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Professionals buying into perfect jobs
Professionals buying into perfect jobs

Annette Walter was chief operating officer of a fast-growing Baltimore real estate company. Her husband, Shawn, a former construction project manager, had launched a successful career in sales. But in March, the Hunt Valley couple walked away from the corporate world of fixed schedules and long commutes and went into business for themselves. They bought a 75-year-old company in Baltimore that distributes wooden and plastic pallets. The Walters will run the business from their home. "This decision was to benefit our lifestyle," said Annette Walter, former COO of The Strata Group. "Shawn and I had realized the opportunity was to create your workplace, not have your work...