Rande Kessler

State Director

An engineering graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, with a Master’s Degree in Personnel Management, Rande responsible for directing, managing, promoting, and evaluating LSBDC services to improve service delivery and impact.

Rande joined the LSBDC in 2012 as the Center Director for the LSBDC at LSU Shreveport. In July of 2013, he was appointed to State Director. Prior to joining the LSBDC, Rande had 30 years of management experience in both small and large corporate business environments. After serving in the Navy as a Diving and Salvage Special Operations Officer, he spent the next 20 years with Michelin Tire Corporation, evolving from a project engineer to a plant manager.

After Michelin, he led the start-up and operation of an erosion control and coastal property protection company called Advanced Coastal Technologies. This small company completed large project installations in the U.S. and abroad. Also for several years, Rande owned and managed Body Construction, an aerobics and general fitness facility.

His experience in engineering and operations management from both a small business and a large corporate view will provide insight for the for small businesses across Louisiana.



Bryan Greenwood, MBA

Associate State Director

Bryan Greenwood, associate state director of the Louisiana Small Business Development Center has worked with entrepreneurs and small business owners for more than 10 years. Greenwood primarily works in the areas of strategic and business planning, technology commercialization, business process analysis, and financial analysis and modeling.

Bryan also works with entrepreneurs in accessing capital by assisting them with the development of the information needed to obtain debt or equity capital financing and has assisted more than 200 entrepreneurs and small business owners statewide in a variety of industries and areas. In addition to providing business management consulting services, Greenwood has conducted training events in the areas of strategic planning, business planning, finance, marketing, and business operations. He has served on the LSU Stephenson Entrepreneur Institute faculty as an instructor, teaching MGMT 2000: Innovation and Creativity and MGMT 3111: Business Planning courses.

Greenwood earned both his MBA and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from LSU. Aside from his primary duties, he does an extensive amount of public speaking on behalf of the LSBDC Technology Center at LSU and the LBTC. Greenwood plays an active role in community endeavors, providing services and boosting awareness of what the LSBDC and LBTC can offer to entrepreneurs and prospective business incubator tenants. He recruits companies to participate in case‐projects, even arranging and managing training events and seminars that promote small business growth and foster the creation of new jobs.

Previously, Greenwood was a commercial loan officer with three financial institutions where he focused on small and medium size businesses providing loan and treasury service products. Greenwood is a certified FastTrac™ Facilitator by Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and is a member of the National Business Incubation Association (NBIA), the Association of Small Business Development Centers, Risk Management Association (RMA), and Louisiana Industrial Development Executives Association (LIDEA).

Greenwood performs community outreach and public speaking activities, lectures in business classes, recruits companies to take part in classroom case‐projects, organizes training events, and works with economic development groups to promote the startup, growth, and development of small businesses and the commercialization of new products, thereby creating jobs for Louisiana.



Justin Downs, MBA

Financial Manager

Justin Downs is the Financial Manager for the Louisiana Small Business Development Center. He earned his BS in Accounting from the University of Arkansas at Monticello in 2012 and his MBA from the University of Louisiana at Monroe in 2013.

Prior to joining the LSBDC in January 2014, Justin worked as a staff accountant at Luffey, Huffman, Ragsdale, & Soignier, CPA, intern-accountant at Intermountain Management, and Internal Auditor at the University of Louisiana at Monroe as a Graduate Assistant. 
 
Justin oversees all budgetary, contractual, and financial management matters of the program, providing training and guidance to center directors and financial personnel while maintaining responsibility of all grant activity, and involvement in policy issues and resource allocation. 
 
Justin was an active member of the Institute of Management Accountants, the Masters of Business Administration Association and the Student Government Association; he served as a member and senator.  Justin also lettered in football all four years at UAM and volunteered in the Special Olympics, Southeast Arkansas Division and Monticello Elementary School, promoting fitness and obese awareness.  All this experience has helped him have the balance needed in LSBDC’s Financial Manager position.


Rebecca Camp

Grants Accountant

Rebecca Camp is responsible for the operations of post-award grant administration and related accounting duties for the Louisiana SBDC. She has extensive experience in the field, including serving as a public accountant, with responsibilities spanning audit, tax, financial reporting and business management. 



Barry W. Parker, MBA

Project Director

Barry W. Parker is the Project Director for LSBDC Business Continuity program. He has over 25 years of diversified professional experience in areas of technology, risk, and operations management serving in roles ranging from a private consultant to small business to the National Business Continuity Manager for a multi-national banking firm.

Barry chairs the Disaster Interest Group for the Association of Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC) and has presented several times at the ASBDC national conference on topics related to small business emergency preparedness. Following Hurricane Katrina, he established the LSBDC emergency response call center in support of the statewide recovery efforts. He has developed training materials and instructional programs for the LSBDC related to emergency preparedness and response.

Barry completed his BBA in Data Processing from Northeast Louisiana University, his MBA from the University of Louisiana at Monroe, and is engaged in his doctoral studies at Louisiana Tech University.


Na'Tisha Natt

Director of Marketing & Communications

Na'Tisha Natt manages the statewide marketing and communications activities of the Louisiana Small Business Development Center. She is responsible for brand management, print production, media relations, and online marketing efforts. Additionally, she is a member of the national Association of Small Business Development Centers' Communications & Marketing Committee.

Prior to joining the LSBDC, Na'Tisha was the Marketing Analyst for OMNI BANK in Greater New Orleans, where she managed all digital marketing efforts including creative enhancements to company websites, digital signage, and customer relationship management and interactive voice management systems.

Na'Tisha, a native of Monroe, LA, holds a MA in mass communications and a BS in marketing from Southern University A&M College.


DeRon Talley

Communications Specialist

DeRon Talley is the Communications Specialist for the Louisiana Small Business Development Centers (LSBDC) State Office. He is a native of Folsom, La. and a 2012 Bachelor’s Degree recipient in the field of Mass Communications from the University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM).

Prior to joining the LSBDC in May of 2015, DeRon served concurrently as the Editor of two Ascension Parish newspapers, the Donaldsonville Chief and the Gonzales Weekly Citizen.

DeRon helps manage the statewide marketing and communications activities of the LSBDC, and maintains and monitors all digital components of the LSBDC such as social media platforms and websites, and also contribute media releases and other public-sought information.

DeRon is an active member of Rotary International.



Sherry Phelps

Grants & Budgets Coordinator, Office Manager & Training Coordinator

As Grants & Budgets Coordinator, Sherry Phelps assists in the preparation of proposals of grants from federal and state granting agencies, helps prepare contracts with affiliated universities hosting Small Business Development Centers, as well as with individuals and other entities, and prepares resource materials.  As Office Manager and Training Coordinator, she provides administrative, office management and customer service support to the LSBDC State Office.

 

Sherry has been with the LSBDC State Office since 2008.  She attended Louisiana Tech University and has sixteen years of experience in Banking and seven years of Recruiting/Human Resource Generalist experience.  

 



Roman Starns

Business Consultant

Roman Starns brings over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur and small business owner to the LBSDC as a Business Consultant. He has expertise in leadership and a vast knowledge of finance, financial planning, human resource management, marketing, strategic planning, accounting, business growth and development and seeks to provide quality advice and support to Louisiana business owners.

He was awarded an MBA from Louisiana State University's E.J. Ourso College of Business with a 4.0 GPA and Beta Gamma Sigma Honors. Roman also possesses a Bachelor's Degree from LSU where he proudly served as a Senior Co-Captain on the LSU Fighting Tiger Football team and is a permanent member of the LSU National “L Club” as a Varsity Football Letterman.



Scott Uffman

Ready Supplier/Economic Gardening Consultant

Scott Uffman brings over 25 years of sales and marketing experience to the LSBDC.  His expertise is helping businesses with growth & profitability challenges.  Scott enjoys helping clients develop and implement sales & marketing strategies to be competitive, enter new markets and develop new products.  He is fluent in several technologies such as CRM and Social Media and is a Miller Heiman Sales and Marketing Alumnus



Robbie Jester

Ready Supplier/Economic Gardening Consultant

Robbie Jester brings to the business community more than twenty years of finance, information technology and strategic management experience. As a business consultant for Louisiana Small Business Development Center he focuses on helping business owners develop a competitive business strategy and transforming there companies into high performance organizations. His clients are typically privately owned Louisiana based businesses with revenues from $650,000 to $50 million. His role is to provide businesses with the resources and guidance needed to put their companies on the fast track to increased growth and profitability. 

Presently, Robbie is part of a joint initiative between the SBDC Ready Supplier platform and the Louisiana Economic Development platform called Economic Gardening which focuses efforts on assisting 2nd Stage companies with developing effective sales and marketing strategies. The goal is to provide solid and effective market research to assist in sales growth and new business development. The strategy has been recognized nationally as the model for helping companies grow methodically and competitively.

In addition Robbie is also a part of the Ready Supplier platform provided by the Louisiana Small Business Development Center. Through this platform he helps companies become high performance organizations by assessing and identifying operational obstacles and challenges that keep them from the growth and profitability they are capable of reaching.

Robbie has had a very diverse career with a strong background working in the fields of information technology and finance. His undergraduate is in Computer Information Systems and he has an MBA from the University of Louisiana at Monroe.



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