I graduated from Frostburg State University with a degree in Finance. In the early ’90s, finance majors were all shuttled toward jobs at banks or brokerage firms so we could sell products to our friends and family. I was never interested in that life.
I have the small business genes in my blood and come from a lineage of entrepreneurs. Because of that history, I made the decision to put my degree to work and become a financial planner. At the time, the concept of financial planning was laughed at by large brokerage firms because helping people was not their priority. After a long search, I found a small boutique investment firm–Potomac Fund Management–which allowed me to learn the ropes.
By the time I graduated college in 1991, I had worked at Potomac for only 18 months and subsequently landed my first (and funnily enough ONLY) full-time job. I have enjoyed being a part of a small business and collaborating with my co-workers.
I grew up in a flat landscape, hours away from the nearest mountain, but there was something about the mountain lifestyle that attracted me. Starting in college I spent much of my leisure time pursuing outdoor activities at higher elevations. This ultimately led to my interest in youth ski instruction and coaching, which is currently a big part of my life.
Even though I was born and raised in Maryland, my love for the mountains has moved me out west.