The Reason I got into this profession
I’ve always considered myself a numbers guy. And that’s why the first job I took was as a day trader. I sat behind a barricade of screens, hammered away at the keyboard, and made money – most of the time. My focus was on my performance: being smart enough, being quick enough, and most importantly being ‘right’ enough. At the time being able to distill the world down to a couple of boxes and charts was a wonderful thing. Performance demanded neutrality, so I needed to be neutral. This was most evident in 2008; the volatility was a godsend for traders nimble enough to navigate it, and it was common to end the day celebrating. It didn’t cross my mind that there were families losing homes, losing retirement savings; all I saw were numbers.
I went through what I imagine many people do. An existential crises of sorts, punctuated by the overwhelming desire to do ‘good’. At the time I didn’t know what that meant, and still don’t – but it wasn’t going to be found day trading. I wanted to work with a company I believed was making a positive impact in the community. After some time off I looked for support roles in various industries – tech, government, and banking. None of them seemed to fit. It was at this time I discovered my parents were in the process of losing their home. Through the lawyers, paperwork, and hearings I became more determined to define my ‘good’. I believe the situation would have been different had my parents been able to turn to someone with the right knowledge. Could I be a financial planner? The introvert in me screamed a resounding no. But I was certain there was a place for me to have an impact. I was right – I joined the Abacus team in 2014. I’m encouraged to better serve the community every day, to better myself as a human being; and I still get to be a numbers guy.
One thing I’m doing to help the planet
LED lights everywhere! Or no lights at all.
Outside of work, my passions include
Having a genuine conversation with someone, listening to their story regardless of what chapter they’re on. Especially if that chapter is about food.
One goal I’m saving for
A new car. I have a long commute and a car aged 12 years; I’m hoping for a couple more years.
The primary way I’m advancing my career knowledge
By osmosis – I sit in the middle of our open floor and wait for sweet, sweet knowledge to permeate through the air and into my brain. Is that how it works?