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NC District Director Welcomes New Southeast Regional Administrator

District Director Michael P. Arriola is pleased to welcome the new Region IV (Southeast) Administrator of the SBA.

I am honored to announce that President Biden has appointed North Carolina native Allen Thomas as Regional Administrator for the Southeast Region of the SBA.

Allen is a talented leader ready to hit the ground running, leading our dedicated Southeast team to deliver the on-the-ground guidance and impactful services that will help our entrepreneurs survive, pivot to new opportunities, grow and thrive as we turn the page on this pandemic.

As Region IV Administrator, Allen will oversee SBA programs, offices, and operations in the SBA’s Southeast region, serving Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

Allen 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, Allen 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, Allen co-founded healthcare technology startup IQMax, which grew to service 160 medical facilities in 36 states, processing 18 million patient records per day. He was appointed Executive Director of the North Carolina Global TransPark by North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper to revitalize the state's global multimodal transportation and logistics hub, thus spearheading growth in advanced manufacturing jobs, innovation, and investment. Please join me in welcoming Allen to his new role with the SBA here in the Southeast. Mike Arriola, North Carolina District Director About the U.S. Small Business Administration The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit SBA North Carolina District Office 6302 Fairview Road, Suite 300 Charlotte, NC 28210 Phone: (704) 344-6563 Follow us @ SBA_NC

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