Giving His All, All the Time
Erik Isbrandtsen's approach to life was "Do it 150 percent or don't do it at all," said one close friend, Scott Foster. "Whether it was working, working out, playing basketball, playing golf, playing soccer or going out at night, he gave it his all."
Mr. Isbrandtsen, a 30-year-old industrial sales trader at Cantor Fitzgerald's equity desk, always hoped to move back to the Boston area, where he had grown up, where he had starred for the Babson College soccer team. But he stayed in New York, Mr. Foster said, because in his industry, the greatest success could be achieved here.
Another Babson soccer player, David McEachern, remembered how Mr. Isbrandtsen, a midfielder, had come back from a bad junior-year injury in better condition than anyone else on the team the next fall. That drive was evident throughout his friend's life. "If anybody could do 80 years in 30 good ones, he could," Mr. McEachern said. "Good restaurants, good clubs; he enjoyed the finer things in life."
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on November 14, 2001.