David T. Johnston

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David T. Johnston
Occupation First Vice President-Investments, Senior Financial Advisor
Employer The Johnson Group - Merrill Lynch

David T. Johnson is a futures and investment professional who has worked for leading Wall Street banks and is a former COMEX chairman and former FIA Chairman.[1]

Currently, He is first vice president of investments and senior financial advisor of The Johnson Group, a private boutique with Merrill Lynch.[2]

Johnson also sits on the board of My Own Business, Inc., a non-profit organization of successful business] owners who teach and mentor individuals to start and maintain their own businesses.


Johnson was a member of the National Futures Association's (NFA) initial board of directors.[3] At the time, he was chief of E.F. Hutton Futures.[4] He began his career with E.F. Hutton in 1969. He then spent 1987 – 1994 with Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, where he handled institutional accounts including some of the largest banks, pension funds and investment companies on the West Coast. In 1994, he returned to Smith Barney and was joined by his son, Damon, in 1998 to form The Johnson Group. In 2007, he joined Merrill Lynch alongside the entire Johnson Group.

Johnston twice served as chairman of COMEX, first from 1975 to 1977 and then was elected again in 1981.[5]


He is an alumni of the University of Minnesota.


  1. People. New York Times.
  2. Professional Profile. The Johnson Group- Merrill Lynch Financial Advisor.
  3. NFA Organizing Committee. NFA.
  4. Leo Melamed: escape to the futures. Google Books.
  5. David T. Johnston, director and senior vice president of. UPI.