Calvin H. Elam is a native South Carolinian who began his career in the wealth management and insurance industries in 1992 after spending five years as a successful commercial and retail banker with Bank of America, (formerly Nations Bank). He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business in Columbia, SC, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and the American College in Bryn Mawr, PA where he earned a Master of Science degree in Financial Services (MSFS).
Calvin is a Registered Principal and holds FINRA securities registrations 7, 63 and 24 with LPL Financial. He is currently registered to provide investment services in SC, NY, NC, GA, TX, MD, MS and MA. In addition, he is licensed to market life insurance through the SC Department of Insurance and has achieved Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) designee status from the American College in Bryn Mawr, PA.
Calvin truly believes that community service is the "price you pay to live in a community" and leads by example. He currently serves on the Boards of Trustees of the following organizations-- Claflin University, University of South Carolina Foundation, Prisma Health System, SC Pension and Employee Benefits Authority (PEBA), United Way of the Midlands, Central Carolina Community Foundation. In 2019, he was recognized by the Columbia Urban League for Outstanding Community Leadership. In 2013, he was recognized in the US Black Engineers and Information Technology magazine as one of the Top Blacks in the Military and was named Distinguished Hospital Trustee of the Year by the SC Hospital Association. In 2012, he was awarded the Whitney M. Young Leadership Award by the Indian Water Council of the Boy Scouts of America and in 2011, he and his wife were recognized for outstanding community service by the SC March of Dimes.
Calvin is a retired Brigadier General with active duty and National Guard service totaling over 33.5 years and he holds the distinction of being the first African American Brigadier General in the history of the SC National Guard.
He is also author of the book, " Self Reliance- What Do You Mean You Didn't Know" which is available on Amazon.com
Calvin is a member Brookland Baptist Church in West Columbia, SC, where he serves on the Board of Trustees. He and his wife Mary have three grown children.