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Life Stories: Credit Suisse's Eileen Duff Blalock Discusses Her Life
Saturday, December 1, 2012

I grew up in northern New Jersey, the youngest of five, which made me independent. At 15, I started working behind the counter at a deli making sandwiches and filling orders. I loved it. I thought I might open my own deli and offer catering one day. I developed a rapport with the customers and would have their usual orders ready when they walked in. People value that type of service. It was a good lesson in how developing relationships leads to getting more business. I stayed through my freshman year at the University of Delaware.

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