GAZELLE MAGAZINE Vol. 2, Issue 3 | Page 89

COMMUNITY & CULTURE 20 PEOPLE TO KNOW MARVIN MITCHELL President and Ceo Compass Retirement Solutions To say that 30-year-old business owner Marvin Mitchell beat the odds would be an understatement. Marvin grew up in north Saint Louis as an inner city youth. He was determined to make something of himself, graduating high school at 17, and college at 21. Marvin shares his story with Gazelle. “I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth. My mom became pregnant with me at the age of 15. By the time she was 21 she was raising three kids alone. We became homeless for a short while when I was 8. Through her, I learned strength and determination. Somehow she worked three jobs and always managed to keep food in our mouths.” Marvin became the first person in his family to graduate college. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and moved to Dallas to attend law school. “Then my grandmother became ill. She was diagnosed with cancer, and I had a choice to stay in law school or come back and enjoy time with an important woman in my life. I moved back to St. Louis. My grandmother’s savings was wiped out. I said to myself, ‘What can I do to break this generational curse and make a difference?’ I prayed and soul searched, and realized I hated law. An Edward Jones commercial came on TV, and that’s where I decided to begin my journey as a financial advisor. I studied finance diligently - read every book, attended educational seminars, talked to millionaires, and learned about financial empowerment. I started my own business to help people in ways I could not while with Edward Jones. My company, Compass Retirement Solutions, seeks to help baby boomers and retirees simplify their retirement plans. The memory of my grandmother drives me every day; being a generational curse breaker and helping people to protect and secure their assets.” In addition to being president and CEO of Compass Retirement Solutions, Marvin is a speaker, coach and trainer certified by the John Maxwell Company. He served on the board of United 4 Children, and is vice president of leadership development for Urban League Y oung Professionals of St. Louis. He enjoys traveling, softball and involvement in his church. SAVVY I SOPHISTICATED I SASSY