Get to know Chris Cox
Founder, Managing Director
Chris Cox is the Founder and Managing Director of Cornerstone Retirement Resources, LLC. Cornerstone is an independent retirement resource firm that works with retirees and pre-retirees in building a sound foundation for their personal retirement future. Chris has been in the financial services industry for over 25 years and values his role much deeper than simply handling people’s money. Because he believes that family, serving others and creating trusted relationships are what matter most in life, Chris founded Cornerstone as a relationship-based firm to encompass all of those important aspects.
Chris grew up in the small town of York, Nebraska, where his mother was a schoolteacher and his father owned and operated a clothing business for 39 years. He learned the importance of customer service at a young age, and that loyalty and trust come from treating people as you want to be treated. Beginning his career in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, he was fortunate enough to have significant leaders shape him into the man he is today. Their leadership empowered Chris to look beyond transactions and understand that trust and integrity are more important than anything else in the business. With this understanding, Chris found his passion in life through serving others as a mentor, life-coach and trusted resource. After 14 years of business in the Midwest, Chris and his family relocated to Tucson, Arizona, in 2007, where he had regularly visited to better serve his “snowbird” clients.
Chris is proud of the fact that Cornerstone is family owned and operated, with his wife and daughter working alongside him to care for Cornerstone clients. Chris has been happily married for 25-plus years and has two children. Outside of the financial industry, Chris has a tremendous passion for coaching youth sports and making an impact in the lives of young adults. He enjoyed coaching his son throughout childhood and currently coaches baseball at Canyon Del Oro High School. This team-oriented mentality that Chris embodies led to the creation of Cornerstone’s Local Retirement Team – trusted individuals in different areas of life to serve our Cornerstone clients at the same standards we hold ourselves to. Chris’ motto: “We can’t do it all; it takes a team!”
Throughout his 25 years in the industry, Chris has learned the value of building lifelong relationships with people who want to be treated as individuals, rather than just numbers. He recognizes that everyone has a story, and every story matters. Whether it be providing confidence through financial means, or simply being a trusted resource to improve other areas of life, Chris will always honor the opportunity to make a positive impact in the lives of others.
Favorite quote: “You can get everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.” – Zig Zigler
What are you most proud of: The family that Beth and I have raised and have grown up around and with on both sides of the families.
Who is your role model: My parents. They both taught me that how you treat others truly matters and that our world needs people to genuinely serve others.
Hidden talent/interest: Being ambidextrous. I play tennis with my left hand and ping pong with my right hand.
What do you love most about your job at Cornerstone: The client relationships that we form with people, and the ability to impact their lives in such a meaningful way.