Make Geiger Great Again

And you wanna be my latex salesman.

Jerry Seinfeld

So, what now? After taking some time off to scrap the algorithmic scar tissue from the dark pools of my brain, what am I going to do to pass the time? What is my plan to Make Geiger Great Again?

I’m confident in my ability to peddle ice cream to Eskimos, so a job in sales is always possible. I’m also pretty good at event organizing, especially when it comes to travel. There’s always this writing thing, but the hours are long and it doesn’t pay very well. And I’ve forever wanted to open my own wine bar.

Given my druthers, here’s what would work for me;

  • Work in an industry that’s making the rules up as they go along.
  • Do what I love, and love what I do.

And here’s some breaking news- I don’t need a big paycheck, and I don’t need benefits. So I’ve got that going for me.

What that as a backdrop, I present to you my unofficial résumé, which some might argue is filled with more alternative facts than a White House press release. Enjoy.


Lee W. Geiger



Penserra Securities, Orinda, CA

Managing Director, April 2009- Present

  • Institutional Equity Sales Trader with 30 years of trading experience, i.e., I’m a middle-aged Wall Street professional stuck in the twilight of a mediocre career.
  • Execution skills include algorithmic trading, crossing networks, and dark pools. I’m also fluent in New York Stock Exchange, a language seldom spoken anymore.
  • Licenses include Series 7, 9, 24, 55 and 63. Plus, I’ve had all my shots


JMP Securities, San Francisco, CA

Managing Director, Head of Institutional Equity Sales Trading, April 2004 – May 2007

  • Came out of early retirement because I was a lousy soccer dad.
  • Covered some really big accounts, most of whom have gone out of business.
  • Managed a team of 15 sales traders. I’m a better cheerleader than traffic cop.
  • Retired in May 2007 after the firm’s initial public offering. I then became CEO of a motorcycle accessories company and inside of six months ran it straight into the ground.


Montgomery Securities/Bank of America Securities, San Francisco, CA

Managing Director, Head of Institutional Equity Sales Trading, February 1997- June 2003

  • Pulled off one of the biggest upsets in Wall Street history and returned to Montgomery Securities for a second tour of duty. Nationsbank then bought Montgomery, and later bought Bank of America. Got it?
  • Managed a team of 45 sales traders. Hired many, fired a few. Hiring was more fun.
  • Covered some really, really big accounts. But I was also fired by Jim Cramer from his hedge fund before he became Jim Cramer.
  • After turning down a promotion that required a move to New York City, I retired in June 2003 to make pancakes for my kids.


Robertson Stephens & Co. , San Francisco, CA

Director- One step below a somebody, February 1994- February 1997


Montgomery Securities, San Francisco, CA

Vice President- One step above a nobody, January 1991- February 1994


First Boston, Atlanta, GA

Vice President- see above, August 1986- November 1990



Dartmouth College, Amos Tuck School of Business, MBA–1986

  • Ironclad proof that you can fool some of the people some of the time. 

Claremont McKenna College, BA, Economics –1982

  • I peaked during my sophomore year.



* Author of a lifestyle blog called The Marginal Prophet, with over 6,000 deluded subscribers.

* Auctioneer, Duke and Duke Charity Auctions. And no, I’m not kidding.

* I published a novel called Pearls of Asia: A Love Story. I try not to talk about it.

References available upon request. I think. Okay, maybe not.

4 Responses to Make Geiger Great Again

  1. Jim Geiger says:

    Great Resume, if only I had an opening. Maybe Later.

  2. Will Walker says:

    How’s you like to mow my lawn

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