April 11, 2019

Leaving the SEC: 20 Years Ago…

It was twenty years ago today
Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play
They’ve been going in and out of style
But they’re guaranteed to raise a smile
So may I introduce to you
The act you’ve known for all these years
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

Can’t believe it’s been twenty years since I last left the SEC as a Staffer. At the time, I was working for a SEC Commissioner. So my “going away” party was held in the SEC’s “Closed Commission Room.” That’s the room where the Commissioners meet to discuss & vote upon the agency’s enforcement actions. Very cool.

That party was quite different than when I left the SEC after my first tour of duty – that one was morning juice & coffee for the dozen or so people in my “branch.” Both types of parties were beautiful in their own way. Anyway, I thought I would excerpt a blurb from this blog about why working at the SEC is such a special experience:

Although some aspects of each ‘going-away’ party at the SEC varies depending on the circumstances, the constant is that a supervisor(s) makes some kind remarks – and then the person leaving speaks. That alone is quite powerful and something that I haven’t experienced at my numerous other jobs during my career. These are not big drinking events. In fact, they traditionally are done on the SEC’s premises at the end of the workday and they end by 6 pm. So they are short & simple – they are a stark reminder that everyone that works at the SEC is on the same team…

Always Have a Vacation on the Calendar

Thought I would borrow the title from my blog yesterday on “Broc Tales” to note that I’m starting a 5-week sabbatical this Monday – completely unplugged. Starts to make up for all the missed vacations over the years to my dear wife…

SEC IDs: Old School Style

Just found my SEC ID from my 1st tour of duty at the SEC back in the late ’80s:


Broc Romanek