It was a very tough year for branch managers. Major firms such as Morgan Stanley Smith Barney [MS] and UBS [UBS] moved to a "complex" management structure, under which one complex manager oversees a number of branches. And the producing branch manager model is back in demand.

But our Top 100 Honorees in the 2009 On Wall Street Branch Manager Awards, sponsored by MainStay Investments have proven themselves to be exceedingly resilient in dealing with this overwhelming change. From this group, the top 10 will emerge later this year.

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