Plane taking off At what point inone's career does being the ultimate boss begin to seem like a goodidea? (Image: Chris Nicholls)

Some folks are born—or at least raised—to be entrepreneurs. Others, like Adam Berkowitz,have entrepreneurship thrust upon them.

Berkowitz, founder and CEO of Simpara, a St. Louis benefits/HRconsultancy, will certainly never forget the day he became anentrepreneur. On July 30, 2016, his wife was in labor when helearned his employer was laying him off. His son was born laterthat day after a difficult delivery.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.