Some days, when he looks back at all the progress since Sept. 11, Jim Connelly says "it seems like 10 lifetimes ago" that terrorist attacked the World Trade Center, killing 38 of his firm's staff.

Connelly, a vice chairman at Fred Alger Management, Inc., which had been located on the 93rd floor of the center's north tower, has been a pivotal member of the team leading the firm's rebuilding process. Among those killed was David Alger, who headed the firm. In response, Fred Alger, David's older brother and the firm's retired founder, immediately returned to lead the shop of 160 employees to recovery. The task ahead was daunting.

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