ACE Staff

Grace Fricks
President and CEO
Joshua Brackett
Chief Financial Officer
Linda Davis Jameson
Chief Operating/Credit Officer
Sandy Headley
Vice President/Commercial Loan Officer

Kevin McGee
Vice President, Business Development, Atlanta Region
Maria Peck
Metro Atlanta Loan Officer
Courtney Lynn
Small Business Underwriter
Eric Swilling
Commercial Underwriter

Karen Davis
Strategic Initiatives Director

Karen McLain

Guy Ramos
Client Counselor
Toni Wiley
Loan Operations Assistant

Candace Thomas
Executive Assistant to the President
Candace McClure
Administrative Assistant

Jeff Moody
Grant Writer
Isaiah Brown
Business Development Assistant
Randal LeDet
Small Business Specialist
Siqi Yuan, Atlanta Intern
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Andrew Thurston 
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Stella Kilpatrick
VISTA Worker

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Not your average Joe Six-Pack:

Gold City Growlers to sell high-end beer

Growlers, or large, reusable, specialty containers for "beer to go," have been quenching thirsts all over Atlanta, Athens, and other cities, but the trend had not found a vendor in the mountains until now. Gold City Growlers will hold a grand opening on Labor Day weekend at its headquarters in downtown Dahlonega, on 10 South Chestatee Street.

"Growlers are all the rage, and we saw an opportunity to bring them to this market in a way that grows our local economy," says Nicole Wimpy, who co-owns the business with Travis and Staci Johnson. "For our theme, we're sticking with the gold rush heritage of this area." Gold City Growlers will tap from 20 kegs and offer six- and 12-packs from a rotating selection of craft beers, most of them brewed in Georgia, such as the popular Terrapin from Athens and Hop Dang Diggity, made in Alpharetta. Customers can select a glass-and-ceramic growler to hold 32 or 64 ounces, which then will be sealed with plastic, to make the containers easy to transport. GCG will also sell private-label libations from local wineries - "Fool's Gold" white and "Prospector Red" - and snacks such as meats, cheeses, pretzels, nuts, and other "pub grub," along with unusual gift items.
This "beer cake" will be one of the unusual gift items for sale at Gold City Growlers.

"We won't be like a bar or restaurant," Wimpy said. "More like a high-end convenience store where you can pick up something for a party or special night on the town." 

The shop is located near Wimpy's other businesses, Jolie Day Spa and Dahlonega Marketplace, a venue for special events such as weddings and concerts. 
Wimpy has used three business loans from ACE to launch her enterprises. "ACE has been the key to our success in all of our ventures," she said."We had just paid off the loan for the day spa, so we thought, why not take out another to keep expanding our operations?"


Meet the Faces of ACE


ACE welcomes Linda Davis Jameson as 

Chief Operating/Credit Officer 


An executive known for her sharp business sense and generous heart, Jameson brings to ACE more than 20 years of banking and leadership experience with a broad background in strategic planning, underwriting, lending and training.


"ACE is the perfect blend for me," she said, "combining my desire to give back to the community with the financial skills developed over many years."


In a previous position as Chief Credit Officer and Executive Vice President, Jameson established and implemented goals and strategies for a community bank. She also has experience managing global commercial relationships in diversified industries, portfolio management, and marketing.


Jameson's involvement in the nonprofit sector includes consulting and advisory services, as well as active membership on the Board of Directors for the Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency (ACSS). In her current position at ACE, Jameson plays a key role in the overall management of the organization, with an emphasis on credit and portfolio risk.  She holds a BBA from Roanoke College and an MBA from Emory University. In her leisure time, she enjoys travel, photography, and beach music.


Welcome to team ACE, Linda!

ACE on the Move and in the News

As an attendee of the 2014 Clinton Global Initiative America, ACE Founder and CEO, Grace Fricks, was asked to write a blog post titled Creative Approaches to Capital Access on Main Street. Read the blog post here.



Karen Davis, ACE's Director of Strategic Initiatives, joined ProWIN Atlanta on Atlanta Business Radio to discuss the Women Investing in Successful Entrepreneurs (WISE) Initiative. To hear the interview, please click here



You are invited!

Business Continuity and Loss Prevention
for Small Business Workshop

A property loss related to fire, theft or severe weather... an injury to a customer or employee... a poor quality product that causes failure, damage or injury... these could impact your financial health and ability to stay open for business.

Join ACE and Travelers for an opportunity to receive:

* Educational training
* Consulting
* Microlending

August 20, 2014 (Wednesday)
5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. 
The Loudermilk Center
40 Courtland St. NE Atlanta, GA 30303

--Free admission
--Dinner will be served

The education session includes:
* A classroom workshop by Travelers insurance safety professionals on business continuity and loss prevention to help you reduce risks of operating a business

* An opportunity for acceptance to the Small Business Risk Education (SBRE) program, which includes a free, one-hour, one-on-one consultation on your safety risk management plan with a Travelers safety professional

* Eligibility for a ACE microloan, which is made possible through a Travelers grant*

Registration required. To register for the workshop, please contact Randal LeDet at

*The microloan is administered exclusively by ACE. Travelers is not involved in individual loan decisions. 
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"Back to Basics" 
Effective Strategies for Re-building, Managing and Accelerating Your Business


Do you already have a strong business but want new ideas?


Do you have an idea but want feedback?


Are you simply looking for approaches to increase sustainability and profit? 

If you answered yes, then this is the session for YOU! 

Join us on August 21 from 6:00-8:00 pm at NEX Atlanta located at 318 Cherokee Avenue SE, Suite 104. For registration please visit www.acebasics.eventbrite.comFor FREE Registration use code: ACEBasics


Session Host:

Mike Ames- The Biz Garage  

Michael Ames

Chief Architect and Founder

The Biz Garage 


For more information on ACE's Coaching and Conversations, please contact Isaiah Brown, Business Development Assistant at


ACE Partners with MicroMentor
ACE is proud to offer its clients personalized business advice on the MicroMentor platform. MicroMentor is a completely free, non-profit network that connects entrepreneurs with volunteer business mentors. MicroMentor has assisted more than 5,000 entrepreneurs in strengthening their businesses- with tangible profits and proven sustainability-- through mentorship. 
All of our clients now have access to a growing, global community of more than 5,200 business experts ready to lend some friendly, helpful advice. In addition, ACE Staff will provide dedicated support to clients in order to ensure success in finding and working with a volunteer business mentor. 
For more information, visit the ACE website here, or contact Isaiah Brown, Business Development Assistant, at

Opportunities for Women Entrepreneurs
ACE's program, Women Investing in Successful Entrepreneurs (WISE), provides business advisory services and access to capital for women to expand or start a business in the Metro Atlanta and North Georgia region. As  members of WISE, women will have the chance to participate in various events focused on finance, access to capital, and scaling up. ACE hopes you will take advantage of this opportunity and join WISE because our goal is your success. Look for these upcoming events: 
WISE Speed Coaching
Have you ever heard of Speed Dating? Speed Coaching requires the same set up with a different purpose. Participants will have the chance to consult with various successful women business executives to gain insight on suggested tactics to help improve their businesses. 
Date: November 5, 2014
Time: 5pm-7pm
Location: The Loudermilk Center
                 40 Courtland St. NE Atlanta, GA 30303

For more information regarding WISE and how to get involved, please contact Karen Davis at 
ACE Loans is an equal opportunity lender, provider and employer.