David Tyrie, managing director and head of personal wealth and retirement for Bank of America Merrill Lynch, discusses his 26 years in the securities business.

I was born on the naval base in Norfolk, Va. When I was seven, my family moved to New Hampshire, about an hour north of Boston. My dad was with the naval special forces and then worked as the general manager of a manufacturing company. My mom still owns the private kindergarten she started 40 years ago. My mother's passion and empathy, and my father's belief in hard work, accountability, and being a team player, have threaded their way through my career.

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