Arthur F. Powell

BS ’66, Mathematics, Purdue University

"Because of an aptitude in math and science, I decided to pursue a degree in mathematics. The federal government also had placed heavy emphasis on science and engineering because the Soviet Union had launched Sputnik in 1957."

As a principal in the investment-banking firm of Grigsby Brandford Powell, Inc., Arthur F. Powell was responsible for its marketing efforts in the eastern half of the United States. He also served as president and founder of AGH Financial Corporation and has been associated with the Intel Corporation, the Data Processing Division of the IBM Corporation, and the Missile and Space Division of the General Electric Company. Currently, he is president and chief executive officer of Powell Capital Markets Inc., a firm he founded.

Powell also is involved in many civic and professional organizations such as the Autism Education Foundation of the Morris-Union Jointure Commission. He was the vice chair and founder of the New Jersey Development Authority for Small Business, Minorities, and Women’s Enterprises and a former member of the South Carolina State University Board of Visitors.


  • 2006: Received Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund Award of Excellence
  • 1987: Led the first-ever, sole-managed bond transaction underwritten by a 100 percent minority-owned investment bank
  • 1973: Named the national sales leader for IBM Corporation
  • 1966: Provided scientific programming on weather satellite program at Missile and Space Division of General Electric

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