Options for a New Economy: My Friend George and His Master Stroke of Genius
As a first-generation American, George and his 4 siblings all went to Ivy League schools. His father had come from Spain and believed education was the key to success. Two doctors, one engineer, one real estate entrepreneur, and George was the youngest. When he got his first job at Bankers Trust flying all over Latin America, he seemed like the most successful of the lot.
He married Ellie, his college sweetheart and a northeast prep school kid. They had three daughters in rapid succession and George was adopted into a well- to- do WASPY extended family. His in-laws had a summer “castle” in Normandy, which only added to George’s repertoire of stories and experiences.
We met at Goldman Sachs where George was hands down one of the best salesmen.
George could walk into a meeting cold and connect like he’d known the older rich guy his whole life. Somehow George could quickly make a human connection where there had never been any familiarity. It didn’t hurt that George hunted, fished, and smoked cigars with cognac in connecting with older rich white guys. His career trajectory at Goldman was so rapid that the senior partners would travel with him to Brazil, Argentina, and other exotic locations. He was a natural born salesman if there ever was one.
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