Managing Director & Chief Investment Officer
Damon Vickers is the founder of Damon Vickers and Company. Damon has navigated both bull and bear markets over the last 28 years. His trend-following approach has allowed him to embrace both up and down markets. At critical turning points in the economy, financial media has frequently called upon Damon’s investment expertise. In 2008, during the worst market year since 1987, a private fund that Damon initially capitalized experienced a return of 63%.
Damon first made a name for himself as a rising star in the early 1990’s, when the media took notice of his ability to spot social trends and use them to effectively play the market. This skill regularly landed Damon and his clients in some of the fastest growing companies.
He has cited Peter Lynch, William O’Neil and Mario Gabelli as business influences. Vickers is well known for a type of growth investing that he has called "placing capital in the path of social change." This strategy led to a number of early investments in high profile public companies.
Damon is the third generation in a family of financiers. His father was a floor trader for Goldman Sachs at the New York Stock Exchange and his grandfather worked at Kidder Peabody & Co. Damon’s great-grandmother, Katharine Angell, co-founded the Culinary Institute of America and his great-grandfather, James Rowland Angell, was head of the Rockefeller Foundation in 1920 and president of Yale University from 1921-1937. Katherine Angell’s father, Damon’s great-great-grandfather, is Stuart Warren Cramer, known as the “Father of Cool.” He was the inventor of air conditioning.
The Vickers were members of the Marble Collegiate Church in New York City, the oldest Protestant organization in North America. The church’s pastor, Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, wrote the best-selling book, The Power of Positive Thinking. The book had a profound influence on Vickers’ life.
His successful and courageous track record has landed Damon as a frequent guest on prominent news programs such as CNBC, Bloomberg, Fox Business, BBC, CBC and CNBC Asia. He has also been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The London Times and The Washington Post. He is the author of the New York Times best-selling novel, The Day After the Dollar Crashes.
Director of Computational Analytics
Andrew Wick is the Director of Computational Analytics. He has a passion for the markets and an unwavering enthusiasm for mathematics and formulaic analysis.
Prior to entering the financial industry, he was an award-winning firefighter. He also played professional poker, which allowed him to apply his fascination with mathematics, particularly related to risk analysis. While both areas presented unique challenges, there is no challenge more exciting to Andrew than working in the world of finance. Andrew loves crunching numbers and all things math-related. He enjoys the critical thinking and problem solving processes that go into working with an equation or word problem and how that translates into his work with the stock market.
He discovered his passion for finance at a young age, sparked by an interest in the global markets. He read every piece of financial literature he could find and currently keeps a close watch on the markets both at work and in his spare time. The challenge the markets present is what drives him in his work at Damon Vickers and Company.
Director of New Relationships and Private Client Accounts
Luiza Vickers serves as the Chief Financial Officer for Damon Vickers and Company. She also acts as the Director of Business Relations and Private Client Services.
A native of Poland, Luiza immigrated to the United States at the age of 16 to seek educational opportunities available only in America. She graduated from high school two years early and received a full scholarship to John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York. In 1998, while on track to earning a law degree, Luiza discovered the world of finance. Fascinated by the fast-paced environment of the financial sector, she opted for a career change.
Luiza helped build Damon Vickers and Co. from the ground up, beginning by handling media relations and seminars for the company and quickly advancing to establishing and managing new business relationships. She also took on the role of managing the Private Client Services department.
Over the last 15 years she has been with the company, Luiza has had her hands in every department, gaining experience to help her excel in each facet of her career in the world of finance. She is now the CFO of the company. She maintains positive business relationships with a variety of media, including CNBC, Bloomberg and Premier Radio Networks. She is also responsible for handling all regulatory business practices. Luiza is a licensed and registered representative with Series 7 and Series 63.
In addition to being a skilled and highly experienced business manager, Luiza is bilingual with extensive travel experience. She speaks both English and Polish and has traveled across the U.S. and Europe. In her spare time, Luiza enjoys spending time with her family and their dog. She and her husband Damon have three daughters.
George E. Bonini is of counsel with the law firm of Fifth Avenue Law Group. The firm serves its clients through offices located in Seattle, Washington; Portland, Oregon; Manlo Park, California; and Salt Lake City, Utah.
Mr. Bonini is a business, securities and tax attorney with a practice focused on organizing business ventures and complex partnership transactions. George also advises companies regarding mergers and acquisitions, tax matters, private equity transactions, and provides general business counsel. George has extensive experience assisting hedge funds and other private investment funds structure transactions, and complying with applicable federal securities laws. In addition, he is able to assist clients with loan, secured finance, and real estate transactions. Finally, George has expertise assisting in resolving tax disputes with the Washington Department of Revenue and the Internal Revenue Service.
George earned a B.A. from the University of Montana, a J.D. cum laude from Seattle University School of Law, and a Masters (LL.M.) in Taxation from the University of Washington. George is a member of the Washington State Bar Association.
In the 2002-2004 Washington Law & Politics surveys, Mr. Bonini was listed as a "Rising Star" in the areas of corporate finance and taxation.