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t homas Quick was raised the second oldest of seven children in Woodbury, NY, on the north shore of Long Island. After graduating from Fairfi eld University with a bachelor's degree in accounting, he went to work in 1977 for the family business, Quick & Reilly, a discount retail brokerage company. By age 33, he was president and by 48 he was retired and living in Palm Beach. Now president of First Palm Beach Property, Inc., he works in commercial real estate and serves countless charities. What made you decide to join the family business? The opportunity was always there. I envisioned I would end up there so why not start at an early age and earn seniority? I loved being part of the growth of a relatively new company within the brokerage industry. The world of discount brokerage was started only in 1975. My father's fi rm was the fi rst of the New York Stock Exchange member fi rms to off er discounts to the public after Congress abolished fi xed commission rates and gave us the opportunity to go in and off er discounted commission rates to individual investors. How did you land in Palm Beach? I had been coming down here since 1976 with my parents. My company established its fi rst branch offi ce outside of New York here. I came down to manage the branch for a few years in 1980 and then moved back to New York. I moved here full time in 2001. I remember coming over the bridge the fi rst time and I knew I would be back many times over. I've been happy here. What charities have you been involved with over the years? I got involved with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis when I was 24 years old. I ended up on the board of trustees of the hospital and remained on the board until 2004. But I'm still active with cohosting a dinner benefi t here in Palm Beach every year. I keep the spirit of St. Jude alive. I have a house in Laurel Hollow on Long Island. I am on the board of trustees of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories and a member of the board of directors for the Inner-City Scholarship Fund of the Archdiocese of New York. In Palm Beach, I am active in the Boys & Girls Club of Palm Beach County, the Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation, Inc. , the Palm Beach Zoo and the United Way. We just recently had the American Ireland Fund Benefi t here on the island. I am also an auctioneer of a lot of charities. One of the benefi ts coming up that I'm working on is for Best Buddies. It's a mentoring program between high school and college students that benefi ts mentally challenged individuals. The Albert Schweitzer Hospital based in Haiti will also hold a benefi t here this summer. I am involved in that—and of course the St. Jude fundraiser which I co-host each year at the beginning of April. What has instilled in you a desire to give back? I guess I realized how lucky and fortunate I have been. I get so much enjoyment from being involved in the governance as well as fundraising of all the institutions. My parents always stressed involvement in the community and giving back time and resources no matter how much or how little they had at the time. How has your professional background aided you in playing a key role with all the charities you are involved with? Having thousands of employees that worked underneath me and that I brought a business sense has helped me help these charities run like a business. I know how to go in and raise money and make a proper request for gifts and donations. You seem quite busy with your charity work. When you have time to yourself, what do you like to do? I go to Europe every summer and down to the [Caribbean] islands in the spring and fall. I play golf and go sailing. I'm up in the Northeast in the summers and in the Mediterranean. But there is nothing quite like it when you're landing in Palm Beach and have that great feeling of being home. Palm Beach is so much more than the good weather and the beautiful landscaping. My family comes to visit all the time. I'm not married but I have 25 nieces and nephews; my siblings and their children come to visit a lot. My sister just left today and I have more family coming in tomorrow. Everyone wants to visit Uncle Tom. omas Quick The New York fi nancier retired at a young age to give his time and talents to charities in Palm Beach and beyond. My parents always stressed giving back time and resources no matter how much or how little they had . FACES OF PHILANTHROPY [ ] 126

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