Donald O. Dempster, CFA
Don brings over 20 years of investment management and business experience to his role as a founding partner and President of DLK. His background as an accountant with the Securities and Exchange Commission and later as an equity analyst and product manager provides a comprehensive foundation for steering the firm. Don successfully led several investment management and consulting firms in his capacity as COO. More recently as a member of a team at a local San Diego firm where he met Charlie and Ted, Don was instrumental in the development of a domestic long-short equity fund as well as holding responsibility for the compliance group.
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). A member of the CFA Society of San Diego, Don also sits on the St. John the Evangelist School Board and the University of San Diego Planned Giving Committee. Don lives in Encinitas with his wife and three children.
Theodore J. Kay
Ted is a founding partner and responsible for the investment selection, research process and client portfolio management at DLK Investment Management. His background includes the design and implementation of performance measurement solutions for independent investment managers, family offices, hedge funds and banks.
Ted graduated with a B.S. in Finance and Entrepreneurship from the University of Arizona. He lives in Point Loma with his wife and two children, and is a director of several local nonprofit organizations.
Charles G. King
As a trusted adviser to generations of families, Charlie King’s independent research techniques have been honed over 45 years of managing uncertainty with long-term investment strategies. A lifelong San Diego resident, Charlie’s work has given learning opportunities to children from all walks of life. He is Chairman of the College Opportunity Foundation, Board member of the Elementary Institute of Science, the Boys & Girls Foundation, St. Augustine High School, a member of the District Eagle Scout Review Board (and is former Scoutmaster of Troop 585 in La Jolla). Charlie is past President of the Estate Planning Council of San Diego, Financial Analyst Society of San Diego, the Lion’s Club of Downtown San Diego, and the University of San Diego Alumni Association.
He holds a B.B.A. from the University of San Diego. Charlie and his wife Maureen are blessed with four children and five grandchildren.
Brian S. Johnson
Brian has been working in the financial service industry with individuals and institutional investors for a decade. His background includes both equity and fixed income research, building custom portfolios, and trading these positions throughout the market. With this background and former experience as President and CCO of Anchor Bay Capital, Inc., an investment advisory firm, Brian has designed investment solutions to meet even the most challenging portfolio requirements. He also served on the board of directors for over five years providing growth strategies to accelerate earnings and profitability. Brian joined DLK Investment Management where he is utilizing his skills to help grow the high net worth business and implement strategic and tactical portfolio investment solutions.
Brian Graduated with a B.A. in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from California State University San Bernardino.