Gornick joins Endowment board of directors

Brian Gornick has been appointed to the board of directors for the United States Air Force Academy Endowment.

Gornick, a 2002 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, is a vice president at GTCR, a private equity investment company in Chicago. Prior to joining GTCR, he worked at Golden Gate Capital, a San Francisco-based private equity firm, and Accel-KKR, a private equity firm located in Menlo Park. Previously, Gornick was vice president of business development at KANA Software (sold to Verint Systems) and worked as an investment banker at Morgan Stanley.

Gornick began his career as a professional ice hockey player, playing for the Anaheim Ducks, Columbus Blue Jackets and the Bad Tölz Lions in Germany.

Gornick holds an MBA with honors from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in operations research with a minor in mathematics from the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he graduated first in his class. 

“I am pleased to welcome Brian to the USAFA Endowment board of directors,” says board chairman Jack Kucera. “His performance at the Academy, service as an Air Force officer and success in the business world have prepared him well to serve as a supporting director. I am inspired by Brian’s commitment, and together with the rest of the board, we will continue to add a variety of perspectives that reflect the Academy's increasingly diverse graduate and philanthropic community.”

Gornick is excited about entering into a new phase of service with the Endowment.

“I look forward to working with like-minded graduates to get behind initiatives like the Academy’s Center for Character and Leadership Development,” Gornick says. “I learned as a second lieutenant that there are multiple ways one can serve their country, and I view the opportunity to serve on the USAFA Endowment board as another chapter in my service.”

In addition to enjoying hockey and golf, Gornick is an avid fisherman and a hiking enthusiast, scaling Machu Picchu in Peru, Ecuador’s Cotopaxi and Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

Gornick and his wife, Alona, live in Chicago.

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