THE CORPORATE PROFESSIONAL
Calvin’s (pre television) corporate professional life was as a result of pure tenacity, resilience, and adaptability. His position as a registered NYSE Financial Exec. was birthed out of a cold call he made with no experience in the financial industry. Calvin’s ability to extract and ingurgitate knowledge from his environment, elevated him to executive status in each different industry he entered. After landing his first job as an investment broker with Smith Barney, he moved on as Vice President of investments at First Tennessee Bank (the first black person ever to hold that position), then, as regional Vice President at Allianz Global Investors.
When the financial market crashed Calvin redirected his focus to corporate consulting, where he used all of his expertise to inspire, motivate and activate others. Calvin has always had a love for the arts so when Duke Ellington School of the Arts (alma mater of Dave Chappelle and the likes) hired him as a consultant, and then requested to have him full time as Dean of Arts, he jumped at the opportunity to bring inspiration to the lives of high schoolers. Calvin’s public speaking and consulting business was a natural fit with the Dean of Arts position but in efforts of contributing even more to inquiring minds, he served as an adjunct professor at V.U.L and Washington U, in his spare time.
Calvin and his wife, Wendy will celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary on January 2, 2019
Calvin and Wendy run an organization called Marriage Ain’t For Punks and they do workshops and conferences
Calvin was awarded the innovation award in D.C. by the Y.M.C.A. for his M.O.N.E.Y. mentorship program
Calvin is constantly told by men of all different ethnicities that they respect & admire his ability to relate
Calvin was born in South Boston VA