BRETT T. BAILEY: A Broker in a Wet
spent his teenage years near the ocean in Bricktown,
N.J., Brett T. Bailey seemed to pass whole seasons
wearing a wet suit &emdash; whether it was winter,
spring, summer or fall. "It was hard to get him out of
the water," said his father, Kevin Bailey. "He loved
surfing. He loved swimming. He loved anything athletic.
He was very playful."
Mr. Bailey, 28, worked as a lifeguard when he was a
teenager but there was little question that after college
he would become a broker, like his father and three
uncles before him. "The financial world is kind of in his
blood," Kevin Bailey said. He worked on the floor of the
New York Stock Exchange before taking a job as an options
broker three years ago with Euro Brokers in 2 World Trade
Mr. Bailey was a determined athlete. He started the
summer with a 26 handicap in golf. By September, his
handicap was down to 19. "That tells you what he was like
when he set his mind to something," said his father. "But
one of the most interesting things about Brett was his
ability to make friends very quickly, almost upon meeting
them. He had such a diverse group of friends. From the
New England fisherman to the Wall Street broker, they
were all equal to him."