I grew up in Arlington Heights, Illinois, a Chicago suburb, and attended the same high school as my mom and dad. As a kid, I was small for my age, so the goal I scored in a junior high hockey game still stands out.

After starting college at the University of Minnesota, I transferred to the University of Illinois and graduated in 1979. Minnesota had an excellent economics and math program, but I wanted to broaden my studies. I was offered a tuition fellowship and a teaching assistantship at the University of Miami to pursue an MBA. I learned about the securities industry and knew it was the field for me. I love current events and have an affinity for math, and I'm sociable. This business changes every day, there are a lot of analytics, and it's all about relationships. It was a perfect match.

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