Instructors and Investing Experts


Trading Strategy Expert, Instructor

An investor, philanthropist, author and speaker, Arthur Toole, III is a servant by nature and a leader by circumstance. In his words, his purpose is to “empower people and help free them spiritually, mentally, financially and economically.”


Raised as the middle of three children in a single parent home, his desire to serve others was born from wanting to help his family and his community. His mother taught him to live unselfishly, despite his circumstances. It was that desire to help others that led him to join the U.S. Army. After eleven years of service and proven leadership in the Army, Arthur earned his MBA in Finance and went on to become a corporate leader as a VP at Citigroup and team leader in the Financial Advice and Solutions Group at USA. Though he was a success by corporate standards, Arthur still sensed that more could be done to help others. He realized that the system of building wealth was broken and unavailable to far too many people. So, he decided to focus on helping people become wealthy through helping them launch their dreams via entrepreneurship. He began by launching the Toole Group, Inc.


In addition, he continues his service to others through his Foundation, providing scholarships to high school seniors in under served communities. In addition, he teaches youth and young adults how to invest, trade, and become entrepreneurs. He is the author of Don’t Eat from the Fig Tree: How to Blacklist Yourself to Become Wealthy and co-author of No Thanks, I’ll Skip the Recession. His passion for serving others and his leadership experience has led him to become a highly sought after speaker and teacher who shares his knowledge to help others to create wealth, maintain wealth, and bequeath wealth.


Student Coordinator, Instructor

Tia Trotter is a MBA student at Clark Atlanta University. She received her B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Mississippi in 2013. Tia’s experience in trading began during her sophomore year and has developed throughout her college career. In addition to trading, Tia enjoys educating her peers and community about the importance of investing and saving. She will be joining a Fortune 500 company as a Senior Financial Analyst later this fall to begin her career in Finance.


CAU Faculty The faculty teaching in the BGT Summer intensive are academically qualified and currently teach in the CAU School of Business. These faculty have more than 40 years of experience in Entrepreneurship and Finance.


Enrichment Activities Coordinator, Instructor

Corie Wilson, is a native of Atlanta, Georgia and possesses a diverse background in education and counseling. She possesses a degree in Psychology with a focus on Cognitive Psychology and is currently pursuing a Masters in Educational Psychology.


Currently, Corie’s focus and energy I geared towards designing and building Eureka Saturdays. Eureka Saturdays is an organization committed to enriching and encouraging youth by offering unique and innovative educational opportunities. Through Eureka Saturdays, Corie has partnered with parents and educators to develop student’s knowledge of Language Arts, Math, and Science through a variety of enriching programs such as robotics, chess, problem-solving projects, creative writing, public speaking, Latin, communication, and leadership.


As a volunteer for Junior Achievement she has instructed courses focusing on leadership, public speaking, entrepreneurship, and money management in Atlanta public schools. Corie’s fundamental position on education is that every child is a genius. Children have an amazing capacity for learning, growth and development and Corie believes that educators and parents must work fiercely to help preserve the genius characteristics of children as they mature into adulthood.


Professor, Entrepreneurship

Dr. Edward L. Davis joined Clark Atlanta University’s School of Business Administration in 1980 as a professor in the Department of Decision Sciences. Prior to joining Clark Atlanta, Dr. Davis taught at North Carolina A&T State University, the University of Cincinnati, Morgan State College and the United States Army Air Defense School. He has been a visiting professor at North Carolina Central University and the University of Texas at El Paso. He has been the director of the Economic Development Center at Clark Atlanta University since 1983; In 1996 Davis became interim Dean of the School of Business and in January 1999 accepted the position of Business School Dean. Davis returned to the classroom in September 2004 to serve as Professor of Decision Sciences. In 2007 he again became the interim Dean of the Business School.


Dr. Davis is principal of E. Davis Enterprises. Among his clients have been the U.S. Department of Transportation, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Commerce, Peat Marwick, the Greater Atlanta Small Business Project, the United States Information Services and many state and local government agencies across the country. His international consultant experience includes Zimbabwe, Zambia, Togo, South Africa, Central Asia, Ukraine and Moscow. Other professional experience includes a senior associate at D.J. Miller & Associates and a systems engineer at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Dr. Davis has served on the boards of the Atlanta Business League, the Atlanta Neighborhood Fund, Kaufmann Entrepreneurial Education Advisory Board, Black MBA Magazine, AACSB Entrepreneur Affinity Group and several local advisory committees. Included among them are the Atlanta Renaissance Task Force and the Community Technology Initiative


Trading Strategy Expert

Rahim Bamba has a Bachelors of Science in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering from The Ohio State University and has completed a combined two years of graduate work at Georgia Institute of Technology, Emory University and Columbia University in The City of New York. Mr. Bamba has over six years of corporate work experience including a successful career in research and development/product development and experience in personal and business financial planning. In addition, Mr. Bamba has four years of experience in the investment portfolio management industry through which, together with Mr. Topalovic, he has helped build three profitable businesses: an investment management fund, a private equity investment firm and a wealth building development training program. Given his extensive engineering and research background, Mr. Bamba has an unmatched analytical skill set in theoretical and experiential quantitative modeling. This skill set coupled with nearly five years in the stock market has enabled Mr. Bamba to develop a unique investment portfolio management strategy based on the data gathered from years of trading activity of marketable securities. Mr. Bamba, age twenty-eight, is a West African native of the Ivory Coast and one of seven brothers. He currently resides in Atlanta, GA. Outside of the stock market, Mr. Bamba enjoys mentoring youth and entrepreneurs on the subject of leveraging social and economic resources to developing one’s craft or business. GVC Academy Topics with “Professor X” 1. How The Economy Works: life runs in cycles 2. Financial Markets & Current State of the Stock Market 3. Volatility vs. the Bull & the Bear: adapting to market conditions 4. Fundamental Analysis: buy growth and value; the golden formula 5. Technical Analysis: the only two

chart patterns to trade 6. Equity Options Strategy: how I turned $4,500 into $21,000 in 3 weeks 7. Money Management: the only way to beat the market is by surviving


CEO Lyons Den Capital

Patrick Lyons has over 20 years experience as an investment professional. Currently, President of Lyons Den Capital, Lyons earned a B.S. in Mathematics from Florida A&M University and an M.S. in Management (Finance Concentration) from North Carolina State University. He is author of Map Your Financial Future: Starting the Right Path in Your Teens and Twenties and Map Your Financial Freedom: Charting a Course Through Adulthood and Retirement. His investment and personal finance advice has been featured in the Wall Street Transcript, The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC). Black Enterprise magazine, and numerous radio and TV shows including Bloomberg Radio, the Bev Smith Show and Black Issues Forum. Lyons has also taught business finance at Wake Technical Community College and conducted workshops on personal finance for several schools and organizations. Mr. Lyons is a member of the Triangle East Chapter of The 100 Black Men of America where he serves as Treasurer. He is also Treasurer of the Board for the Durham Center for Senior Life. He is also a member of life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.


Assistant Professor, Finance

Professor Young joined the School of Business at Clark Atlanta University in the fall of 2007 after spending 15 years on the finance staff of Coca-Cola Enterprises. He earned his doctorate in finance from Nova Southeastern University in 2003. Professor Young has taught a variety of finance courses.

Dr. Young has a wide range of business experiences in corporate America, with over 20 years of financial management experience in the soft drink and textbook industries. He is a member of several professional organizations, including the Financial Management Association International, Association for Financial Professions, and the American Finance Association. In addition, he is very active in my community serving on executive boards and as a foot soldier. Dr. Young volunteers time to work with young people in the community.

YWT is a charitable organization dedicated to tackling the Income Inequality issue most prevalent in urban cities by increasing the number of underrepresented youth in the investing and trading field.

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