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Managing Director, Waterfall Asset Management
Bob Eick was born and raised in Connecticut, and his family has strong historical ties to the Bridgeport/Fairfield, Connecticut, community. He attended Roger Ludlowe High School, and upon graduating, he attended Boston College, graduating in 1988. After working and attending business school in New York, he moved back to Fairfield in 1989, where he lived until recently moving to Ridgefield, Connecticut. Mr. Eick has two children, Ryan and Annie.
Mr. Eick’s career in finance began with Merrill Lynch & Company after graduating from Boston College. He was one of 12 chosen for their corporate intern program, where he worked in the equity research department. From there, Mr. Eick moved to the trading department in Merrill’s Capital Markets division, and while working full time in the trading department, he attended and graduated from New York University’s Stern School of Business, where he earned his MBA.
In 1993, Mr. Eick was recruited to join Greenwich Capital Markets, a small investment bank in Connecticut. He eventually rose to become a managing director at the firm, and Greenwich Capital was later acquired by National Westminster Bank and then by RBS (Royal Bank of Scotland). He specialized in fixed income securities as well as other financial instruments. Mr. Eick has served on a variety of committees with the firm and brought that expertise to starting a new venture.
In 2009, Mr. Eick and several partners began their new venture by purchasing a controlling interest in a Stamford-based firm called CRT Capital Group, LLC. Starting with 90 people, he and his team recapitalized the firm and expanded its platform, turning CRT Capital Group into a preeminent investment firm. CRT’s expanded expertise now includes emerging markets, rates, corporate bonds, mortgages, investment banking and equities. CRT now has five offices, located in Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, Chicago and London.
After the company was sold, he moved to Waterfall Asset Management in portfolio management. Currently, he runs relationship management for the firm globally. Waterfall is a $13+ billion (AUM) asset manager with exposure to structured lending, bond trading, private equity and is the external manager for the REIT Ready Capital (NYSE: RC). The focus of Waterfall is debt both distressed and performing.