Q24N (Forbes.com) – It’s January 5th, 2009 the first trading day of the new year. I’m Co-Head of Investments at Ramius Capital, leading our team meeting getting everybody excited and prepared for 2009 (following the global financial meltdown of 2008). My boss’s assistant hands me a slip of paper, “Tom would like to meet with you.”
She said it was urgent.
One hour later my job had been eliminated. Instantly, I joined tens of thousands of other unemployed investment professionals in the worst market crisis since the Great Depression. I was shocked.
Richard Fertig
I was at Ramius for 8 years. I helped grow the business from $100 million dollars under management to $4 billion dollars at peak, and from 4 people to 50 plus. And just like that,

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