The J. Mack Robinson College of Business
Southeastern Board Member Since: April 2015
Cassius F. Butts is an accomplished business executive with over 25 years of private and public sector experience. He brings a unique skill set in having served in leadership roles with Bank America, Fleet Bank and two presidential administrations. He is the founding Managing Executive for CFB Advisors, LLC (CFBA) a boutique management-consulting firm located in Atlanta, GA (www.cfbadvisors.co). Originally initiated in 2005, CFBA now offers strategic management, access to capital and communication services. CFBA is also a strategic partner with The American Express Open Forum series.
In the spring of 2011, President Barack Obama appointed Cassius as Regional Administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). It was with SBA where he managed five record-breaking years for SBA lending within the eight southern states. Nearly $30 billion in SBA-backed loans were awarded to small businesses representing a 53% increase in lending during his tenure. Cassius previously served as a Presidential Management Fellow under the George W. Bush Administration within the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD). He successfully helped established HUD’s multimillion marketing procurement process.
After 15 years of federal service, Cassius accepted the prestigious role as Executive In Residence at The J. Mack Robinson College of Business with Georgia State University (GSU). As an Executive In Residence, he focuses on the university’s entrepreneurship and innovation initiatives. Additionally, he is responsible for the development of strategic alliances with key private sector organizations, non-profit organizations and philanthropic stakeholders. Cassius also serves as an equity partner and executive team member with Latimer Lighting, Inc., an advanced LED lighting technology and innovation firm based in Suwanee, Ga. He is also an equity partner of the natural energy beverage Last Shot®
Cassius is a graduate of Morehouse College and Clark Atlanta University’s Graduate School of Public Administration where he teaches a course in Entrepreneurship. He holds a Certificate in Grant Writing from Emory University’s Life Learning Institute and is a 2012 graduate of Leadership Atlanta. He remains civically active and enjoys volunteering by serving on Operation Hope’s Southeast Board, the National Black MBA Association, and Professional Sports Lives Magazine.