Aames Financial Corp. founder Gary Judis officially left the company, and the subprime mortgage industry, when he resigned as chairman this week.

"I'm closing that chapter of my life," said the 59-year-old Mr. Judis, speaking Monday from his vacation home in Aspen, Colo. "I've had a wonderful business career," the 33-year industry veteran said, "but it's time to get back to my creative roots."

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