Howard I. Fischer is co-founder and chief evangelist of Gratitude Railroad. He is also the founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of Basso Capital Management, L.P. a convertible securities hedge fund management company. Previously, Mr. Fischer was the senior trader and co-head of the institutional convertible trading desk at Smith Barney a convertible trader at Drexel Burnham and at Cohen Feit & Company, and a Certified Public Accountant in both public and private practice. He holds a B.S.E. in Accounting and Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and was a fellow of the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard University.