Francisco A. Marrero was appointed district director of the U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) South Florida District Office on February 12, 2001. As district director, Mr. Marrero oversees the delivery of agency programs such as financial assistance, management counseling and business development throughout the South Florida area which encompasses the 24 counties Southeast and Southwest of Orlando.
Mr. Marrero directs the activities of several permanent SBA employees and manages the implementation of SBA’s program and services for the South Florida District office which serves more than 1.2 million small businesses in the region. Additionally, Mr. Marrero has oversight responsibilities for SBA Resource Partners located in the district: 14 SCORE Chapters – Counselors to America’s Small Business; four Women’s Business Centers; and the Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) network, with more than 40 locations across the State of Florida.
Prior to his appointment in the South Florida District Office, Mr. Marrero also served as the district director in the New Jersey District Office, and deputy district director in the New York City District Office. He has held key management positions in the SBA's headquarters in Washington D.C., the New York Regional Office, New York District Office and the Puerto Rico/Virgin Islands District Office.
Marrero’s leadership and accomplishments as a federal manager have been recognized by two Presidential Rank Awards (2004, 2002); Distinguished Civilian Service Award (2004) and Meritorious Civilian Service Award (2002).
Mr. Marrero holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration from Inter American University in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico. He is also a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, Va., and the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, N.C.
Mr. Marrero is married and has four children.