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New York Stock Exchange Endorses Students From Executive Preparatory Academy Of Finance
By Sentinel News Service
Published May 12, 2014

Executive Preparatory Academy of Finance makes history with New York Stock Exchange. 

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Executive Preparatory Academy of Finance will held its first “Shark Tank” style competition allowing students to pitch their start-up business concept. 

Executive Preparatory Academy of Finance (EPA) is open and teaching its urban city students to handle finances well into their adult lives.  It is through hard work and determination that founder, Omar McGee, and his hand-picked staff are giving students tools geared to help them develop skills generally over looked by all young students across the country.

On May 6th, 2014, EPA will held its first “Shark Tank” style competition allowing students to pitch their start-up business concept.  This competition encouraged students to begin thinking now about starting and running successful companies.

Local entrepreneurs judged and selected winners who received $500 from the New York Stock Exchange to form their own LLC’s.  In addition, winners had video of their pitch uploaded to the NYSE website in hopes of attracting investors from all over the world.  School staff will help winners form their own LLC, set up bank accounts and manage daily business operations.

EPA makes history with New York Stock Exchange.  Until now, this concept has never been done.  The school partnered with Operation Hope who had an agreement with the NYSE.

Noted celebrities, professional athletes, actors, comedians and high-profile politicians have endorsed Mr. McGee in his quest to achieve a 100% graduation rate while encouraging all students to pursue college degrees in meaningful fields.

McGee shares his story which explains his passion for helping young people succeed and why he relates to the inner city youth. 

“I was one of those kids,” said McGee. “I come from the city of Flint, Michigan. [I] had a rough upbringing, lost my mom at an early age, lived on the street, taught myself how to read and eventually went on to Howard University.

“My goal [with EPA] is to close the financial and literacy gap in the minority communities and definitely give our community a different passion [and] direction.”

EPA is on a mission to close the literacy gap.  Their staff realizes how important it is to have the conversations about finance that many inner city parents avoid.  In addition to teaching principles every student should know, the academy teaches students how to avoid credit mishaps like overspending and falling victim to credit card debt.

With public endorsements from people like former United States president, Bill Clinton, actors Lou Gossett Jr. and Robert Townsend, it is no surprise that dozens of celebrities, professional athletes and politicians have partnered with McGee.

EPA invites the community to attend and learn more about student enrollment. For more information about the school or to make a donation, please visit  You can follow them on Twitter @ExecPrep and Executive Preparatory Academy is located at 2506 W. Imperial Hwy in Hawthorne, CA.    

Brian W. Carter contributed to this article.     

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