K. K. “Kay” Johnson

K.K. Johnson

Title: Retired Consultant in Corporate Stock Plan Administration

Company: Equity Compensation Solutions!

Location: Redwood City, California, United States

K. K. “Kay” Johnson, Retired Consultant in Corporate Stock Plan Administration, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in financial services.

After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in music education from San Diego State University in 1964, Ms. Johnson went on to earn a Master of Arts in music history from Claremont Graduate University in 1968. Backed by her love for music, particularly the pipe organ, and her desire for financial independence, she commenced her career as a classroom and music teacher for various public schools in California. Notably, Ms. Johnson served as III Corps Entertainment Director for the U.S. Army Special Services in Vietnam in 1969 and 1970 and then returned to teaching. For 10 years, she owned and operated her own music studio known as Kay’s Klavier Kottage, where she specialized in piano lessons, while also serving as a church organist and choir director for 23 years.

Fully invested in the world of finance as a Registered Representative, Ms. Johnson acquired her series 7, 22, and 63 NASD licenses. In 1988, she became a Certified Financial Planner. In 1989, a Toastmaster friend invited her to establish Incentive Stock Option (ISO) and Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP) programs for their corporate employees. In 1995, Ms. Johnson formed Equity Compensation Solutions to market her expertise in equity plan administration, documentation, training, and insider trading compliance and reporting. With a thriving Silicon Valley, over the next seven years, she consulted for 23 Silicon Valley companies until her retirement in 2003.

In addition to her primary roles, Ms. Johnson is the author and illustrator of the book, “Burlingame Adventures: The Kohl Mansion Kaper with Davey Krockat and Kistofur Katlumbus,” which is about her beloved cats. For her success in the arts, Ms. Johnson won the Artist of the Year Award from the Burlingame Art Society in 2009, as well as a scholarship to attend the San Francisco Academy of Art University. She attributes her years of success to her formal education and her dreams, which motivated her to keep moving in her career despite any obstacle that came her way. Looking back on her career, Ms. Johnson is most proud of her private piano coaching and the work she contributed in financial services to the field of corporate stock administration. In the years ahead, Kay will pursue her involvement with the Rotary Club of Menlo Park, CA and will continue to sing with choral groups, to paint, and to add to her travels.

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