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                           AMENDMENT TO EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT

CAPITAL MANAGEMENT INC. (formerly known as GBI Capital Partners Inc.) and
RICHARD J. ROSENSTOCK (the "Executive") have entered into an EMPLOYMENT
AGREEMENT, dated as of August 24, 1999 ("Original Agreement"), a first amendment
to the Agreement dated February 8, 2001, a letter amendment dated as of February
8, 2001, a second amendment dated August 31, 2001, and a letter amendment dated
October 10, 2002 (together, the "Amended Agreement"); and

         WHEREAS the parties desire to further amend the Amended Agreement;

         NOW THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual promises and agreements
herein contained, and other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and
adequacy of which are hereby acknowledged, the parties, intending to be legally
bound, hereby agree as follows ("this Agreement"):

         1. TERM OF EMPLOYMENT. The term of the Executive's employment under
this Agreement shall be for three years, from January 1, 2003 through December
31, 2005 (the "Term").

         2. DUTIES OF EMPLOYMENT. The Executive hereby agrees that he will serve
as a registered representative of Ladenburg Thalmann & Co. Inc. ("LTCI"), a
wholly owned subsidiary of Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc. ("LTFS"),
and LTCI and LTFS (sometimes, collectively, the "Company") agree to employ the
Executive, subject to regulatory requirements; Executive will not be required to
enter into any "Association Agreement"; except as may be required for
compliance, registration, or regulatory reasons, Executive will not be subject
to any attendance policy; Executive shall provide such services as may be
mutually agreed upon by LTCI or LTFS, on the one hand, and Executive, on the
other. Except as specifically provided herein, Executive shall have no duty or
obligation to provide any services hereunder. Executive shall remain as (a) a
director of LTFS (and LTFS agrees to nominate and elect Executive to serve in
such capacity for as long as Executive wishes to serve) and (b) Chief Executive
Officer and a director of Ladenburg Capital Management Inc. ("LCMI") until the


pending Form BDW becomes effective; otherwise, effective as of December 31,
2002, Executive hereby resigns as an officer of LTFS and resigns as an officer
and director of all affiliates and subsidiaries of LTFS. The Executive will
execute such other documents relative to such resignations as may be requested
by LTFS and its affiliates and subsidiaries.


                           3.1 AT SIGNING. The Executive shall be paid $25,000
                  upon the execution of this Agreement.

                           3.2. SALARY. As his full base compensation for all
                  services to be rendered by the Executive hereunder (including
                  Executive's service as an LTFS director), LTCI shall pay to
                  the Executive (or to another company, employee , or other
                  person or entity designated by Executive from time to time) a
                  base salary (gross pretax) at a monthly rate of $17,083.33 for
                  the first year, and $15,000 for the second and third years, in
                  accordance with usual payroll practices for executives. The
                  monthly base salary set forth in this Section 3.2 shall
                  hereinafter be referred to as the "Base Salary." LTCI shall
                  withhold or cause to be withheld from the Base Salary and from
                  the $25,000 payable under Section 3.1 (and other amounts
                  hereunder) all taxes and other amounts as are required by law
                  to be withheld. The Company's obligation to pay the sums due
                  to Executive under Sections 3.1 and 3.2 hereof shall be
                  absolute and unconditional.

                           3.3 ADDITIONAL COMPENSATION. (1) In addition to the
                  Base Salary, the Executive will be eligible to receive
                  additional compensation as follows: (i) 50% payout on all of
                  Executive's retail brokerage production in accordance with
                  standard LTCI procedures on terms no less favorable than those
                  currently in effect as of the date of this Agreement, and (ii)
                  15% of any pay or compensation received by LTCI or any
                  affiliate thereof as a finders fee for corporate finance
                  transactions entered into within 18 months after introduction
                  to LTCI by the Executive (including without limitation the
                  companies listed on Exhibit A) to be paid on terms no less
                  favorable than those currently in effect as of the date of
                  this Agreement which in no event will be more than 30 days
                  after receipt by LTCI or any such affiliate, provided,
                  however, that the finder's fee for any single transaction
                  shall be reduced by any amount that LTCI is obligated to pay
                  to another finder. The payments under (i) and (ii) shall be


                  termed "Additional Compensation." As of January 1, 2003, the
                  Executive shall no longer participate in any incentive plan
                  override, special override or other bonus program; provided,
                  however, that the Executive shall continue to be paid any such
                  benefits earned through December 31, 2002 in accordance with
                  past practices. Any outstanding expenses incurred by the
                  Executive in connection with his employment that remain unpaid
                  as of the date hereof, as well as any expenses reasonably
                  incurred by Executive in carrying out his duties for the
                  Company will be paid in accordance with firm policy. Further,
                  while he is employed at LTCI, to the extent that LTFS stock
                  options under the Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc.
                  1999 Performance Equity Plan are distributed to registered
                  representatives based on their level of commission production,
                  the Executive shall participate in such distribution based on
                  his level of commission production.

                           3.4 PARTICIPATION IN INSURANCE AND OTHER PLANS.
                  Section 5(A) of the Original Agreement, as amended in the
                  Amended Agreement, shall remain in effect. During the Term,
                  the Executive shall be promptly reimbursed for all
                  out-of-pocket expenses, including expenses for spouse and
                  children (to the extent permitted under the terms of the
                  plan), not reimbursed under the LTCI health insurance plan.

                           3.5 OFFICE. During the Term, the Executive shall be
                  provided with a private office; provided that LTCI has a
                  branch office on Long Island, the Executive shall be given an
                  office in the Long Island branch; initially, the Executive's
                  office shall be in the LTCI Great Neck branch office.

                           3.6 INDEMNIFICATION. Both (a) the existing
                  Indemnification Agreement entered into on February 7, 2001 in
                  favor of the Executive (copy annexed) and (b) Section 5(c) and
                  8 of the Original Agreement as amended in the Amended


                  Agreement in favor of the Executive (together, "the
                  Indemnification Agreements") shall remain in effect as joint
                  and several obligations of LTFS, LTCI and LCMI. In addition,
                  to the extent, if any, that the Executive is liable under the
                  December 1996 "Guaranty of Lease" executed in connection with
                  the lease of space at 1055 Stewart Avenue, Bethpage, New York
                  from Briarcliffe College, Inc., such claim shall be treated as
                  a covered claim under the Indemnification Agreements. Without
                  limiting the foregoing, simultaneously with the full execution
                  of this Agreement, LCMI shall pay the sum of $20,230 to Esanu
                  Katsky Korins & Siger LLP, which shall constitute full payment
                  of all time and disbursement charges incurred by such firm in
                  connection with services for the benefit of the Executive
                  through the date hereof.

                           3.7 CLAIMS. LTFS, LTCI and LCMI (in the case of LCMI,
                  based on the knowledge of Victor M. Rivas, Co-Chairman, and
                  Joseph Giovanniello, General Counsel) hereby represent to
                  Executive that none of them or any of their affiliates
                  presently is aware of facts sufficient to support a claim
                  against Executive.

                           3.8 AMENITIES. During the Term, the Executive shall
                  be provided at LTCI's expense with a sales assistant, desktop
                  computer, and market data service; LTCI shall pay Executive's
                  applicable securities registration and licensing costs.

                           3.9 During the Term, Oscar Sonkin shall continue to
                  be employed as a registered representative in the LTCI branch
                  office in Boca Raton, Florida, subject to compliance and
                  regulatory requirements.

         4.       CONFIDENTIALITY, ETC.

                           4.1 The Executive covenants and agrees that he shall
                  treat as confidential all information and financial matters of
                  LTFS and its subsidiaries and affiliates, other than
                  information which becomes generally available to the public
                  otherwise than through disclosure by the Executive


                  (collectively "Confidential Information"), including, without
                  limitation, trade secrets, client lists, pricing policies,
                  operational methods, research projects and technical
                  processes, and that he shall not disclose, communicate or
                  divulge any Confidential Information to any person or entity
                  other than LTFS or its subsidiaries and affiliates and that he
                  shall not use any Confidential Information for the benefit of
                  any person or entity other than LTFS, its subsidiaries and
                  affiliates unless expressly authorized in writing by the
                  Board, provided, however, that the foregoing shall not
                  preclude the Executive from (a) divulging information in what
                  he reasonably and in good faith believes is in the ordinary
                  course of LTCI business or is required to be disclosed
                  pursuant to regulatory requirement to regulatory agencies or
                  otherwise required pursuant to applicable law, or (b)
                  soliciting his existing clients to go to another firm, or from
                  transacting business with his existing clients.

                           4.2 The Executive agrees that during the period he is
                  employed hereunder and for a period of one (1) year
                  thereafter, he will not, without the prior written consent of
                  the Company, directly or indirectly (including without
                  limitation by assisting any other person or entity to do so or
                  identifying for any other person or entity), solicit, entice,
                  persuade, or induce any then-current employee, director,
                  officer, associate, or substantially full-time consultant,
                  agent or independent contractor of the Company or its
                  affiliates (i) to terminate such person's employment or
                  engagement by the Company or an affiliate or (ii) to become
                  employed by any person, firm, partnership, corporation, or
                  other entity other than the Company or its affiliates.

                           4.3 The Executive agrees that during the period he is
                  employed hereunder and for a period of one (1) year
                  thereafter, he will not, without the prior written consent of
                  the Company, directly or indirectly (including without
                  limitation by assisting any other person or entity to do so or
                  identifying for any other person or entity), contact any
                  customer of LTFS or any subsidiary or affiliate for the
                  purpose of soliciting securities business, except that this
                  provision shall not preclude Executive from contacting or
                  transacting business with any of his existing clients.


                           4.4 If the Executive commits a material breach, or is
                  about to commit a material breach, of any of the provisions of
                  Sections 4.1, 4.2 or 4.3 above, the Company shall have the
                  right to have the provisions of this Agreement specifically
                  enforced by any court having equity jurisdiction without being
                  required to post bond or other security and without having to
                  prove the inadequacy of the available remedies at law (the
                  foregoing being expressly waived by the Executive hereby), it
                  being acknowledged and agreed by the Executive hereby that any
                  such breach or threatened breach will cause irreparable injury
                  to the Company and that money damages will not provide an
                  adequate remedy to the Company. In addition, the Company may
                  take all such other actions and remedies available to it under
                  the law and in equity and shall be entitled to such damages as
                  it can show it has sustained by reason of such breach.

         5.       TERMINATION.

                           5.1 If LTCI terminates the Executive's employment
                  hereunder for any reason, LTCI shall be obligated to pay to
                  the Executive, within 30 days of such termination all sums due
                  to Executive under this Agreement to the extent they have not
                  yet been paid, without offset or deduction other than required
                  withholding amounts; to the extent that any stock options
                  issued to the Executive have not yet vested as of the date
                  that LTCI terminates Executive, the vesting of such options
                  shall proceed on schedule notwithstanding such termination. If
                  Executive terminates his employment hereunder for a reason not
                  relating to the Company's breach hereof, the unpaid sums due
                  under sections 3.1 and 3.3 will be paid within 30 days,
                  without offset or deduction other than required withholding
                  amounts; the salary to be paid under section 3.2 will continue
                  to be paid monthly, without offset or deduction other than
                  required withholding amounts; Executive shall have no
                  obligation to mitigate damages; if Executive is employed by or
                  performs any services for a competitor to LTFS or any of its
                  affiliates, Executive shall resign from the Board of LTFS.


                           5.2 In the event of the Executive's death during the
                  Term, this Agreement shall be terminated, except that LTCI
                  shall pay to the Executive's spouse or designated beneficiary,
                  if he is survived by a spouse or designated beneficiary, or if
                  not, to his estate (1) any unpaid Base Salary earned through
                  the date of death; (2) the Additional Compensation, if any, to
                  the extent not already paid; (3) instead of any remaining
                  payments due under section 3.2, 12 months' salary, paid
                  monthly, not to extend beyond the end of the term; (4)
                  benefits under section 3.4 continuing throughout the remainder
                  of the term.

                             5.3 For the avoidance of doubt, the following
                  provisions shall survive the termination of this Agreement for
                  any reason: Sections 3.2,3.3,3.4,3.6,3.8 and 5. In addition,
                  LTFS shall be jointly responsible for and guarantee the
                  obligations hereunder of LTCI and Ladenburg Capital Management

         6. NON-ASSIGNMENT. This Agreement and all of the Executive's rights and
obligations hereunder are personal to the Executive and shall not be assignable;
PROVIDED, HOWEVER, that upon his death all of the Executive's rights to cash
payments under this Agreement shall inure to the benefit of his widow, personal
representatives, designees or other legal representatives, as the case may be.
Any person, firm or corporation succeeding to the business of the Company by
merger, purchase, consolidation or otherwise may assume by contract or operation
of law the obligations of the Company hereunder, PROVIDED, HOWEVER, that the
Company shall, notwithstanding such assumption, remain liable and responsible
for the fulfillment of its obligations under this Agreement. This Agreement
shall be binding upon the parties, their successors, heirs, administrators and
permitted assigns.


                           7.1 NOTICES.Any notice or other communication
                  required or permitted hereunder shall be in writing and shall
                  be delivered personally, telegraphed, telexed, sent by
                  facsimile transmission or sent by certified, registered or


                  express mail, postage prepaid. Any such notice shall be deemed
                  given when so delivered personally, telegraphed, telexed, or
                  sent by facsimile transmission or, if mailed, five days after
                  the date of deposit in the United States mail, as follows:

                           (i)      if to the Company, to:
                                    Ladenburg Thalmann & Co. Inc.
                                    590 Madison Avenue
                                    New York, NY  10022
                                    Attention:  Mr. Victor M. Rivas

                           (ii)     if to the Executive, to;

                                    Mr. Richard J. Rosenstock
                                    78 Tammy's Lane
                                    Muttontown, NY  11791

                           Any party may change its address for notice hereunder
                  by notice to the other party hereto.

                           7.2 ENTIRE AGREEMENT.This Agreement contains the
                  entire agreement between the parties with respect to the
                  subject matter hereof and supersedes all prior
                  representations, warranties and agreements, written or oral,
                  with respect thereto. To the extent not expressly mentioned
                  herein, all provisions of the Amended Agreement are no longer
                  in effect.

                           7.3 WAIVERS AND AGREEMENTS. This Agreement may be
                  amended, modified, superseded, canceled, renewed or extended,
                  and the terms and conditions hereof may be waived, only by a
                  written instrument signed by the parties or, in the case of a
                  waiver, by the party waiving compliance. No delay on the part
                  of any party in exercising any right, power or privilege
                  hereunder shall operate as a waiver thereof, nor shall any
                  waiver on the part of any party of any right, power or
                  privilege hereunder, nor any single or partial exercise of any
                  right, power or privilege hereunder preclude any other or
                  further exercise thereof or the exercise of any other right,
                  power or privilege hereunder.


                           7.4 GOVERNING LAW. This Agreement shall be governed
                  by and construed in accordance with the substantive laws of
                  the State of New York, without regard to its principle of
                  conflicts of law.

                           7.5 COUNTERPARTS. This Agreement may be executed in
                  counterparts, each of which shall be deemed an original but
                  both of which together shall constitute one and the same

                           7.6 HEADINGS. The headings in this Agreement are for
                  reference purposes only and shall not in any way affect the
                  meaning or interpretation of this Agreement.

         8. ARBITRATION. Section 15 of the Original Agreement, as amended in the
Amended Agreement, shall continue in effect.

         9. SEVERABILITY. Whenever possible, each provision of this Agreement
will be interpreted in such manner as to be effective and valid under applicable
law, but if any provision of this Agreement is held to be invalid, illegal or
unenforceable in any respect under any applicable law or rule in any
jurisdiction, such invalidity, illegality or unenforceability will not affect
any other provision or any other jurisdiction, but this Agreement will be
reformed, construed and enforced in such jurisdiction as if such invalid,
illegal or unenforceable provision had never been contained herein.

         IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have executed this Agreement as of
December 31, 2002.

  The Representations As to LCMI            Ladenburg Thalmann Financial .
  Set Forth In Section 3.7 Above             Services Inc
  Are Hereby Confirmed By the
  Undersigned As To Themselves

  /s/ Victor M. Rivas                       By:  /s/ Victor M. Rivas
  --------------------------------          ----------------------------------
             Victor M. Rivas

  /s/ Joseph Giovanniello
  --------------------------------          Ladenburg Thalmann & Co. Inc
      Joseph Giovanniello

                                            By: /s/ Joseph Giovanniello

                                            Ladenburg Capital Management Inc.

                                            By: /s/ Joseph Giovanniello

                                               /s/ Richard J. Rosenstock
                                                   Richard J. Rosenstock