I'm a native of the Philadelphia area. My father owned a Burger King in the late 1960s, and when I was 7, he put me in charge of the burgers entering the broiler. I had to stand on a milk crate because I wasn't tall enough to reach the conveyer belt.

I was a teenager in the 1970s when the Philadelphia Flyers won two Stanley Cups. Street hockey was big, and I spent a lot of time playing. As a youth, I was introduced to securities when I overheard my father on a cold call from a broker. My dad explained a little about investing and securities, which intrigued me. Then, at Susquehanna University I participated in the typical stock market game.

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