The adrenaline junkie of Fifth Avenue
As if trading raw materials on Fifth Avenue wasn’t exciting enough, Cameron Law also volunteers as a fireman in his spare time. We pay him a visit at his office in the most famous street in the world.
Hello from New York! We were just in Dortmund, Germany, where our raw materials are stored in the largest warehouse of its type in the world. Now we’ve flown across the pond to find out how they make their way there in the first place. As a matter of fact, our trip took us to the most famous street in the world: Fifth Avenue!
Working where the world goes walking
We might not have met Audrey Hepburn for breakfast at Tiffany’s, but we did meet the equally charming Cameron Law for lunch at thyssenkrupp. Cameron is a base metals trader. His job is to buy metals on behalf of the Group and other companies on the external market. “We offer all kinds of raw materials on the international exchange, ranging from metals and minerals to gases,” Cameron tells us. The 31-year-old and his 13 colleagues in New York are therefore completely neutral commodities traders.
And what better location could there be than Fifth Avenue, where the global market virtually passes right by right in front of the door? “So many people, both customers and colleagues alike, drop in just to say hi. I think everyone is just looking for a good excuse to visit us on Fifth Avenue,” says Cameron with a laugh. “You get to experience everything up close here, from Christmas shopping and hordes of tourists to the fast-paced business world. What’s more, all of the big parades in New York go down our street.” You feel like you never miss out on anything and are right at the heart of the action, which is ultimately what trading is all about.
Rescued just in the nick of time
It shouldn’t come as any surprise that Cameron’s pulse beats faster both at work and when off duty. That’s because, during his free time, Cameron volunteers at the fire department in Greenwich, the neighborhood he calls home. “Most people aren’t willing be on-call and travel to the fire station at 2 a.m. when they have to get up for work at 7 a.m. That’s why I’m happy to get involved and support the community.” His hobby actually isn’t that different from his job where customers often call up with requests for raw materials that need to be delivered in just a few short hours. “You get a similar adrenaline rush because they also have to be rescued, in a matter of speaking, just in the nick of time.”
By the way, we had a lot of fun with our tour guide Jesse, who must be the coolest driver of New York City!