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SBA names Rickman new deputy district director of Syracuse district office

By Eric Reinhardt


SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has appointed Daniel Rickman as the deputy district director for the Syracuse district office.

Rickman succeeds Cathy Pokines, who retired back in January, Rachael Stanton, public affairs specialist with the SBA Syracuse district office, said in an email response to a BJNN inquiry. 

Daniel Rickman is now serving as the deputy district director of the Syracuse district office of the U.S. Small Business Administration, succeeding Cathy Pokines, who retired in January. (Photo provided by U.S. Small Business Administration)

Rickman most recently served as branch manager, supervising the district’s Albany and Elmira offices, the SBA said in a Monday news release. He joined the SBA and the Syracuse district in 2013 as an economic-development specialist.

As deputy district director, Rickman’s duties will include supervising district staff. He’ll also assist the district director, Bernard J. Paprocki, in overseeing SBA programs and services in the 34 counties that the Syracuse district office serves. Rickman will also continue to work with community leaders, lenders, and small-business stakeholders to “optimize the positive impacts and contributions that SBA’s programs make to the growth of small businesses and the economy in Upstate,” per the agency’s news release.

Prior to joining the SBA, Rickman served as president of The Payroll Guy, LLC in Lubbock, Texas, a company he founded in 2009, according to Rickman’s Linkedin profile.

Before launching his own business, Rickman previously worked as a business-sales consultant at Wells Fargo’s business-payroll services unit, also in Lubbock, Texas, according to his Linkedin profile.

He also volunteered as a mentor and trainer with that community’s SCORE chapter, the SBA said.

A Rochester-area native, Rickman enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2000 and served in combat operations during the Iraq War. He now resides in Cayuga County.


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