Carl Dorvil grew up in Garland, Texas, the son of Haitian immigrants who instilled in their children the importance of education at an early age. With his parents’ influence, and having developed his own passion for education, in 2004 at the age of 21, out of his dorm Dorvil founded a tutoring/mentoring company, Group Excellence. He started the company out of his dorm room at SMU, driving tutors to schools and finding time in his busy school and work schedule to tutor at one of the four Dallas ISD schools Group Excellence served at the time.
In 2005, Dorvil graduated with a Triple Major in Public Policy, Economics, and Psychology, with Distinction. Then he decided to focus full-time on Group Excellence. The company had started with a $20,000 grant from Texas Instruments Foundation and in a few years, Carl grew the business to over $12 million in sales. At that time, Dorvil sold the company to a Dallas based investor group. 2 years later, he bought the company back for 10% of the original sales price.
Along the way, Carl received a number of awards and recognition for his work. In 2010, Carl Dorvil received the Minority Business Leader award from the Dallas Business Journal and Group Excellence was named to the Top 100 on SMU’s Dallas 100 Fastest-Growing Businesses list. In June of 2011, Dorvil was the youngest ever honoree listed on the Dallas Business Journal’s 40 Under Forty. In September of 2011, Group Excellence was named to the Inc. 500 list of fastest-growing companies in the United States. Dorvil currently serves as a board member for a number of organizations including Linking the World, the Dallas Angel Network, SMU Simmons Young Leaders in Education, and Reading Partners. In addition, Carl serves as a managing partner at Vicar Capital Advisors.
He is absolutely driven to live our his personal mission – give glory to Jesus Christ and add value to people.