state.
Lisa served on the Security and Exchange Commission’s National Advisory Committee for Small and Emerging Business, representing rural and small business interests. She has 12 years of experience within the SBDC network. Prior to joining the SBDC, her experience encompasses plant management in a privately held agricultural rebuilder, as well as experience running national accounts for a warehouse and logistics company. Lisa received an MBA from Iowa State University. She also holds several other certifications, including Certified Business Advisor and Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) certifications through the National Development Council.
Contact Information: Lisa Shimkat, State Director, America’s SBDC – Iowa, Iowa State University, College of Business, 1805 Collaboration Place, Suite 1332, Ames, IA 50010; Phone: 515-294-2037; Fax: 515-294-6522; Email: email@example.com; Website: www.iowasbdc.org
Charles “Tee” Rowe, President & CEO
C. E. “Tee” Rowe is the President and CEO of America’s SBDC. He joined the Association in August of 2009. A graduate of Dartmouth College (AB, Russian Language/Literature, 1983) and the Tulane University School of Law (JD, 1989), Mr. Rowe has a long history of legislative and advocacy experience on behalf of the small business community. Prior to joining America’s SBDC. he served as Associate Administrator for Congressional and Legislative Affairs for the US Small Business Administration from 2005 to 2009. Before that, he served as Assistant Administrator for Congressional Affairs and was the Assistant General Counsel for Legislation and Regulation at SBA from 2001 to 2005.
Tee also worked for ten years (1991-2001) in the US Congress as the Counsel to the Committee on Small Business in the US House of Representatives. In that role, he was responsible for drafting most of the major small business legislation passed by the US Congress. He resides in Great Falls, VA with his wife Laurie and his daughter, Alex.
Contact Information: Edward Rowe III, President and CEO, America’s SBDC, 8990 Burke Lake Road, 2nd Floor, Burke, VA 22015; Phone: 703-764-9850; Fax: 703-764-1234; E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Website: www.americassbdc.org
State Director, Georgia SBDC Network
Allan Adams has served with the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center network in several capacities. These include roles with the Minority Business Division, the International Trade Division and the Rural Economic Development Program, as well as serving as Associate State Director.
Additional experience includes positions as an Associate Director at the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, and as a staff member in both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives. He is also a member of the Georgia Economic Developers Association.
Contact Information: Allan Adams, State Director, Georgia SBDC Network, University of Georgia, 1180 East Broad Street, Athens, GA 30602-5412; Phone: 706-542-6762; Fax: 706-542-7935; Email: email@example.com; Website: www.georgiasbdc.org
State Director, Alabama SBDC Network
Bill has been the Executive State Director of the Alabama SBDC Network, University of Alabama, since 2011. He has extensive experience as a commerical banking relationship manager and team lead for small business and middle market clients; government guaranteed lending; trade finance; more than 30 years of banking experience. He retired in 2010 from a senior management trade sales positiion with J. P. Morgan Chase (New Orleans).
He has held numerous board and officer positions with trade associations and civic non-profits including the Alabama World Trade Association (President); the Bankers Association on Foreign Trade (Chair, Small Business Committee); the Louisiana District Export Council (Vice Chair & Treasurer); the Alabama District Export Council (Chair); the National District Export Council (Sttering Committee Member); the World Trade Center of New Orleans (Director); the Louisiana Association of Business & Industry (Director); the Alabama Bankers Association (Chair, Int’l Banking Committee), the North Cross United Methodist Church (Chair, Board of Trustees), the College of Business – Loyola University in New Orleans (Advisory Board Member); and the LSU Graduate School of Banking (Adjunct Professor).
Contact Information: Bill Cummins, State Director, Alabama SBDC Network, The University of Alabama, Box 870396, 621 Greensboro Avenue, Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35401; Phone: 205-348-1582; Fax 205-348-6974; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Website: www.asbdc.org
Associate State Director, Michigan SBDC
Jennifer Deamud is the Chief Operating Officer and the Associate State Director of the Michigan Small Business Development Center. She is a results-oriented leader with over twenty years of’ experience encompassing strategic communications, team building, strategic planning and program implementation. Under her vision to build an organizational culture committed to transforming businesses and communities, she has led the Michigan SBDC network through effective strategic planning and implementation, and through the 2016 accreditation process with positive outcomes. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Advertising and Public Relations, a master’s degree in Public Administration and a second master’s degree in Communications from Grand Valley State University (GSVU). She has completed several leadership programs including GVSU’s Leadership program and Rising Women Leaders program through the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce.
Jennifer participates on a number of national, state and community boards, including the America’s SBDC Board, America’s SBDC Accreditation Committee, Michigan Main Street Council, Grand Rapids Chamber’s ATHENA Council, Woman’s Resource Center Board, and Vice President of the Byron Days Festival Board. She also spends time as a Girl Scout troop leader and mentor to women exiting jail through the New Beginnings program at the Women’s Resource Center. She has received recognition for her leadership and community involvement throughout her career, including being selected as one of the 50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan; the YWCA Tribute Award for Community Service; the Grand Rapids Business Journal’s “40 Under Forty” award; the LeAnne Moss Service award from the Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women; and the National Association of Small Business Development Center’s Michigan State Star Award.
Contact Information: Jennifer Deamud, Associate State Director, Michigan SBDC, 1034 L. William Seidman Center, 50 Front Avenue SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504; Phone: 616-331-7482; Email: email@example.com; Website: sbdcmichigan.org
State Director, North Texas SBDC
Mark Langford has been with the North Texas SBDC program for over 20 years, serving in various capacities including senior business advisor, center director, and North Texas SBDC Executive Director since 2011, and Associate State Director six years prior to that. In 2011, newly appointed to the highest leadership position in the North Texas SBDC, Mark led the network through restructuring and reorganization efforts to increase staff and program performance and accountability. In addition to serving as a Board member of America’s SBDC, he has served on the Accreditation Committee since 2010, and he served on the Operations Committee.
Before joining the SBDC program, Mark was an auditor for Ernst & Young. He also owned and operated his own small business for over 10 years. Mark earned a Bachelor of Business degree in Accounting from Texas Tech University and his Masters in Organization and Strategy from the University of Texas at Dallas.
Contact Information: Mark Langford, Regional Director, North Texas SBDC, Bill J. Priest Campus of El Centro College, 1402 Corinth Street, Suite 2111, Dallas, Texas 75215; Phone: 214-860-5832; Fax: 214-860-5813; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Website: www.ntsbdc.org
State Director, Kansas SBDC
Greg Panichello is the State Director for the Kansas SBDC. He brings to the SBDC specialty expertise in data management, process improvement and strategic planning. He stays up-to-date on the latest technology to hit the open market. To some, he’s a real “data nerd.”
Greg has eleven years of experience administering statewide SBDC programs, including seven years in Utah and four years in Kansas. Prior to being the Utah SBDC State Director, he spent five years as the regional center director at the Seaside, Oregon SBDC regional office. His previous professional experience includes two years as an independent consultant, seven years as the owner/operator of a northern California wholesale food distribution company, and fourteen years in banking, culminating as the CFO of Glendale Federal Bank Retail Banking in Los Angeles, California. Greg has an MBA from Marylhurst University and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration from Portland State University.
Contact Information: Greg Panichello, State Director, Kansas SBDC, 214 S.W. 6th Street, Suite 301, Topeka, KS 66603-3719; Phone: 785-296-6519; Fax: 785-357-5210; Email: Panichello@ksbdc.net; Website: www.kansassbdc.net