Lessons for Advisors (and Life) From Emery Kertesz (Part One)

Emery Kertesz III. June 10, 1956-January 29, 2021

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This is the first of a five-part series on my partner, Emery Kertesz. He died on January 29, 2021, at age 64.

When I met Emery more than two decades ago, I’d rarely seen someone in worse shape. His employer had gone out of business, leaving him unemployed. He had been recently diagnosed with Wegener’s Granulomatosis, a rare disease that causes inflammation of the blood vessels. He was already symptomatic with a cough, sinus issues and watery eyes. His prognosis was uncertain. One doctor told him he could have as few as seven months to live.

Although he had extensive experience in the electronics industry, he told me his disease made him essentially unemployable. He was also uninsurable.

He was married with two young sons to support. His savings were running out.