Cole Fannin

Prior to joining the SBDC, Mr. Fannin worked in the areas of sales & marketing, as well as insurance.  During his tenure, he worked for Lorillard Tobacco Company, one of the big three tobacco companies in North America.  During his time there, he worked with small business owners in the C-store arena, assisting with marketing plans, point of sale placements, pricing strategies, as well as provided insight into current market trends and competitor analysis.  After spending over 4 years with Lorillard Tobacco Company, he transitioned into the steel industry where he further utilized his sales & marketing knowledge to penetrate additional markets in the Southeast, providing flat rolled carbon and stainless steel to major OEM’s, and other major metal fabricators.  During his time in the steel industry, Mr. Fannin worked with the VP of Sales to implement a new lead generation platform that increased efficiencies and effectiveness for new business development.  In addition, Mr. Fannin also gained experience in contract negotiations, inventory management, and forecasting.



  • B.S., Business Administration (Finance Concentration), Auburn University, 2008
  • M.B.A., Business Administration, University of West Georgia, 2015