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Bryan Longpre

Senior Vice President, Morgan Stanley

A torn elbow in 2012 ended Bryan Longpre’s dreams of moving up to the Toronto Blue Jays from its minor league affiliates, but he had “a great backup plan.” Having worked two years during the off-season at Morgan Stanley in Pasadena, California, he joined an advising team led by his since-retired high school basketball coach. Longpre, 32, and another adviser, with a staff of three, manage almost $700 million. “I always saw sports as a team effort, and that’s the way this business was built and is run,” said Longpre, who holds a CFP and an MBA.

Originally thinking he would specialize in serving successful athletes, he jokes that “pro athletes make awful clients; I’d rather mentor young athletes who aren’t earning a lot and need guidance.” Longpre also provides personal finance basics at Ascencia, a local nonprofit tackling homelessness in new ways, where he cooks meals and chairs the development committee.

While he loved pro sports, Longpre says he has never looked back. “I see the impact I’m making on people’s lives, which I didn’t get in baseball.”

Evan Cooper