Eleven years ago, Peter Danilaitis worked at Home Depot. Today, he's a Top 10 branch manager. How did the Minnesota-based Wells Fargo complex manager make the leap from big-box retailing to vice president-level financial advising?

A former entrepreneur who built a home-improvement company in northwest Indiana before becoming a sales manager at Home Depot, Danilaitis wanted to run a business again while having the support that comes with a corporate environment. "That led me to Edward Jones, where I built an advisory practice from scratch, and to Ameriprise, where I became a producing branch manager," he says. "Along the way, I discovered that my real passion was for leadership."

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