Our Team

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Barrett Ethington, CLU®

Founder and Managing Partner

Barrett Ethington, CLU® is the Founder and Managing Partner of Ethington Financial Group. He is the youngest of four children and enjoys spending time with his family and friends. Barrett’s many hobbies include fly-fishing the Provo River, backpacking the Wind River Range, and running/hiking/camping wherever the outdoors call him.

A native to Salt Lake City and raised in the LDS church, Barrett was fortunate to serve his two-year mission in Dublin, Ireland, before returning home to pursue various careers while he attended college. In 2007, Barrett aligned himself with Apple as the Sales Lead of Utah, and spent the next five years growing his team. Interestingly, Barrett played an integral part in Apple’s point of sale development for US and Canada, splitting time between Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California and Salt Lake.

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After absorbing valuable leadership experience with Apple, Barrett decided to pursue his career in finance—a childhood dream. Partnering with the Fortune 100 insurance and investment firm, New York Life, in May of 2013, he took great pride in helping to provide peace of mind to his community, through comprehensive and strategic planning. In 2015, Barrett was promoted to Development Manager for the state of Utah as well as territories in Wyoming and Idaho, where he was responsible for the development and oversight of their new and established Agents and Advisors.

A consummate professional, Barrett has switched roles and became a Financial Adviser, and has dedicated himself to his continued learning, in order to offer his clients the most current and advanced solutions. He holds his Series 7, 66 and 26 with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and is a designated Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU®) through the American College of Finance. Barrett is affiliated with the New York Life Insurance Company, its investments subsidiary NYLIFE Securities LLC, and its financial planning subsidiary Eagle Strategies. He is proud to be a qualifying member (2019, 2020) of the international Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT)*, and is an avid member of the Salt Lake City Chapter of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA).

*MDRT, The Premier Association of Financial Professionals, is recognized globally as the standard of excellence for life insurance sales performance in the insurance and financial services industry.

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Ryan Gill

Partner

Ryan Gill spent most of his life living in Millcreek, Utah where he currently resides with his wife and 4 children. When not at work, Ryan spends his time enjoying his wonderful family. He values creating new memories with his family through traveling, serving, being outdoors and supporting his children in their personal endeavors.

An active member of the LDS Church, Ryan served his two-year mission in South Carolina. Upon his return, he joined the family business—Eckardt and Company, a successful and local building maintenance contractor. For 10 years, Ryan worked directly with building owners and property managers cultivating relationships and building trust. His management contributions coupled with his sales and marketing expertise doubled the company's revenue.

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Ryan acquired his general contractors license and his real estate license in 2006. He developed Summitt Builders, a residential construction company, from the ground-up to a financially viable company. His responsibilities included overseeing and managing the site plan, preparing and presenting bids, design and development of residential/commercial projects. His strength was his ability to listen, communicate and keep projects running efficiently.

A new venture led him to being hired by Apple Inc. as a leader in Business. He spent the next decade being a part of unparalleled technology and cutting edge products. His experience on the business team provided him the opportunity to acquire and build solid relationships with Business clients. He worked with over 200 companies throughout the Wasatch front to educate, provide valuable service and aiding companies in implementing strategies, which helped them grow their business.

One of Ryan’s greatest mentors is his Grandfather, Richard Wells, a successful business owner and respected community leader. His grandfather often said, “find out what you love to do and then find a way to get paid for it.” This is something that Ryan has discovered in all areas of his careers. Ryan’s desire to serve and provide guidance to people is what ultimately led him to his career at New York Life. Ryan is passionate about advocating for financial and insurance strategies. He takes pride in helping to bring business owners and families financial security. There’s something inspiring about the creation of a strategy, setting it into motion and seeing its benefits come to fruition. Ryan’s accolades in his time with New York Life include achieving the following sales awards, a Career Life Summit Award and achieving Executive Council** Status in his first two consecutive years. Ryan’s partnership at Ethington Financial Group is integral in the success of our clients and our firm.

**Council is an annual company recognition program based on agent production from July 1-June 30.

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Brodie Pearson, CLU®, ChFC®

Partner

Brodie Pearson is a partner at Ethington Financial Group, and has opened up the Southern Utah office. Brodie has been helping clients since 2012 by utilizing a system focused on guidance, protection, and solutions. He has furthered his education in the financial industry by studying at the American College, and achieving the designations of Charted Financial Consultant and Chartered Life Underwriter. He also has no intention to slow down in furthering his education where it will benefit his clients in any way.

He was born and grew up in Utah, and enjoys the many outdoor activities Utah has to offer. He married his high school sweetheart, Jodi, in 2005, and has two great kids Nyanna and Roren. Brodie served four years in the Marine Corp, where he was grateful and humbled to serve our great country. He is active in his community, and serves as a member of Local Santa Clara Kiwanis. Brodie is constantly moving and enjoys spending as much time outside as he can.

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Clinton Stosich, CLTC®

Senior Associate & Employee Benefits Specialist

Clint Stosich, Senior Associate at Ethington Financial Group was born in Evanston, IL and moved to Idaho Falls at the age of two. Clint graduated from Idaho Falls High School and furthered his education at Utah State University where he received his Bachelor of Science degree. From a young age he participated in many sports eventually finding his true joy in ice hockey. Even though he started the sport later than many others, he worked hard to improve his skills and went on to play ice hockey at Utah State University. Clint is passionate about his love for USU and if you pass him on the street with any sort of Aggie garb, you will likely be interrupted with a “GO AGGIES” chant from him.

A proud husband and father of two beautiful children, he lives with his family in Millcreek, Utah. Clint has a variety of hobbies and interests including woodworking, gardening, and spending time with his family. Clint can still be found on the ice, playing hockey weekly with friends.

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Clint recognizes the importance of protecting one’s family both today and in the future. His passion now is to help individuals and families realize that they can create the life they dream of with proper guidance and support.

Starting in the insurance business in February of 2016, Clint has become a valuable resource in many areas, specifically employee benefits, qualified retirement plans, income solutions, and long term care planning for our clients. He is part of the prestigious AARP partner program and qualified for the Executive Council in 2019. Additionally, Clint holds his Series 7 and 66 with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and is designated as Certified in Long Term Care(CLTC®). Clint is affiliated with the New York Life Insurance Company, its investments subsidiary NYLIFE Securities LLC, and its financial planning subsidiary Eagle Strategies. We are fortunate to have him as part of our team.

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Brandon Williams

Senior Associate

Brandon Williams, a Senior Associate at Ethington Financial Group was born and raised in Valencia, California. Uniquely, Brandon is a triplet and the middle of four children. Brandon left his hometown to serve a two year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Dublin, Ireland. Following his mission, he attended Brigham Young University to study business and finance. He now resides in Vineyard, Utah with his wife and four young children. Brandon enjoys spending time with his family, cooking, traveling, camping, golfing and anything that takes him to the beach. 

Brandon started his sales and management career at Vivint. From its humble beginnings as APX Alarm, he helped grow their National Inside Sales team into an industry leader in smart home automation. After eight years with Vivint, he was recruited by Wyndham to help facilitate their prestigious Club Wyndham program. Within his five year career with the company, he achieved President’s Club and Million Dollar Club status four years in a row.

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With fifteen years of sales and leadership experience, Brandon brings undying integrity, transparency and an inherent ability to see the big picture. Brandon believes that everyone deserves to have financial peace of mind in knowing that their future and loved ones are properly cared for. He is driven to help others protect what they value most through the comprehensive planning process found at Ethington Financial Group.

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Benjamin Pettit

Associate

Benjamin Pettit is a Salt Lake City native who enjoys smiling, making his friends and family feel important and serving others. He finds most of his days in the classroom trying to better himself as he pursues his higher education in Business Finance.

Over the last five years, Benjamin has been working in the real estate industry specializing in property management. Through the experience in property management an immense desire to understand real estate and other investments was created. One month after he married the love of his life, they purchased their first home in Millcreek Utah. With a great deal of remodeling work, Benjamin now has his first investment property and a better understanding of how hard work pays off. In 2020 Benjamin became licensed in Real Estate which has increased his knowledge and experience. This experience in real estate investing led to curiosity in other ways individuals can become financially secure. This brought him to Ethington Financial Group where he is a Service Assistant to the team.

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Aside from his invested time in collegiate learning and his invested time and money in real estate, Benjamin likes to be outside. Fishing, mountain biking and skiing are some of his favorite pastimes that bring him peace.

His religious ambitions lead him to serve a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to the people of the Philippines. His mission sparked a greater love for the Filipino people. So much, that in the summer of 2022, he and his wife will return to the Philippines through an international internship to teach entrepreneurship and help people create financial security.

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Michelle Gord

Service Manager/Licensed Services Associate

Michelle Gord is the Service Manager/Licensed Services Associate of Ethington Financial Group, and was born and raised in Ogden, Utah, prior to settling down in the Salt Lake Valley to raise her family. She proudly serves on the Board of the Southwest Valley Women in Business association, and is an Ambassador for the South Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Michelle’s college study of clothing and textiles led her to pursue a textiles retail career working for companies such as Weinstock’s, Banana Republic, Village Whites Shoppe at Gardner Village and Nordstrom. This led to other pursuits with other companies where she developed customer service and sales experience spanning over three decades.

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Prior to joining the Ethington Financial Group, Michelle began her career in finance as a Licensed Agent with the New York Life Insurance Company. There, she utilized her talents and expertise in customer service to help pre-retirees create lifetime income strategies. She also provided support to business owners.

Michelle is a cheerful and compassionate nurturer who connects with all in the circle of her influence, supporting all in gaining self-sufficiency, a change allowing for greater peace, harmony and joy. Michelle truly feels it is a blessing to be using all her talents and abilities in her ideal career position doing service and work that she loves. Her success comes from her quiet strength, kindness, calm demeanor, detail-orientedness, being a good listener, and her pleasant persistence with follow through.

Michelle is married with 3 children and 3 grandchildren. In her spare time she enjoys sewing, cooking, hiking, biking, camping, travel, doing service for those in need and is always delighted to sit at a table with family and friends sharing Korean food which she acquired a love for when previously doing church service and teaching English in Korea.

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Shari Kay

Service Assistant

Shari Kay is a Utah native growing up in Salt Lake and South Jordan. Shari started her working career as retirement counselor at the Utah State Retirement Office. It was here she learned of the importance of planning for the future and retirement. More recently she worked as an HR manager at Harmons Inc. in Salt Lake City.

Shari has always enjoyed working with people. She is intuitive, empathetic and excels at working with people in every capacity. Well-liked by all, she has spent her life dedicated to providing service to her family and others. She’s held various volunteer positions in her son’s schools, As the commissioner of her son’s baseball league, as well as a coach, and chaired the Utah centennial committee for Juab county.

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Along with her husband and four sons, Shari spent thirteen years living in Europe including Belgium, Czech Republic, Italy and Poland. While abroad she volunteered at many International and American Schools and women’s organizations where she made life-long friends with people from all over the world.

After 13 years abroad, Shari and her family returned to Utah. Since then, she has been busy studying and has earned certifications in interior decorating and redesign, wedding and event planning, and is also a certified professional organizer. Her organizational skills, coupled with her love of people and excellent work ethic, makes Shari an important member of the Ethington Financial Group team.