Some 3,000 children lost a parent in the terror attacks on 9/11. Two decades later, they are grown up and chasing their own dreams. A few dozen have sworn an oath, like their parents once did, to serve New York as firefighters or police officers. Others have followed the ones they lost onto Wall Street — some into the very same investment firms.
The 20th commemoration feels particularly poignant for Wall Street’s 9/11 generation. They’re making their way and looking forward — and, at the same time, always looking back. Some wanted to follow in their parent’s last footsteps. Others simply discovered they liked finance and had a head for numbers. Or maybe, as in the case of Maggie Smith, who started at Piper Sandler in July, it was a bit of both.
“It’s really special, and it makes me very, very happy that I have the opportunity to grow the memory of him and create my own legacy at the same time,” Smith says of her father, Jeffrey, who was just 36 and had been at Sandler O’Neill for five years. “I want to be able to have an impact on the company in the way that my dad wasn’t able to.” Read more at the link in bio.