Mr. Kim first became aware of the value of education as a young child in South Korea in the early 1950s. As North Korean forces moved into his homeland, he and his family, along with many others, were forced to leave their homes in Seoul, the country’s capital city. Leaving all of their assets behind as they fled during the invasion, his family moved from one village to another, continually seeking refuge. Temporary schools and shelters were available, and he, along with many others, gratefully received the benefit of these educational opportunities. He leads his life in appreciation of the efforts of the dedicated teachers that opened doors for him throughout his life.
In 1986, Kim began BP Industries, Inc., a company specializing in the international trade of consumer products. His corporation became a rapid success, and is now one of the premier home-décor vendors in the U.S. In 2003, to further his desire to help those in need of assistance to accomplish their life goals, Mr. Kim founded the D.K. Kim Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization. As others had helped him in the past, Mr. Kim was driven by a strong desire to support students who wished to fulfill their potential through higher education.
Mr. Kim considers his gifts to scholars and educational institutions to be investments in the future. “My ultimate goal is to improve human life through higher education. It is my firm belief that students who pursue higher education have proven to be assets to society. I believe that giving is an investment in society where returns can be broadly maximized.”
Fostering the development of the next generation of world leaders is a task that is monumental, but not impossible. As a Christian businessman, D.K. Kim’s vision is to help develop the kind of leaders who will impact society and foster healthy, responsible leadership to positively impact the future. Mr. Kim is dedicated to the effort of preparing students—generation after generation—for the tasks of today and the challenges of tomorrow.