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Brian Cox

Principal, Investment Advisor Representative

Brian Cox

Brian Cox

Managing Partner & Investment Advisor Representative

Email: briancox@pacificasset.com


Brian joined Pacific Asset Management in 2007 after graduating from the University of Portland with a degree in Business Finance.   Brian has worked extensively in all departments of Pacific Asset Management including operations, compliance, marketing, and investment management. 

Currently, Brian is serving as managing partner where his focus centers on ensuring all clients have a positive experience with the firm.  He also takes great pride in creating a culture that is comfortable, challenging, and enjoyable for the Pacific Asset Management team.  

“The trust our clients place in us is something we never take for granted.  We’re grateful to be able to work with a special group of people,” says Brian.  

Outside of the office Brian loves spending time with his wife, Stephanie, and two little girls.  He can also be found frequently on the golf course.  The Cox family has a strong passion for athletics as Brian serves as the head boys’ basketball coach at South Kitsap High School and Stephanie plays professional soccer for OL Reign out of Tacoma.  Stephanie also won a gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics!   


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Josh Morin, CPA, CFP®

Principal, Investment Advisor Representative

Josh Morin

Josh Morin, CPA, CFP®

Principal, Investment Advisor Representative


Josh is a native to the Pacific Northwest and has called Washington home since 2010. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) Professional. He first discovered his passion for financial planning while creating a financial plan for him and his wife to purchase their first home together.

Growing up in a small town in Oregon, Josh has always had a passion for helping others. As a boy, he earned the honor of Eagle Scout. While he may not remember everything he learned as a Scout, the one thing he has not forgotten are the values that were instilled into him from scouting. To this day, he still lives by the Scott Motto, which is be prepared, and the Scout law which represents twelve values every Boy Scout lives by. Clients can expect a trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent Advisor. When tailoring financial plans for clients Josh believes a good financial plan is much like the Scout Motto, it should be prepared for the unexpected. It is not to say that we can eliminate volatility, rather plan and be prepared for cash flow in all types of markets.

Josh is a true student of the industry and enjoys bringing simplicity to often complicated financial planning subjects. He is dedicated in helping clients save money, invest smarter, and retire confidently. He is a member of the Financial Planning Association and American Institute of CPAs.

Josh is a proud graduate from the University of Portland Pamplin School of Business, with a degree in Finance and Accounting.

Outside of work, Josh can be found watching football, gardening, bicycling, barbecuing with friends and family, or spending time with his wife and three children walking around Gig Harbor, their hometown.

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Don Cox

Founder, Principal, Investment Advisor Representative

Don Cox

Don Cox

Founder, Principal, Investment Advisor Representative


Don established the accounting firm of Donald Cox and Associates in 1981. In 1984, he partnered with Gary Lucy, and the firm was renamed Cox & Lucy CPA’s. Don practiced public accounting there until the firm was sold in 2010. 

Don has over 40 years experience and is an Investment Advisor Representative for Pacific Asset Management. 

Don resides in Gig Harbor with his wife Julie. They have two children, Jamie and Brian, as well as four grandchildren. Don enjoys growing dahlias, riding his motorcycle, boating and spending time with his kids and grandkids and dog Ellie.

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Ralph Latza, JD (California), LLM, CFP®

Investment Advisor Representative

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Ralph’s mission is to help those in transition make smart financial and informed life-decisions.   Retirement, aging in place, loss of a loved one, returning to the workplace – these are often times where people are treading in new waters.  

Ralph believes the best way to help people navigate these waters is by asking questions and active listening – skills build from years as a trial lawyer and his training as a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach® (CPCC).   His work centers on removing barriers and opening pathways for people to accomplish great things at whatever stage of life they find themselves.  

Ralph bridges these softer personal skills with robust problem-solving abilities from over 20 years as an attorney, financial planner, and tax practitioner. He remains licensed in California as a lawyer, with a masters in taxation (LL.M.).   Ralph’s undergrad degree is from Stanford University, and his JD is from University of Minnesota Law School.   

As a  CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) Professional, Ralph’s financial and investment planning experience spans across clients of all ages, as he has counseled those in the wealth distribution stage, as well as those building wealth through stock options and career advancement.

Ralph has been an active member of the San Francisco Chapter of the Financial Planning Association (FPASF).  There, his involvement and leadership helped create a vibrant and dynamic chapter, becoming the acting President in 2011 and Chair in 2012.  In 2015 the FPASF awarded Ralph the Heart of Financial Planning Award, the highest honor for the chapter.

In his spare time, Ralph loves a good story.  He enjoys how a life unfolds on the page or on the screen.  In his spare time, you may find him at a local coffee shop crafting his next screenplay or in his backyard, moving piles of dirt hoping to get something to grow or at the grill celebrating friends and family.

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Gary Lucy

Founder, Investment Advisor Representative

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Gary Lucy

Founder, Investment Advisor Representative


Gary has over 40 years of experience and teamed with Don Cox in 1984 to form the Cox and Lucy CPA firm. Gary practiced public accounting there until the firm was sold in 2010. In 1998, they shared a common goal to offer a distinctively different form of financial advisor services, establishing the investment advisor firm of Pacific Asset Management. Gary is an Investment Advisor Representative.

His passion for helping clients with their financial decisions, and for the prudent investment philosophy adopted by Pacific Asset Management, is what inspires Gary. Building long-term relationships that have created peace of mind for clients is what he believes sets Pacific Asset Management apart from other firms.

He has been married to JoAn since 1972 and they have two children and a grandson. Gary is an avid hiker, kayaker, acoustic guitar player and reader.

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Don Gardner

Investment Advisor Representative

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Investment Advisor Representative


With over 40 years of working with individuals and families, Don provides his clients with advanced knowledge and support. Helping his clients achieve their personalized financial objectives is his number one goal.

In the past four decades, Don spent most of his time working as a CPA with his own firm until 2019 when he sold it. He established the Shelton Pacific Asset Management office in 2001 and now works part time as an investment advisor representative for Pacific Asset Management and as a tax preparer for Northwest Accounting Group.

Don currently lives in Shelton, Washington on the Hammersley Inlet with Mary, his wife of 43 years. They like to refer to themselves as “Gardner’s by the Bay.” They raised four children and now have seven grandchildren. Don and Mary enjoy vacationing in Arizona, gardening and relaxing by “ignoring Wall Street and getting on with their lives.”

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Pam Sutton

Operations Manager

Pam Sutton

Pam Sutton

Operations Manager


As an operations manager, Pam makes sure that the office is running smoothly while onboarding new clients, managing office events and working with advisors. Pam is dedicated to instilling trust and peace of mind with clients as they are guided towards achieving their financial goals.

Pam graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in communications and a minor in business. Since then, she has had many years of experience in sales, marketing, customer service and management. These experiences have contributed to her passion for providing excellent service to her clients.

Outside of work Pam is an avid traveler. She has traveled 30,000 miles around the United States with her husband and their dog, visiting 19 national parks throughout their journey. She also finds joy in volunteering, skiing, playing tennis, biking and creating family adventures with her husband and three children.

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Deborah Schmidt

Operations Manager

Deborah Schmidt

Deborah Schmidt

Operations Manager


Deborah joined Pacific Asset Management in October of 2018. She graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with her Bachelor of Science degree and was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame in cross country. 

Deborah has spent the last 20 years managing and operating both small and large non-profit organizations. As a longtime resident of Gig Harbor and a committed volunteer, she has spent many years volunteering in the Peninsula School District and with the WSU Master Gardeners. Deborah loves working for an organization that is committed to serving its community.

Deborah has lived in the Gig Harbor Area for the past 30 years with her husband and three children. In her free time, Deborah continues to run and spend time traveling, gardening and keeping honey bees as well as watching her husband and kids run ultra-marathons and trail races.

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