First Vice President - Investments


Gary is a long-time resident of San Diego and has been in the financial services industry for 18 years. Prior to joining AWM, Mr. Polakoff was a Vice President and Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley where he led the Polakoff Group and was responsible for managing the client portfolios. He focuses on liabilities, debt management, risk management, and assisting clients with wealth management and lending solutions. Prior to starting a new career as a financial advisor, Gary was a successful San Diego business owner in the auto industry for 29 years. He is a Rotarian, Shriner and former board member of the San Diego Chapter of the National Conference of Christians and Jews. He and his wife Carol have four children, and seven grandchildren.



First Vice President – Investments


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In 2017, AWM Global Advisors was ranked by Advisory HQ as one of the top 10 Wealth Advisors in San Diego. AdvisoryHQ considered at a wide range of factors in the selection process including fiduciary duty, independence, transparency, level of customized service and years of experience amongst others. Details of the selection process can be found in the link below. Firms do not pay a fee to be selected nor are they advised that they are under consideration until after the selection is made. No employees or clients were interviewed during the selection process. Third-party recognition from rating services are no guarantee of future investment success. Working with a highly-rated advisor does not ensure that a client or prospective client will experience a higher level of performance. Methodology for Ranking Top Advisors in the U.S and U.K.