Ranked #8 on
Forbes Top RIA List
(2023)
#5 Independent Advisor in 2023
(#1 in 2017-2020, 2022)
Leaders of Influence,
Wealth Management (2023)
Banking and
Finance Visionary
(2022-2023)

Dustin Gale, CFP®, CPWA®

Senior Wealth Advisor

Start Date
Industry: 2005
KAR: 2015
Education

B.S. in Business Administration and Finance,
University of Arizona’s Eller College
of Management

Prior Work Experience
  • Private Banker, Vice President – Wells Fargo Private Bank
  • Premier Client Manager, Assistant Vice President – Bank of America
Certifications and Credentials
  • Certified Financial Planner®
  • Certified Private Wealth Advisor®
  • California Health and Life Insurance licenses
  • Series 7, 66
Recognition:
  • 2020-2023 Five Star Wealth Manager by Five Star Professional
  • 2022-2023 Banking & Finance Visionary, L.A. Times B2B Publishing
  • 2023 Leader of Influence – Wealth Manager, Los Angeles Business Journal
  • 2023 Finalist – Community Impact Luminary, ThinkAdvisor
Ranked #8 on
Forbes Top RIA List
(2023)
#5 Independent Advisor in 2023
(#1 in 2017-2020, 2022)
Leaders of Influence,
Wealth Management (2023)
Banking and
Finance Visionary
(2022-2023)

What Do You Enjoy Most About Your Job?
I’m passionate about what I do because I get to work with my clients, my friends and my family in order to help them find peace of mind. In this day of age, with access to smartphones, social media, information on the Internet, there is a ton of noise out there. This noise can be disseminated extremely quickly, which can be overwhelming to individual investors. When we set a strategic plan for our clients, we know that we’re setting a disciplined approach to allow our clients to go out and enjoy their lives without paying too much attention to the daily noise.

 

What Do You Enjoy Most About Working at KARWA?
I enjoy working at KAR because of the culture. Every team member knows that at the end of the day the clients’ interests come first. Mr. John Anderson said it best: “Do the right thing.”

How Does KARWA Approach Wealth Management Differently?

We approach wealth management differently in that we aren’t just focused on two-asset portfolios of stocks and bonds. We look at alternative strategies in order to help protect our clients on the downside but also capture up-market swings. Having a background in financial planning, I look at both sides of my clients’ balance sheets, along with their goals, to make sure we’re taking a holistic approach to their financial needs. From there, we create customized asset allocation strategies.

 

What Do You Hope to Achieve For Your Clients?

My goal is to help my clients find peace of mind while achieving their previously established goals. I don’t want my clients worrying about their investment portfolios or current financial condition.

If the expectations and stage are set properly, routine reviews should be the only times that my clients are focusing on their investments. After all, that’s why they’re hiring a professional wealth advisor.

 

What Are You Involved in Outside of Work?
Born and raised in Los Angeles, I currently live in Encino with my wife and two sons.  I am the immediate past Chair of the Board of Directors at Project ECHO, a non-profit which organizes annual at-risk youth High School Entrepreneurship and Business Plan Competitions on campus at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management among other organizations I work with in Los Angeles. I am an avid surfer, golfer, reader, snowboarder, and traveler.

Forbes “Top RIA Firms”: The Forbes Top RIA Firms 2023 ranking was issued in October 2023 and covers the year 2023. KAR has not paid a fee to participate in the rankings but has paid fees for a license to reprint and distribute the results of the rankings.

 

Barron’s “Top 100 Independent Advisors”: The Barron’s “Top 100 Independent Advisors 2023” was given in September 2023 and covers the year 2023. KAR has not paid a fee to participate in the rankings but has paid fees for a license to reprint and distribute the results of the rankings.

 

Los Angeles Business Journal’s “Leaders of Influence”: The 2023 LA Business Journal Leaders of Influence award was given in March 2023 and covers the year 2023. KAR has not paid fees to the award sponsor to obtain the award and does not anticipate that it will pay fees to re-license the award.

 

LA Times 2023 Visionaries: The LA Times B2B Publishing 2023 Visionaries honor was given in March 2023 and covers the year 2023. KAR has not paid fees to the award sponsor to obtain the award and does not anticipate that it will pay fees to re-license the award.

 

ThinkAdvisor Luminaries: The ThinkAdvisor Luminaries Community Impact award was announced in November 2023 and covers the year 2023.  KAR has not paid fees to participate in the nomination for the award.

 

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