I grew up in Jersey City, N.J. As the fifth of six children, I learned how to be a good arguer. So good, in fact, I thought I might become a lawyer. I received a B.A. in political science from Saint Peters College in 1990. But living in the shadow of New York, I was drawn to financial services instead.

While in college, I worked part time at Paine Webber. When I graduated the company offered me a back-office job in the insurance group. But, I wasn't very good at it, and I later moved into the marketing department. That first job taught me that if you don't know why you are doing something-ask.

Register or login for access to this item and much more

All On Wall Street content is archived after seven days.

Community members receive:
  • All recent and archived articles
  • Conference offers and updates
  • A full menu of enewsletter options
  • Web seminars, white papers, ebooks

Don't have an account? Register for Free Unlimited Access