One Year Later

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By: Tom Schulte

It’s been 418 days since my initial phone interview with Alex Weiss and Tom Fletcher. 394 days since an Uber dropped me off at the wrong building (in the pouring rain) for my first Nap Team in-person interview. And exactly 365 days since officially & nervously beginning my time as a Financial Planning Assistant at US Wealth Management. To say that I have learned a lot in this past year with the Nap Team would be an egregious understatement. 

First, a little bit about me. I am the product of a torturous upbringing led by three sisters, an overbearing mother, and similarly tortured father. From makeup dummy to wagon-test dummy, I’ve experienced all forms of emotional and physical battery. Together, the six of us grew up in DeWitt, New York—an eastside suburb of Syracuse, along with a couple of misbehaved Wheaten Terriers. My days were spent playing sports, finding trouble with the neighborhood gang, and completing the bare-minimum reading requirements for our community library’s prize chest.

When it came time to graduate high school, I decided to continue my studies at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York—pursuing a degree in business administration and complementary minor in economics. Over summer breaks and some of my lighter semesters, I was fortunate enough to intern at multiple wealth management firms, focusing much of my attention on the styles in which my superiors interacted with clients. Prior to graduating in May of 2015, I accepted a business development position at an Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Private Company in downtown Boston. I was fulfilling a lifelong dream of living and working downtown, but after a while I began seeking more financial-oriented opportunities. I wanted a position that was flexible, fulfilling, and leveraged my previous experience. However, above all, I looked for a company and team that possessed top-notch leadership, which brings me back to 418 days ago and the initial phone interview with Alex and Fletch.

GE’s Jack Welch once said, ‘Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.’ John, Tom, Alex, and Jenn exemplify this sentiment on a daily basis, and if that is not reason enough to cherish a one year anniversary, then I’m not sure what is.