Cassius Butts is the Regional Administrator for Region IV of the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA). He is responsible for delivery of SBA programs in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. He was appointed to this position by President Obama on April 25, 2011.
SBA helps develop thousands of small businesses each year by providing access to start-up and expansion capital, counseling, training, surety bonding, business and home disaster mitigation loans and government contracting opportunities. Region IV is consistently among the top three most active regions in the nation for SBA guaranteed lending programs. In 2010, over 160,000 small business loans were approved in the region.
Cassius Butts is a seasoned advocate for government and small business affairs. He has over 20 years experience in government, business, and public administration endeavors. Prior to joining SBA, Cassius was employed as one of three Chiefs of the Real Estate Owned Division with the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development where he began his career as a Presidential Management Fellow in 2002.
Prior to his 10 year tenure within the federal government, Cassius Butts worked in senior leadership positions for city government agencies, national lending institutions and higher education. Since 2006, he has also been a Visiting Professor with DeVry University’s Keller Graduate School of Management.
Cassius Butts is responsible for the co-implementation of the Georgia-Pacific Supplier Diversity Program while he worked as a Government Management Consultant. During that time, Georgia-Pacific installed a new client-vendor relationship program which welcomed new and seasoned small business owners. This process earned them Supplier Diversity Company of the Year according to the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council. Cassius later founded CB Consulting Group, LLC, which focused on helping small business entrepreneurs create their business dreams.
As co-founder of CB Consultants, LLC, Cassius Butts has advised many elected officials, local governments and many small businesses over the years. His community-engagement knowledge and appreciation of small business is extensive.
Cassius Butts is originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and spent several years in Orlando, Florida. Cassius graduated from Morehouse College and received his graduate degree from Clark Atlanta University’s School of Public Administration. He is also a graduate of the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Regional Leadership Institute.
Cassius Butts is affiliated with several non profit and leadership organizations. He has been honored by and supports several vital initiatives and has most recently been selected to participate in the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2012.