Staying in tune

Executive makes long trip from rock band to pension consulting

Paul Zeisler, named Chicago retirement practice leader at Buck Consultants earlier this year, came to his position via the world of progressive rock.

When he was 13, Mr. Zeisler and his boyhood friend, Howard Jones, formed the band Warrior in 1968 in High Wycombe, England, near London. The band became, as Mr. Zeisler put it in a telephone interview, “an interesting cross between (Emerson, Lake and Palmer) and Jethro Tull and Genesis.”

“We were very taken I'm afraid by very long pieces of music,” he said.

Mr. Zeisler originally played guitar but moved to bass when the band eliminated guitar as an instrument in the band and replaced it with flute.

The band played together for five years until Mr. Zeisler went to the University of Rochester, where he discovered a new love for mathematics.

“I knew I liked to be a musician and knew I was a capable technician and that was different from somebody who really felt it,” he said, referring to his bandmate's incredible natural talent.

Howard Jones went on to a successful solo career with new-wave hits such as “No One is To Blame,” while Mr. Zeisler moved to Chicago in 1982 to run the retirement practice of Alexander and Alexander. He still plays guitar in his spare time today.

“It's another creative outlet, and the experience that I had in my teens so changed my life vis a vis music that I can't imagine that it will be anything but an integral part of my life,” Mr. Zeisler said.

This article originally appeared in the October 1, 2012 print issue as, "Executive makes long trip from rock band to pension consulting".