Our Staff


Susan Henson

Regional Director

As Regional Director for Mason Enterprise Center programs in Loudoun County Henson runs the MEC-Leesburg incubator and oversees the SBDC program in Loudoun, leading a team of high-performing professionals. She reaches broadly into the community to market MEC programs, to forge partnerships, to make connections to Mason and to engage with stakeholders and potential sponsors. […]

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Eric Byrd

SBDC Manager and Lead Business Advisor
MEC - Leesburg

As the manager of the Small Business Development Program in Loudoun Eric leads a team of experienced business advisors and educators to help small businesses thrive and grow. With 30 years of business experience he has worked with companies and organizations of every size and structure. Melding strong storytelling skills from his days as a […]

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Melissa Isaacs

Administrative Assistant

Melissa joined the MEC team in 2015. A Loudoun native, Melissa is the first point of contact for many of our incubator and Small Business Development Center clients. Her experience working in her mother’s Luckett’s, Virginia based business, The Hummingbird’s Nest, and her knowledge of small business helps her guide clients to exactly the right […]

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Barbara Ann Beisler

Business Advisor

Barbara Ann is a Business Coach with the Small Business Development Center in Leesburg.  Her passion for coaching is evident in her collaborative manner with clients, as she quickly builds rapport and fosters an open and productive relationship.  She effectively helps leaders adjust their approach and mindset. As a result, her clients achieve measurable results.  […]

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Cort Maddox

Business Advisor

Cort draws from an extensive professional experience in finance and management, where he spent 17 years of his career.  Using his knowledge gained working in the credit card industry, finance companies, as well as both large and small banks he specifically helps small businesses focus on their finances and funding strategies.  He has been a […]

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Jeff Tadie

Business Advisor

Jeff Tadie offers SBDC-Loudoun clients marketing, sales and business strategy guidance gleaned from over 25 years of experience in technology-oriented marketing and sales, primarily in business-to-business industries.  Jeff worked early on for a satellite television company that we now know as Dish Network, for the large telephone companies during their adoption of digital and internet […]

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