HOW WE BEGAN
Gary Gordon grew up just outside of White Plains, New York. Gary’s great grandfather was a Jewish immigrant who came through Ellis Island from Russia. It was known that he, and Gary’s grandfather, lost most of their savings during the Stock Market Crash of 1929, never quite recovering in the Great Depression.
In October of 1987, the Dow Jones Industrials Average plummeted 22.6% in a single day. Gary had been living and working in Taiwan during the collapse. He was able to witness the bursting of a global financial bubble firsthand, and it encouraged him to learn more about his family’s experiences in the late 1920s and early 1930s.
After the completion of his MS degree at San Diego State University in the early ‘90s, Gary began working for a large, multinational insurance company in Hong Kong. Signs of questionable business practices designed to boost stock share prices convinced Gary that busts were as inevitable as booms.
When Gary returned to the U.S., he joined a financial firm that provided newsletter guidance as well as investment management. By 1998, he became the co-host (a.k.a. the “G-Man”) on a national financial talk radio show.
Gary explained to show listeners that stock prices in 2000 possessed the classic markings of a bubble. As a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) on the program, he encouraged people to adopt many of the same unemotional strategies that he had been using with his own investments.
Between 2000 and 2002, the bursting of the dot-com bubble decimated Nasdaq-heavy stock prices. Many investors lost 75% to 80% of their money. In contrast, radio show listeners and e-list readers expressed gratitude to Gary for warning about the stock bubble.
Gary started Pacific Park Financial, Inc. in 2002. His mission? Grow Pacific Park portfolios while minimizing the threat of stock market disasters.