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About Us

Disciplined Pursuit of Quality

We are a boutique investment advisory firm with institutional quality practices that are applied to all aspects of our business. Our approach allows us to focus on the most important aspect of our job: creating long-term value for our clients.

Founded in 2009 as an independent, employee owned firm, we offer an investment approach focused on quality designed for long-term investors that are seeking to outperform the equity market with less volatility. DLK is a diverse team of professionals who have experience in multiple areas of investment management, on both the advisor and client side.

Clients are Always at the Center and our Top Priority

At DLK we are 100% employee-owned with institutional quality practices for operations, compliance and client reporting. We address unique client needs through our proven equity management along with fixed income being used within a balanced framework at various allocations.

Meet the Team

Each financial professional at DLK has extensive experience in managing client portfolios. Our clients are able to benefit from our collaborative insights to leverage a depth of expertise that enables us to deliver reliable, proven results.

Donald Dempster, CFA

Donald O. Dempster, CFA

President and COO

Don is a founding partner of DLK with over 25 years experience encompassing investment management, operations, accounting, and compliance (was previously with SEC). Don was also previously with Rice Hall James & Associates where he led the compliance group among other responsibilities. A veteran of the US Army, Don holds a B.S. in Finance from the University of Idaho and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

Donald Dempster, CFA

Theodore J. Kay

Portfolio Management and Research

Ted is a founding partner with oversight of DLK’s research and investment process along with portfolio construction and risk management for all of DLK’s investment offerings. Prior to DLK, Ted was with Rice Hall James and Associates where he worked with Donald Dempster and Charlie King. Ted graduated with a B.S. in Finance and Entrepreneurship from the University of Arizona.

Donald Dempster, CFA

Brian S. Johnson

Portfolio Management and Research

Brian has been in the financial services industry for over 15 years with an extensive background in both fixed income and equity management. At DLK, he oversees fixed income management including those for balanced allocations along with conducting equity research and trading for DLK’s strategies. He graduated with a B.A. from California State University San Bernardino.

Donald Dempster, CFA

Charles G. King

Portfolio Management and Research

Charlie began his career in 1963 which includes a 34 year stint at Rice Hall James & Associates in San Diego where he served as a trusted investment manager and advisor to many families and foundations. Charlie’s volunteer service in the San Diego community is extensive and quite exemplary where he has served in many leadership roles. Charlie holds a B.B.A. degree from the University of San Diego.

Donald Dempster, CFA

Peter J. Johnson


Pete has over 34 years of experience in client service, sales, and marketing, along with managing distribution efforts for leading financial institutions. He currently serves as a business partner and advisor to DLK. Pete holds a B.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and is very active through the university with various organizations that benefit students and the military.