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Gold Coast Securities (GCS) is a full-service securities broker-dealer and registered investment adviser serving investors and investment professionals. Headquartered in Thousand Oaks, California and operating through locally owned offices, GCS and our investment professionals are committed to helping you achieve your investment objectives through high quality service and sound investment products.

Our investment professionals adhere to the highest standards of the financial services profession and place the needs of their clients first and foremost. To enable our investment professionals to offer you high quality products and services to help you meet your investment goals, Gold Coast Securities has partnered with a broad array of some of the most well-known and respected names in the investment and financial services industry.

For execution and clearing services, GCS has partnered with Pershing LLC (Pershing). Pershing is a subsidiary of the Bank of New York Mellon Corporation. Pershing is one of the largest and most respected securities clearing firms in the nation. Pershing provides the highest level of excess account protection available in the investment industry today. The Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC) provides $500,000 of coverage, including $250,000 for claims for cash awaiting reinvestment. The account protection applies when a SIPC member firm fails financially and is unable to meet its obligations to its securities clients. The account protection, however, does not protect against losses from the rise and fall in the market value of investments. More information about SIPC is available from their web site at For customers with accounts held at Pershing, coverage in excess of SIPC limits is available through Pershing from certain underwriters in Lloyd’s insurance market and other commercial insurers. The policy provides for an aggregate loss limit of $1 billion for eligible securities over all client accounts with a per client loss limit of $1.9 million for cash awaiting reinvestment within the aggregate loss limit of $1 billion. More information about Lloyd’s is available from their web site at

Our Leadership Team

Tae P. Ho

As President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Ho is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the firm. While maintaining day-to-day management of GCS, Mr. Ho is also responsible for the legal and compliance functions of the firm.

Prior to joining GCS, Mr. Ho practiced law and has held a variety of positions in the financial services industry. Mr. Ho's industry experience includes overseeing the legal and compliance functions with Select Capital Corporation and Select Advisors, Inc. as their Senior Vice President of Compliance and General Counsel. Mr. Ho also served as Director of Compliance for National Planning Corporation where he was responsible for a variety of regulatory and compliance matters.

Mr. Ho earned his BA in economics and political science from the University of Washington and his JD from the University of Oregon School of Law. He is a member of the State Bar Association of California and holds the following securities licenses: Series 4, 7, 24, 27, 53, 63 and 65.

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Sally Y. Tamano

As Senior Vice President of Operations, Ms. Tamano is responsible for the back-office operations of the firm. In this capacity, Ms. Tamano oversees new accounts, trading, and portfolio management.

Ms. Tamano has over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry. Most recently, Ms. Tamano spent 19 years with London Pacific Securities and London Pacific Advisors. With the London Pacific companies, Ms. Tamano held a variety of senior management positions including the posts of Senior Vice President of Operations, Senior Vice President of Risk Management, and Senior Vice President of Portfolio Management.

Ms. Tamano earned her BA in sociology from the California State University at San Francisco. Ms. Tamano also holds the Series 4, 7, 24, 53, 55, 63 and 65 securities licenses and is licensed for the sale of fixed and variable insurance contracts with the California Department of Insurance.

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Joyce Ferguson

Ms. Ferguson serves GCS as Vice President of Human Resources. In this capacity, Ms. Ferguson is responsible for all human resources matters as well as the licensing and registration functions for the firm.

Ms. Ferguson has over 18 years of experience in the financial services industry. Her experience includes working within compliance, licensing, registration, and human resources departments of securities broker-dealers and investment advisers. Prior to joining GCS, Ms. Ferguson served as Assistant Vice President of Licensing and Registrations with London Pacific Securities.

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