Anthony Grant, CEO of Grant Business Strategies, Inc., will speak at SC State on Feb. 6

Friday, February 1, 2008



Anthony Grant, CEO of Grant Business Strategies, Inc., and former Bank of America executive, will be the featured speaker on Feb. 6. He will share with students a lecture entitled “Starting a Business – The Essentials.”

The weekly lectures, which are open to the public, are held each Wednesday at 12 p.m. in the fourth floor auditorium of Belcher Hall. For additional information, contact Dr. Ann S. Winstead at (803) 516-4864 or Debbie Morant (803) 536-7138.

The Executive Speaker Series is a partnership between participating companies and the business program. It supports the college’s mission to provide quality management education and leadership to produce competitive graduates for a global and diverse environment.

ANTHONY T. GRANT, CEO, formed Grant Business Strategies, Inc., (GBSI) in December 2001. Prior to forming GBSI, Grant worked 20 years for Bank of America.

As the business banking division executive for Bank of America for North and South Carolina, Grant was responsible for a $3 billion business banking portfolio and profit center.

Additionally, he was responsible for all government lending and community markets president activities in the two states. Grant served as national president of the bank’s multicultural banking group. In this role, he was responsible for managing middle market commercial, consumer, business banking, premier and private banking activities for high-valued clients nationally.

Grant has had numerous experiences in effectively balancing risks and business opportunities. For example, in 1997, Grant was chairman, Asset Quality Review for Bank of America (formerly NationsBank Corporation). Asset Quality Review conducted the Nationwide Portfolio Due Diligence for banking mergers. Grant’s team led the Portfolio Due Diligence for the Barnet Bank merger. In this capacity, Grant reported to the Asset Quality Review Committee of the Board of Directors for NationsBank Corporation. And, as chairman, Grant also served on the Corporate Risk Policy/Risk Management Committee and the Corporate High Level Industry Review/Allocation Committee, responsible for maintaining asset quality for NationsBank’s $350 billion portfolio.

In August of 1999 and 2000, Upscale Magazine listed Grant as one of the nation’s leading power brokers. The magazine also featured Grant in an article, “Striving to Secure Capital”, crediting him for the instrumental role he played in arranging a $40 million capital market transaction to complete a financing transaction to acquire six Black radio stations in Kentucky and Ohio.

In his current position as CEO of GBSI, Mr. Grant serves as the strategic and financial advisor to several national religious and other organizations. Among them are the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and sororities and fraternities, to include Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

A dedicated civic volunteer, Grant has served as chairman of the South Carolina State University Board of Trustees, the United Negro College Fund Campaign chairman in Charlotte, N.C. and a two-time chairman of the United Negro College Fund’s annual scholarship campaign in Columbia, S.C. He also served as executive member of the National Urban League Board of Trustees, and one of the founding members of the 100 Black Men in Columbia, S.C., to name a few.

A 1983 graduate of the SC State business school, Grant has received numerous awards. Among them are the SC State National Distinguished Alumnus Award, the Charlotte Post’s People of Prominence Award, the national Omega Psi Phi Fraternity’s Eagle Award, and the State of South Carolina, Order of the Palmetto.