After receiving his MBA from The Wharton School, Oliver spent the next 20 years on Wall Street and did little else outside his family. Around age 45 things changed. Lure of wealth and prestige of working on Wall Street ebbed. There was a spiritual emptiness; Oliver felt the need to give back to his community. Initially resisting the call to find his purpose in life, Oliver eventually handed in his resignation: he never looked back.
With his brother’s help, he opened a small retail/manufacturing chocolate store in his hometown and for the next 15 years Oliver gave back to his community: 1) Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader, 2) Chamber of Commerce president, 3) board member and violinist of regional symphony orchestra, 4) weekly soloist for mass at local church, 5) adjunct professor at private Manhattan college (teaching finance, statistics, and entrepreneurship).
Oliver was doing things he had never done before. His spiritual emptiness filled with a sense of calm, everyday living became more effortless, fear and anxiety dissipated, he was right with the world. Having risked so much on an unknown future, Oliver has returned from finding his purpose in life with a book to soothe the mind and soul.
Oliver lives with his wife of 40 years in a suburb of New York City. He has two married children and two grandchildren, so far.