Kathy Gornik was co-founder and president of THIEL Audio, a privately held, engineering driven organization that performed research, design, and manufacturing of very high performance loudspeakers for the home and office. Gornik was responsible for THIEL’s company vision, direction, policies, and marketing strategy. Gornik’s leadership role in the electronics industry was long and illustrious, including service on the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) board of industry leaders and executive board from 1995 to 2007. Her role on the executive board began with her audio board chairmanship from 1995 through 1997 followed by her vice-chairmanship of the executive committee from 2000 through 2002, chairmanship of CEA from 2003 through 2004 and official role as immediate past chairman 2005 through 2006. As executive board member of CEA, Gornik also served as a member of the Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA)-board of governors from 1995 to 2000 as well as a member of the National Science and Technology Education Partnership (NSTEP) board of trustees and its predecessor, the Electronics Industry Foundation, from 1995 to present.
In Kentucky, Gornik served as chairman of the board of the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions (www.bipps.org) a state-based free market think tank that is committed to increasing liberty, prosperity and governmental accountability and transparency in Kentucky as well as reducing regulations and taxes and other hindrances to liberty and prosperity.
Gornik serves as chairman of the board of Newton’s Attic (www.NewtonsAttic.org), a non-profit educational organization focused on inspiring young people to pursue engineering, robotics and physics through unusual and exciting educational methods.
Gornik is also the first ever recipient of the Bastiat in Business Award presented in April of 2008. The Bastiat Society is a non profit foundation for spreading free market ideas among business people and has honored Gornik with this award in recognition of her distinguished effort to promote free market ideas in the course of her professional life.
Gornik has also been honored as a Kentucky/Southern Indiana Entrepreneur of the Year, an award sponsored by Ernst and Young Inc. Magazine, and Merrill Lynch, and was selected as one of the Top 40 Women in Business by the central Kentucky magazine, The Lane Report, who also named THIEL Audio as the Small Business of the Year in 1994.
In her spare time, Gornik enjoys reading, hiking, and promoting individual liberty, limited government, and the benefits of the free market.
Craig has practiced at all levels of the trial and appellate courts in Kentucky for 30 years. He handles cases in both federal and state courts. He has also practiced in Tennessee and Ohio. Craig has many years of experience in handling the defense of injury claims of all types. His focus is on the defense of sophisticated products liability cases, personal injury and trucking accidents and insurance bad faith matters. He has also become active as a third party mediator. Craig routinely practices throughout all areas of the state of Kentucky, as well as the local courts in Fayette County.
A.B., Thomas More College, 1972
J.D., Salmon P. Chase College of Law, 1977
Admitted to Practice
Courts Admitted to Practice
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
Professional Memberships and Affiliations
Fayette County Bar Association, Member Kentucky Bar Association, Member Kentucky Defense Council, Member Defense Research Institute, Member Defense Research Institute Trucking Law Committee, Member
USLAW Network Transportation Practice Group, Member
Kentucky Academy of Trial Attorneys, Former Member
American Trial Lawyers Association, Former Member Board of Governors, Kentucky Bar Association, Former Member
Young Lawyers Section, Kentucky Bar Association, Past President
Achievements in Areas of Concentration
Contract Hearing Officer for Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Cabinet, 1984-1988
Law Clerk, Supreme Court of Kentucky, 1977-1978
Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney, 1978-1979
Thirty years of trial and appellate practice in state and federal courts in Kentucky
Honors and Awards
Recognized in the Kentucky Super Lawyers® lists, 2007-2011
Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2007-2012 in the fields of Insurance Law and Product Liability Litigation
Martindale Hubbell “AV” Rating
Order of the Curia, Salmon P. Chase, Class of 1977
Civic and Charitable Involvement
Member, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Stewardship Council
Member, Waterford Homeowners Association
Selected Publications and Presentations
Various presentations on family law, evidence, expert witnesses, insurance bad faith and trial practice
05-Present Lexmark International, Inc., Printing Solutions & Services Division
World Wide Marketing Projects Manager – Certified Six Sigma Black Belt
01-05 Lexmark International, Inc., Consumer Products Division
Consultant – Manufacturing Engineering, Strategy and Cost.
99-01 Lexmark International, Inc., Consumer Products Division
Chief Financial Officer – Controller, Lexmark International (Philippines), Inc.
• Managed all areas of Finance/Accounting, Materials Engineering/Procurement, Warehousing, Customs, and IT/MIS/Telecom.
91-99 Lexmark International, Inc.
Consultant, Business Printing Solutions – Business Printer Division
• Provided business analysis on strategic marketing initiatives, “Solution Selling”.
Ink Jet Supplies Business Operations Advisory Planner – Consumer Products Division
• Provided strategic guidance in Scotland and Mexico as well as Lexington, for operations, construction, sourcing, and other cost and pricing related issues.
• Facilitated the release of new products, from initial product proposal to supplier vendor selection, capacity planning and product logistics.
International Revenue, Profit and Cash Planner – Information Systems Division
79-91 International Business Machines, Inc.
Budgets Program Manager – Information Products Division
• Created and managed Budgets, Costing Methodologies and Business Cases for Engineering Development, Manufacturing and Distribution.
• Selected to create and present Pro forma financial statements to Clayton, Dubilier & Rice and legal council leading to the Leveraged Buy-Out of IBM’s Lexington Site to form Lexmark International.
• Designed and implemented Activity Based Costing systems for automated manufacturing.
Service Business Development Planner – Information Systems Group
Service Business Administrator – Customer Service Division
• Marketed IBM service agreements and conducted customer education of Service Offerings for Oregon Branch and NW Regional Offices.
• Provided on-site hardware and software support to IBM Service customers.
72-77 United States Air Force and Air National Guard
• Provided USAF, Europe Primary Alert System service and support.
• Top Secret security clearances.
Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon
1987, MBA (Finance) 1979, B.S., Business Administration Management
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