Born in 1954, Brendan T. “Tom” Byrne, Jr. is the eldest of Governor Brendan Byrne’s seven children. He was a freshman at Princeton University when his father was elected governor in 1973 and later received a law degree from the Fordham University Law School. He previously practiced law with major New York City law firms and was a trader of institutional securities at the former Lehman Brothers financial services firm. Following the 1987 stock market crash, he was a staff member of the Brady Commission that reported to President Reagan on the causes of the crash, and subsequently authored the book, The Stock Index Futures Market: A Trader’s Insights and Strategies. In 1988, he was a member of the team that developed the trading halt procedures, now in place at the New York Stock Exchange and the Chicago futures exchanges, designed to limit the potential risk for a market crash similar to the one in 1987. Currently, he heads his own investment management and advisory firm based in Princeton. He served two terms as chair of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee from 1994 into 1997, and explored potential campaigns for the US Senate in 2000 and 2008, ultimately deciding not to join the primary election field. He is married to the former Barbara Ann Moakler, a vice chair of Barclays Capital, the investment banking division of London-based Barclays Bank PLC.
Tom Byrne Jr. May 18, 2009 – transcript available here (pdf)