Lead Advisor, Principal
Brett Pernicano


  • University of Washington BA Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance

Professional Organizations

  • CFA Institute and CFA Society of San Diego, Inc.

  • Corporate Directors Forum

  • Chairmen's RoundTable

  • ProVisors

  • Institute for Divorce Financial AnalystsTM

Community Involvement

  • Promises 2 Kids, Board Member

With over fifteen years of experience in the financial services industry, Brett has provided clients with financial guidance in areas including asset management and comprehensive financial planning.

Brett holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®), Certified Divorce Financial Analyst®Chartered Financial Consultant® (ChFC®), and Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU®) designations. He completed his undergraduate work at the University of Washington with a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance.

As a third generation San Diegan, Brett has deep roots in the community. Brett currently resides in Del Sur with his wife and their two children. During his down time, he enjoys playing beach volleyball, snowboarding, and golf.

Why did you join Dowling & Yahnke? 

I have been in the financial services industry for over 10 years. Once I saw firsthand the culture of D&Y, I knew there was no better place to work. We have an amazing team that work in partnership to deliver unparalleled service to clients. I feel honored to be part of the team. 

Why did you become a financial advisor? 

The opportunity to help clients achieve their financial goals. It is a tremendous responsibility that I feel honored to have every day. 

What is your favorite spot in San Diego? 

The boardwalk between Mission Beach and La Jolla. For many years, I have run the boardwalk and feel thankful for the amazing city that I call home. 

What is your favorite vacation destination?

Anywhere I can snowboard. In the winter, I love to take family trips to the mountains. 

Which hobby are you most passionate about? 

Golf. I grew up playing the game and love its constant challenge. Considering I love to travel, golf is one of the few sports that can take you to some of the most exotic and breathtaking places in the world.