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|Valerie Silver Ellis
Date of Birth: July 4, 1955
Position: Partner, Institutional Equities Trader
From Val’s journal 2/7/83:
“Back in NYC again. I’ve survived Cantor’s training program and transcended the LA/Cantor boys by being me. By being a team player, listening, giving, being warm and strong. I am learning more and more about the business. This is a talent I have.” And so began Val’s association with Cantor Fitzgerald.
Born of the 4th of July, she lived the “American Dream.” She was “Auntie Val” to her family and lots of others. A quick mind and quicker tongue, there was no fear she could not overcome, no height she could not reach and no joke she would not entertain. Val created laughter and shared that laughter. You could always expect the unexpected from her. (Funny, poignant and bawdy stories upon request.) Val found a way to share tears as well and turn them into smiles that grew to laughter. She improved on what she found and created what she could not find. She created herself and her own world. She succeeded in that world and generously shared that success. She was direct, creative, exacting and very smart and she always knew just what to say and no one, no one got in her way.
Was she a saint? I think not, she didn’t try to be. Was she real? I think so, and that is what we should all strive to be. No longer can we “Ask Val” but instead we must ask, “What would Val have done?” Then………..just do it!!!!!