CEO to Share Strategies on Building and Managing Wealth During Upcoming Executive Speaker Series

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

A tradition for more than 14 years, SC State’s Executive Speaker Series (ESS) exposes students to various aspects of the workplace, including viewpoints of leaders who are on the cutting edge of business, industry and government. This exposure has proven beneficial for a number of students, including senior accounting major, Russell Simon. “The speakers presented during this semester’s Executive Speaker Series have been phenomenal,” he says. “Each presenter has exhibited eagerness and a strong tenacity when engaging with students,” added Simon.

During the upcoming ESS presentation on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010 at noon in the Belcher Hall fourth floor auditorium, Calvin Elam, CEO of EFG/ProVest Wealth Management in Columbia, S.C., will speak on the topic: “Building and Managing Wealth.”

Simon says he is excited about hearing Elam’s insight into building wealth and hopes his peers will take advantage of the opportunity as well. “As college students, we all need to be informed about the tools needed to build our wealth. Upon graduation, we already have accumulated a lot of debt through student loans and it will be beneficial to learn exactly how Mr. Elam matriculated through college and how he built his wealth,” noted Simon.

In July 1992, after spending five years as a successful commercial and retail lender with Nations Bank, Elam founded the EFG/ProVest Wealth Management Group, a financial service and employee benefit consulting firm.

A registered financial advisor with Linsco and Private Ledger Financial (LPL), Elam is licensed to market insurance through the South Carolina Department of Insurance, and registered to provide investment services in South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Massachusetts, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina and Texas. He is also registered as a financial advisor with the National Football League.

Elam has successfully passed the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Examination Series 7, 63 and 24, and has achieved Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) designee status from the American College in Bryn Mawr, Pa. In addition, he has attained life membership in the life insurance industry’s prestigious Million Dollar Roundtable.

Elam is the immediate past chairman of the Palmetto Health System Board of Directors, former vice chairman of Palmetto Richland Memorial Board of Trustees, and current member of Palmetto Memorial Board of Trustees. Elam is also a member of the University of South Carolina`s (USC) Business Partnership Board of Advisors and the Claflin University Board of Trustees.

He has served, by special appointment, on the Boards of Directors of the Columbia Area Board of Mental Health, Central Midlands Council of Governments and the South Carolina Children’s Trust Fund. He is a past board member of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Greater Columbia, Incorporated, the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce, the Richland Community Healthcare Association and Columbia Association of Independent Financial Advisors. In 2000, he was selected by The State Newspaper as one of Columbia’s Future Business Leaders. In 1988, he was named an Outstanding Young Man in America.

Elam is a graduate of USC’s Darla Moore School of Business where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing. He is also a graduate of the Community College of the Air Force in Montgomery, Ala., where he received an Associate of Applied Sciences degree in business administration. He is also a graduate of the Air War College and currently serves in the South Carolina Air National Guard as commander of the 169th Mission Support Group, with 29 years of service, holding rank of Colonel.

Elam is a member of Brookland Baptist Church in West Columbia, S.C., where he serves on the Board of Trustees. He is married and has three children.

For additional information, contact Dr. Ann Shepard Winstead, Executive Speaker Series program director, at 803-516-4864.