Florida 8(a) Alliance Leadership & Board Members
Andrew E. Harold Jr.,
Founder, Board Chairman, Florida 8(a) Alliance
Mr. Harold is currently President/Managing Member of A. Harold and Associates, LLC—a technology, education, engineering, and training services firm. He co-founded the Florida 8(a) Alliance, Inc. in November 2011 in an effort to give back to the small business community. Key contributors to his success include the Small Business Administration (SBA), Jacksonville Small Business Development Center (SBDC), and the renowned business incubator Beaver Street Enterprise Center.
A. Harold and Associates, LLC has grown from a home-based office to a 36,000-square foot facility. In August of 2007, Mr. Harold obtained his SBA 8(a) certification, allowing the company to experience rapid growth in the federal market space. In 2009, the U.S. Small Business Administration chose Mr. Harold as the District, State (FL), and Region IV winner of their Entrepreneurial Success Award. In 2010, Inc. Magazine ranked AHA #182 out of the top 500 fastest-growing private companies in the United States, growing more than 1500% in three years. In 2011, Ernst & Young chose Mr. Harold and AHA as a Florida finalist for their Entrepreneur of the Year award.
More recently, the Jacksonville Business Journal chose AHA as their Minority-Owned Business of the Year for 2011 and Mr. Harold as a top Veteran of Influence for 2014. Most notably, Mr. Harold participated twice on panels of small business owners who met with the President of the United States to discuss economic concerns. In 2017, Mr. Harold was named North Florida District, State and Region IV 8(a) Graduate of the Year.
Mr. Harold graduated from Oberlin College Conservatory in 1990 with a Bachelor’s of Music degree in Piano Performance. Following graduation, he entered the U.S. Navy flight program and served as a naval aviator for 11 years of active duty and 9 years in the U.S. Navy Reserves. He recently completed 20 years of service and retired from the military as a Lieutenant Commander. Mr. Harold is Board Chair of the Florida 8(a) Alliance, a 501 (c)(3). He resides in Jacksonville Beach with his wife and four children.
Regional Director, Small Business Development Center at UNF
Corporate Supplier Diversity & Regulatory Compliance Leader, Lockheed Martin Corporation
CEO and Chairman, CFB Advisors
Cassius F. Butts is an advocate for entrepreneurial endeavors and spends his time and resources supporting organizations to help others succeed. The founder and CEO of Capital Fortitude Business Advisors, a boutique management-consulting firm located in Atlanta, GA with satellite relationships in Florida, Nevada, and Washington, DC, he is an accomplished executive. Cassius served in leadership roles with Bank of America, Fleet Bank and two presidential administrations. In 2018, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal appointed Cassius as chairman to the McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority (Fort Mac LRA).
Cassius is the former Regional Administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) appointed by President Barack Obama in 2011. During his tenure with SBA, he managed five record-breaking years for SBA lending within the eight southern states. He strategically managed to back over +$20 billion dollars to small businesses during his appointment. Previously, Cassius served as a Presidential Management Fellow under the George W. Bush Administration within the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD). He assisted in the establishment of HUD’s multimillion marketing procurement process and was named Branch Chief of the Real Estate Owned division during his tenure.
Cassius is a graduate of Morehouse College, Clark Atlanta University’s Graduate School of Public Administration and Emory University’s Life Learning Institute where he received a Certificate in Grant Writing. He enjoys volunteering his time with several organizations such as the World Affairs Council-Atlanta Chapter, the Morehouse College National Society of Leadership & Success where he serves as Chair, and the Morehouse College Mentoring program. He also serves on the board of directors of Operation HOPE, WellStar Health System Research and the Greater Women’s Business Council to name a few. As a seasoned advisor, Cassius was asked to testify regarding his support of the SunTrust/BB&T merger at the Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank in April 2019. He is also a graduate of Leadership Atlanta Class of 2012.