David Arndt may have stumbled into his first banking job more or less by accident while pursuing a youthful dream of being a ski bum in Colorado. But he became a financial advisor to professional football players by following a deliberate play-by-play strategy he concocted that has been working out as well as Eli Manning's winning drive against the New England Patriots in Superbowl XLII.
Arndt was 19 back in 1993 when he left his home in suburban Minneapolis and took a leave from the University of Minnesota. The gopher state may get a lot of snow, but the few available hills on the prairie leave would-be skiers spending most of their time riding uphill on a T-bar. Arndt wanted the mountains and powder of Colorado. Needing a job there to support his habit, he followed the recommendation of a friend who knew someone at a bank and he hired on as a teller. "It was a great job for a skier," he explains. "Bankers' hours meant getting off early and there was no work on weekends."
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