Chasing the Best Deal
Bradley H. Vadas's former landlord in Manhattan came to his memorial service ‹ not to sing praises about what a sweet tenant Mr. Vadas had been, but about what a great negotiator he was. "He had an intense desire to be fair, but also to get what he wanted at the minimal cost," said Mr. Vadas's fiancée, Kris McFerren. "He was good at making you want to give him a good deal."
Mr. Vadas, 37, a senior vice president at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, was regularly one of the firm's top traders, perhaps because it involved the same rough-and-tumble strategizing that he found in his Sunday pickup softball games and online chess ‹ and negotiating his rights as a tenant.
He and Ms. McFerren, who had known each other for nine years, recently made plans to be married. They attended a wedding in Lenox, Mass., over Labor Day weekend. One of his last single boyhood friends had finally made the leap, and on the drive home they had decided that they would, too, next spring. "We talked about going shopping for an engagement ring for Kris in the weeks to come," said a friend, Tom Gallagher.
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on October 13, 2001.