The Olympics are over and real baseball hasn't started yet, but have no fear – CIN has your sports fix. The votes have been tallied and the results are in for the top athletes in the loan and bond worlds. The list features two Olympians, a number of national champions and a slew of All-Americans, but Chris Jacobs, a v.p. in credit sales at JPMorgan and gold and silver medalist at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, received the most nominations.
His accomplishments ranked almost as high as his performance at the JPMorgan "swim off" last summer when he was pitted against John Abate, head of loan trading at JPMorgan. To raise money for Swim Across America, which funds a lab at Memorial-Sloan Kettering, Jacobs had to swim the 50-yard backstroke with one arm while Abate got to chose his stroke of choice and went with the trusty freestyle. Abate started off the race with a dive, while Jacobs had to kick off from the wall, as they raced at the YMCA on 47th Street to the cheers of watching fans. The pair was neck and neck for most of the race with Jacobs just touching out his boss for the win. The event was considered a ton of fun by onlookers and helped raise about $5,000 for charity.
While Jacobs might be the most decorated athlete, some nominees showed the lighter side of the markets. Nominations that just missed making the list including: a video game master, a salesman who has perfected the sport of diaper changing. One nomination, which all in the market could relate to, was for the individual who logged the most consecutive hours at his/her desk. We'll let each desk decided that one for themselves.
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Here are the top athletes in the loan and bond worlds as nominated by their peers.
* Adrayll Askew, an a.v.p. at Hartford Investment Management, played tight end and was a co-captain at Rice University.
* Scott Wille, a member of the leveraged finance group at Deutsche Bank, played football at Wisconsin University and Dartmouth College. At Wisconsin he was backup to future NFL QB's Brooks Bollinger (Jets) and Jim Sorgi (Colts).
* Andy Stock, co-head of loan sales and trading at Credit Suisse, has a 4.5 handicap.
* Glenn Marchak, a fund manager at Citigroup Asset Management, has a 4.4 handicap.
* Martin Pryor, a director at Citigroup, has a 4 handicap. He was the Club Champ Winner in 2003 and runner up in 2005 at the Silvermine Golf Club in Connecticut.
* Pete Seidman, a v.p. in distressed debt sales at JPMorgan, has a 3.8 handicap. At 19, he was the 1986 Long Island Amateur Champion.
* Rob Mustard, a managing director at Scotia Capital, has an 8.5 handicap.
* Rodney Rayburn, a securities analyst at Stark & Roth, played at the Air Force Academy.
* David Conyers, an analyst on the leveraged finance desk at JPMorgan, was the Rookie of the Year at Williams College in 2000-01. He was a team captain his senior season.
* Austin Garrison, a trader at JPMorgan, was a two-time All-American at the University of North Carolina.
* Drew McKnight, a managing director at Fortress Capital, was a three-time All-American at the University of Virginia. He won a National Championship his junior year.
* Chris Young, an associate at Deutsche Bank, was a two-year starter at Notre Dame and a Final Four participant his senior season.
* Rob Snyder, a principal at Kingsland Capital, played long stick midfield at Cornell University.
* James Schaefer, a managing director at UBS, coached the 1993-94 University of Vermont Alpine Ski Team to the NCAA Division 1 National Championship.
* Gabriel Szerda, analyst on the leveraged finance desk at Deutsche Bank, was a 2000 Olympian for Australia.