J. Bryan King, CFA is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Distribution Solution Group. He was elected to the Board of Directors of Lawson Products in 2017 and currently serves as the Chairman of the Board. He has a career in investment management spanning over three decades and has served as Chairman or managing partner of several industrial distribution companies.
Mr. King is a Principal of Luther King Capital Management Corporation (“LKCM”), an SEC-registered investment adviser with approximately $25.7 billion of assets under management as of March 31, 2022, and Founder and Managing Partner of LKCM Capital Group and LKCM Headwater Investments, the private capital investment group of LKCM. On April 27, 2022, the Board of Directors of the Company appointed Mr. King to serve as President and Chief Executive Officer of Lawson Products, Inc., effective May 1, 2022, which is in addition to his role as Chairman of the Board of the Company. Mr. King has acted as an investment manager responsible for lower middle market investments in public and private companies since 1994. Those private capital focused partnerships manage in excess of $2 billion of flexible capital focused on long-term investment strategies to drive shareholder value through building more profitable and durable businesses. The investment team and their affiliates represent approximately 30% of the capital in the partnerships, and outside capital is predominantly limited to taxable investors with prior significant experience building businesses similar to those in which LKCM invests. In 2003, Mr. King established the LKCM Distribution Holdings advisory board of operating partners, key limited partners, and relevant thought leaders to support LKCM Capital Group and its affiliates’ investment activities in value-added distribution and related service offerings. In specialty distribution, Mr. King has Chaired and/or been the Managing Partner with direct controlling oversight of Lawson, TestEquity, Gexpro Services, Relevant Industrial Solutions, Critical Rental Solutions, Commercial Buildings Solution, Industrial Distribution Group (IDG), Rawson, and Golden State Medical Supply, and most recently added ERIKS North American assets, including Lewis-Goetz. He also has served in various capacities, including Chairman, on and alongside of many other boards of both public and private companies, as well as numerous not for profit and community organizations. Mr. King graduated from Princeton University, where he was a varsity athlete and today serves on the advisory board for the Princeton University Museum of Art. He also graduated from Harvard Business School, as well as Texas Christian University where he serves on the Executive Committee of Trustees, and chairs the Investment Committee with oversight over the Endowment, and previously chaired the Fiscal Affairs, and Audit and Risk Management committees.