Special Edition: Get to Know the SDR Team

This week, to continue our blog series “Get to Know the SDR Team,” we sat down with SDR Analyst David Lazarowitz to explore his childhood, career goals and find out what makes him tick, in a rapid-fire Q&A session.

David’s Background

What did you want to be when you were a kid?
I wanted to be a professional athlete; an NBA basketball player…until I realized my height restriction.

What childhood accomplishment are you most proud of?
I picked out our golden retriever, Aspen when I was a little kid. He sneezed on me, and I knew he was the one.

David and Family at the Grand Canyon

David and his family at the Grand Canyon

What was the first concert you went to?
Allman Brothers and Phish

What adult accomplishment are you most proud of?
Graduating college

Why did you choose to move to Colorado?
To attend the University of Denver and try something new. There’s also great weather for golf in Colorado.

What do you miss about the East Coast?
I miss the competitiveness of the East Coast and being on the water.

Professional Life

What did you do prior to SDR?
I worked for a large, single principal family office, but I decided to move somewhere else and try something new. Finance runs in my family, so I love this world.

What’s your favorite aspect of Investment Banking?
I enjoy interacting with our clients, hearing their backgrounds and stories and ultimately helping them through one of the biggest decisions of their lives.

Can you tell us about the nonprofits you’re involved with?
I serve on the board for the Aurora Public Schools Foundation, which is an excellent organization that has the mission of helping children from Aurora, Colorado receive the resources needed (both financial and through personnel support) to attend college and take a giant leap forward in their lives. I’m also the co-chairman of Hedge Funds Care Young Professionals Denver Branch, which has the mission to help with the prevention and education of child abuse. HFC has donated $44 million through 1,250 grants. We aim to help “protect & heal” the children.

Life Outside Work

Are you a morning or night person?
I am an afternoon/night person. Pretty much an all-day person.

We know you love golfing, so who’s your favorite golfer?
Tiger Woods, because of what he has done for the game.

How would you spend your ideal day off?
I would golf in the morning and sail in the afternoon.

What country would you like to visit?
Spain. I’ve never been there. I would also like to see the Middle East because of the culture.

Why did you meet President Obama?
My sister worked at the White House, and upon your exit there you get to sit down with the president for an exit interview and invite whoever you want. She invited us to join her.

If you could meet any other president, living or dead, who would it be?
I would like to meet Lincoln because ended slavery in the U.S. or I would like to meet Reagan because I know the least about him, but people in my life have always spoken highly of him.

Random Facts

Do you take the shampoo and conditioner bottles from hotels?
No, I don’t see the point.

David's Dog Chance

David’s Dog “Chance”

What’s your biggest pet peeve?
When people are late.

Can you change a car’s oil?
No, I know very little about car care.

Is it ok for guys to wear pink?
Yes, I wear pink.

If you were an animal, what would you be and why?
A golden retriever; they live the perfect life.

Would you rather be invisible or be able to read minds?
Read minds.

Would you rather attend Hogwarts or live in Narnia?
Attend Hogwarts, so that I could be a professional Quidditch player.

What’s Next?

What do you hope to do in 10 years?
I hope to start a private equity company in 10-15 years. I would like to be an entrepreneur at some point. I would potentially move back to the East Coast.

Well, there you have it! David handled our rapid fire Q&A session like a pro, that fast-paced East Coast mentality at its finest.