Even our friends sometimes tease us about taking our obsession with the Wall Street of Hollywood too far—and this is no more obviously the case when it comes to the actual “Wall Street” of Hollywood, the Oliver Stone movie. But you people don’t get it. This is actually what makes Wall Street tick. Ask around after the third drink on Wall Street and you’ll find pretty quickly that a lot of people who work in finance formed their first impressions of the trade from films.
Don’t believe us? Take the example of Mark K. Schonfeld, 44. Not familiar with the name? You should be. He is the director of the New York regional office of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Law.com recently asked him what got him interested in working for the Man the SEC. Schonfeld’s response: “Blue Horse Shoe Loves Anacot Steel!”
Or, you know, close enough.
Q: You have been working for the Securities and Exchange Commission for more than a decade. What originally attracted you to the agency?
A: It's hard to believe that it's been that long. Two things primarily drew me to the SEC -- the work and the people. The work is interesting, challenging and rewarding. As far back as law school, I expected to devote part of my career to government service. That also coincided with the SEC's prominence in the headlines with the big insider trading cases of the 1980's. To this day, I am still struck by how often greed leads people to cheat the system. It reminds me of the question that Bud Fox poses to Gordon Gekko in the movie "Wall Street": "How much is enough?"