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Chris Cox

Senior Partner

Chris has been in the financial services industry since 1995. He began his career in the Life Insurance Industry with Franklin Life Insurance Company. He became an independent advisor in 2002 and has worked diligently to serve his clients in the area of retirement planning and wealth management.

Chris moved to Arizona from Sioux Falls, South Dakota after being an insurance and investment planner there for 14 years. Many of Chris’s clients were Arizona “Snowbirds”, which caused he and his wife, Beth, to travel to Tucson in the winter season so that he could better service and review the portfolios of his Midwestern clients. They fell in love with the Arizona climate and decided to relocate full time in 2005. He and Beth have enjoyed the mild winters in Oro Valley ever since.

Chris grew up in the small town of York, Nebraska where his mother was a school teacher and his father owned and operated a clothing business for 39 years. Chris learned at a young age the importance of customer service and that loyalty and trust comes from treating people as you would want to be treated. As much as Chris loves serving Smith & Cox clients, he has one other great passion, coaching youth sports. He is a basketball coach at a local high school, Ironwood Ridge. Making an impact in the lives of young adults and being a “life coach” is something he gets tremendous satisfaction from. He feels that coaching brings balance to his life. When time permits Chris enjoys golfing, fishing, and hunting in South Dakota and Nebraska with family and friends. Chris has been married to his wife Beth for 21 years. Together, they have a daughter named Kaylor who is active in writing music and performing with her country band. They also have a son Trey who began High School in 2016, who loves to hunt, play golf, and is passionate about the game of basketball.

Favorite quote? “You will get everything out of life that you want if you help enough others get what they want.” –Zig Zigler

Favorite holiday? Christmas, people’s hearts are joyful around that time of year.

What are you most proud of? The children Beth & I have raised and the positive impact that they make on those around them.

Who is your role model? My parents. They taught me work ethic and how to serve others. They taught me that positive energy and trusted relationships make the world a better place.

Hidden talent/interest? Duck calling and the challenge that comes with trying to speak their language.

Best piece of financial advice you’ve ever received? Pay yourself first because it goes away quickly!

What do you love most about your job at Smith & Cox Retirement Planners? The role is extremely satisfying. When others look to me for guidance and allow me to make a financial impact in their lives and increase their quality of life, it is extremely gratifying. Being able to serve others is what I love the most.

Andy Smith & Chris Cox

Andy Smith and Chris Cox have over 40 years of combined experience in the financial services industry. A full service and comprehensive firm, they are aligned with some of Southern Arizona's trusted professional's who understand the responsibility of expert advice.
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