BOB EICK FOR STATE TREASURER, www.WeLikeEick.com
Bob Eick has a passion for finance, and will bring skills proven over a successful 30 year finance career to the job of rebuilding security for our state’s pension funds and for all whose lives are affected by these funds.
Connecticut needs a Treasurer with the proven skills and abilities to properly invest for the security of our state. As a successful financial professional, he will work to reverse the downward trend of Connecticut’s pension fund performance, currently ranked at the bottom nationally. Bob notes that state employees, police officers, and teachers are losing millions of dollars due to poor management.
Bob understands that as the number of retirees increases, the deficit in the state pension fund will grow more pronounced, jeopardizing retirements and resulting in more tax hikes for all Connecticut residents and businesses to fund the shortfalls – a crisis that can be avoided with sound fiscal management.
A Ridgefield resident, Bob, 51, has lived most of his life in Connecticut. He was raised in Bridgeport and Fairfield and attended public schools. He is a graduate of Boston College and New York University’s Graduate School of Business, where he earned his MBA from the Stern School.
Bob is proud of his Bridgeport area roots, with his entire family attending the public school system in either Bridgeport or Fairfield. Bob’s father enlisted in the armed forces in 1954 and was stationed in Korea shortly after the hostilities ceased. A lifelong member of the United Food Workers Union, Bob’s dad spent most of his adult life working as a meat cutter for the Pantry Pride grocery store chain mostly in Bridgeport. Bob’s mother Betty Anne (Kovacs) was born on Bridgeport’s Denver Avenue and grew up surrounded by the ethnic Hungarians who made Bridgeport their home both before and after the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. Betty Anne’s parents both immigrated to the US through Ellis Island.
Bob began his career as one of 12 applicants chosen for Merrill Lynch & Company’s Corporate Intern Program, working in equity research, then moving to the Capital Markets division. In 1993, Bob was recruited to join Greenwich Capital Markets, a small investment bank where he rose to the position of managing director. Greenwich Capital was later acquired by National Westminster Bank and then by the Royal Bank of Scotland. During that period Bob specialized in fixed income securities and other financial instruments.
He brought that experience to a new venture in 2009 when he and several partners purchased a controlling interest in Stamford-based CRT Capital Group, LLC. Starting with approximately 90 people, Bob and his team recapitalized the company, expanding to become a preeminent investment firm currently employing nearly 300 people in five offices in the US and London, with expertise in areas including emerging markets, rates, corporate bonds, mortgages, investment banking and equities.
In 1993 Bob was elected to the Fairfield Planning & Zoning Commission, ending the four-year-term as Vice Chairman, and was appointed by then Governor Jodi Rell to serve on the Board of the Connecticut Development Authority. Bob is an ardent supporter of Boston College, The Wooster School in Danbury, the Leary Firefighter’s Foundation and served on the National Board of Gilda’s Club, dedicated to helping women in their fight against cancer. Bob was producer of The Blair Witch Project, supporting five young filmmakers who brought the concept to the big screen.
His son Ryan is a Kenyon College graduate, currently employed in New York City and his daughter Annie, is in her second year at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill where she is a varsity athlete on the Women’s Crew team.