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.