Venu Krishnamurthy, managing director and president of Citigold Wealth Management, discusses his seven years in the securities business.

I was born in India, into a family of engineers, and conversations at home were more about transistors and transformers than stocks and bonds. My entry into financial services was somewhat accidental. My father worked for the national radio network in India, followed by the television broadcasting corporation, and it was understood that I would do something in engineering as well. I attended the National Institute of Technology in India for a degree in electronics. After graduation, I got a job with IBM in India as a customer service engineer.

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