At 38, Taylor Easley has an admirably young clientele. Half of the $35 million he manages belongs to clients younger than 40 with investable assets between $500,000 and $15 million. The focus of this native Hawaiian: surfers, or filmmakers and personalities connected to the surfing industry.

After building a book of $90 million with a partner at Morgan Stanley, Easley opened his own business, Easley & Associates, two years ago in Kailua and Kona, offering securities through Raymond James just as the market bottomed. He rode the market up, providing support and education to young men, many of them friends who knew little about money.

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