In the interview, Mr. Tarola talked about his parents and how they passed their strong work ethic on to him. His father was a steelworker at Bethlehem Steel, and his mother was a hairdresser. They both grew up in a culture that valued hard work, and they continued to work into their 80s. Mr. Tarola spoke about his experiences growing up in a company town and the ways his parents sacrificed so he could go to college and have more opportunities in life.
Mr. Tarola also tells a remarkable story that illustrates how he learned adaptability and resourcefulness from his father. The story focuses on his father's layoff from his job of many years when he was in his 60s and how he found a new job in one weekend. Mr. Tarola notes that he basically did the same thing when he left his own position in finance to start the company he now leads. Just as his father used his existing skill set to find a new job in a related industry, Mr. Tarola took all he had learned from years in the financial industry to form a company dedicated to financial consulting.