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Sol Varon

Vice President, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

How long have you been a member of the NASPP?

Sol: Off and on for several years

How did you end up working on stock compensation?

Sol: When I joined Smith Barney in 1999, executives needed to understand their stock options and the application of Rule 144. I decided to study, ask questions and execute everything available for knowledge and experience, which led to becoming a Corporate Client Group Director managing equity and 10b5-1 plans and attaining my CEP.

What would you be doing if you didn't work in stock compensation?

Sol: Manage real estate

What was your college or university major?

Sol: University of Alabama

Name one item you couldn't do your job without:

Sol: Cell phone

What are your favorite things to do when you aren't working?

Sol: Traveling with my family, running, skiing, outdoor activities, participation in my daughters' schools

Where is your favorite place to go on vacation?

Sol: Everywhere

What is the title of your favorite or most recently read book?

Sol: The Provincials by Eli Evans

What's one thing your peers may be surprised to learn about you?

Sol: I was head of Sales and Marketing at a major winery prior to Smith Barney

What is your favorite NASPP resource?

Sol: NASPP Annual Conference

How many NASPP conferences have you attended?

Sol: 3

You post or answer questions in the NASPP Discussion Forum:

Sol: Never

How has being a member of the NASPP helped you?

Sol: Exchange of experience and knowledge; meeting interesting people