Passion. Experience. Diligence.


Our first disaster incident took place on December 10 1992, the result of a major Nor’ Eastern running of the Eastern coast of the Atlantic. Snow, hail, rain and wind. It was brutal. Lower Manhattan flooded. We were at 100 Wall Street and when the power went out, we evacuated down 11 floors in the dark. When we reached what we thought was the street level, we were actually met with water, lots of it, and a guy in a row boat. We took the row boat to Wall and Water (ironically), above the water line and walked up to Wall and Broadway talking about what our next steps would be.

As we walked, we were told to to go to midtown, to a sister company’s building where we proceeded to build a 150 position trading floor in 2 days - missing chairs. Yes, we forgot the chairs. Meanwhile, the traders came in - not all, but a good percentage and traded, kneeling on the floor. A few months later we were in the UK and our building was bombed by the IRS. Luckily the bombing occurred on a Saturday and we only had 5 people in the building but they were in the back so they ended up being ok. My hotel room became the command center and my manager went and had an affair - Who knew?

So, that’s how I started my career.


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Andrea Houtkin



University of North Carolina 1982-M.A. Musicology

New York University
1978-B.A., Music


  • Project Management Professional - 31 July, 2008

  • CBCP - 15 July, 2008

  • CISSP - 13 June, 2008

  • ITIL Foundation - 17 August 2010

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