Donald E. Conrad didn't plan on having a career in finance. As an aspiring percussionist, Conrad found himself working as a salesman for Benjamin Moore & Co.

"It was a good job, too," he told StreetID. "I had an expense account, a company car, a decent salary. I was at the high end of my peer group. But I was not happy because I felt that my salary was not commensurate with my work ethic. In other words, the harder I worked, I just couldn't get any further because of the nature of the position."

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