How Ya Gonna Keep `Em?

Small companies trade stock, incentives, and respect for lower pay and longer hours

Timothy E. Healy was a young star, the top central region salesman in General Electric Medical Systems' ultrasound division. He pulled in $160,000 a year, and wore Hart Schaffner & Marx suits. But he wanted more challenge--and longed to be an entrepreneur. So in 1994, he put his $170,000 Cleveland home on the market and traded his suits for blue overalls and a laborer's job, driving a 25-ton dump truck at a lead-tainted Alabama factory site for Entact, a fast-growing Dallas environmental firm.

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