Fred Alger Management's Jim Connelly still works 12-hour days.
But the vice chairman of the investment advisory firm, which lost 35 of the 50 executives in its New York offices last September, now comes to work at 6 a.m., instead of 8 a.m., so he can get home in time for dinner with his wife and three daughters.
"Even if I have to work different hours, I will never miss a dance recital or school play - things I had missed historically," he said. "I have made the effort and will continue to not miss any of these events. Work is important, but not everything," Mr. Connelly said.
The morning of the attacks, he and his wife were taking a daughter to a doctor's appointment when he got a call on his cell phone. It was a Fred Alger salesman from Hong Kong asking if everyone was all right, Mr. Connelly said. "I had no idea what he was talking about."
He drove to the nearby home of a friend, where the grim news on television confirmed his worst fears. He began counting floors, and "no matter how I did it, it appeared it was very close, if not our floor," he recalled.