When news of Chief Executive JamesTyree's death spread through the 12 floors of Mesirow Financial late on March 16, several dozen employees converged on President Richard Price's office to console each other.
"There seemed to be a magnetic pull to Richard's office," Dennis Black, Mesirow's general counsel, recalled. "Richard pulled out a bottle of vodka that a client had given him, and we passed it around the crowd as though we were sitting around a campfire."
Initially, it was a hushed scene. Then, stories about Tyree, a charismatic leader in Chicago's business community, began to flow, along with tears.
"Richard encouraged the sharing, and...