An Atypical Wall Streeter
Whether he was racing his 1970 GTO, popping wheelies on his motorcycle or scouring the countryside hunting deer and pheasants, Wayne J. Saloman lived for adventure. "He liked living on the edge," his brother, Jay C. Saloman, said. "He enjoyed that excitement. It wasn't like he had a death wish. He just liked to have fun."
A government bond broker at Cantor Fitzgerald, Mr. Saloman, 43, got his start in the financial services industry in 1983 as a board boy, recording the trades of the day. When he became a bond broker 11 years later, he endeared himself to his clients and co-workers with a personalized greeting.
"When he'd answer the phone, he'd say 'Wayne-O here. Famous broker to the stars, a legend in his own mind,' " his wife Debra Saloman said. "But obviously he was not a legend. He was a jokester. That's how he won people over."
Despite a hectic work schedule, Mr. Saloman took pains to put his family first. When work conflicted with his son Justin's baseball games, Mr. Saloman usually chose to support his son. And when he wore business suits to work, he often accessorized them with cowboy boots.
"He didn't really fit into the mold of being on Wall Street," his brother said. "He was a little different from everybody else. It threw people off and made them laugh and, of course, they remembered him."
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on February 10, 2002.