I grew up in Northwest Indiana in a municipality called East Chicago. I moved to Chicago after my high school graduation in 1975 to attend college and got a part-time job in the financial sector with a company called Chicago Mercantile Exchange; I dropped out of university, and the part job turned into a 46-year career. However, I did go back to university and attained my undergrad in Business Admin and an MBA. I retire this year in July. My partner and I have been together for 35 years and married in 2014. I love to travel, garden and cook.