Loving what you do sometimes pays off

"I'm not lighting cigars with $100 bills, but I'm happy with my progress," says Anthony Askew '85, who founded the Albany, N.Y., based James Anthony Askew Capital Management in 1996.

Askew, who has a B.S. in business administration from RIT, has been interested in the stock market since high school, and operated an ice cream vending business during his years at RIT. He spent a decade working for one of the top brokerage firms before starting his firm "with a laptop, an orange crate and an old oak desk." Today, he has three employees and a growing client base.

He jokes that he "works half days — just 12 hours." And sometimes he's in his office round the clock. But Askew loves what he's doing. As an employee of a big firm, he hustled to bring in new customers to meet quotas. On his own, he works with individuals and small businesses he gets to know personally.

"There's more to success than the amount of money you get out of it," he says. "I've learned a lot about the industry — and about myself. Sometimes I just can't get out of bed fast enough."

The University Magazine, Spring 2001