White House Appoints SBA Southeast Regional Administrator

SBA Southeast Regional Update 


December 2021

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The White House Appoints Allen M. Thomas as SBA Region IV Administrator

Allen Thomas

Allen Thomas of Greenville, North Carolina has been sworn in as Region IV (4) Administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration. He has oversight of the federal Agency for nine district offices located across eight states; Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. The SBA Southeast Region guaranteed over $8 billion in small business loans in fiscal year 2021, counseled over 400,000 entrepreneurs, and awarded nearly $18 billion in federal contracts to small business to help drive their success.

“I am tremendously honored to serve the Biden-Harris Administration, under Administrator Guzman’s leadership, as the Regional Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration,” says Regional Administrator Allen Thomas.  “Small businesses have faced unimaginable challenges over these past few years, and I am committed to continue to help bring recovery relief and growth tools to the entrepreneurs located across all of the Southeastern United States so they can continue on the path of a successful entrepreneurial journey.”

Regional Administrator Thomas is a former three-term mayor, businessman, entrepreneur, and leader in public and private enterprise. As mayor of Greenville, one of North Carolina's largest cities, Mr. Thomas led the post-recession recovery, rapid expansion, and robust economic growth, better connecting the city and region. He was recognized by the White House during the Obama-Biden Administration for community engagement in law enforcement and public safety.

A serial entrepreneur, Mr. Thomas co-founded healthcare technology startup IQMax, which grew to service 160 medical facilities in 36 states, processing 18 million patient records per day. Mr. Thomas was appointed Executive Director of North Carolina Global TransPark by the Governor of North Carolina Roy Cooper, to revitalize the state's global multimodal transportation and logistics hub, spearheading growth in advanced manufacturing jobs, innovation, and investment.

Please help us welcome SBA Regional Administrator Allen Thomas to the SBA team!

Pictured below, the SBA Southeast Region leadership welcomed Regional Administrator Allen Thomas on board with a virtual meet and greet.

Region 4 directors and regional administrator Allen Thomas

SBA Disaster Loans

A Message from Regional Administrator Allen Thomas Regarding the Recent Storms & Tornadoes Across the Southeast:

Regional Administrator Thomas along with the SBA Disaster Team is monitoring and assessing the damage caused by the recent tornadoes and storms that devastated areas of Kentucky, Mississippi, and Tennessee. 

"We are preparing and we are ready, up and above our normal duties, for on the ground response and recovery with those affected in these areas," says Allen Thomas, SBA Regional Administrator. "We send prayers for all families and businesses impacted and for the first responders.

Please continue to monitor www.sba.gov/disaster, @SBASoutheast on Twitter or contact your nearest SBA District Office for SBA assistance becoming available for relief and recovery from this major devastation."

Happy Holidays from the SBA Southeast Regional Team! Please be sure to #ShopSmall this holiday season!!

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Local SBA office email addresses are listed below- please reach out to your local SBA office with any assistance you may need!

Tom Todt

Alabama District Office

Thomas (Tom) Todt, District Director



Malcolm Richards

North Florida District Office

Jon Malcolm Richards, District Director




Gregory Hall

South Florida District Office

Gregory Hall, Acting District Director



Terri Denison

Georgia District Office

Terri L. Denison, District Director



Robert Coffey

Kentucky District Office

Robert Coffey, District Director



Janita Stewart

Mississippi District Office

Janita Stewart, District Director



Michael Arriola

North Carolina District Office

Michael Arriola, District Director



Richard White

South Carolina District Office

Richard "Gregg" White, District Director



LaTanya Channel

Tennessee District Office

LaTanya Channel, District Director