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Leider Perez
Leider Perez
Education: Ferris High School, Montclair State University
HomeTown: Jersey City
Occupation: Stock trader-in-training

Leider Perez

"I was working for Pershing from November 2002 to July 2003, down in the Wall Street area. I had to take special tests to get on the trading floor, like the Series 25. To pass, the broker that I worked under gave me a mentor and a book to study. I worked on the New York Stock Exchange on the main trading floor in the Pershing booth. It's a clearinghouse that deals with retail orders. I helped the clerks, by writing out the time, price and amount of orders, and I gave it to the clerk. On slow days, we monitored how certain stock price changes affected our business. The job was a good starting ground, as my goal is to become a specialist on the trading floor. I made friends and good connections there. I got a chance to meet CEOs from different companies. I always wanted to go into business, and at Ferris [High School] they help place you in a good co-op job during the school year."