Mr. Yuri Vanetik is a private investor, philanthropist, and political coalition builder who is delighted to be a part of the Miracles For Kids team.
He is the principal of Vanetik International, LLC, a management consulting firm. In the past, he served as executive within the financial sector, and advised boards and principals of public and private companies on capital formation, marketing, acquisitions and dispositions, and other strategic planning matters. He serves on the Investment Committee of GR Capital Management.
Mr. Vanetik began his legal career practicing corporate law with Kirkpatrick & Lockhart LLP, in Pittsburgh, PA. Subsequently, he served as founding partner of Iger, Koehler & Vanetik, LLP, a law firm specializing in corporate governance, counseling boards of publicly traded companies and representing independent directors, and committees on which they serve. Generally, his legal practice and experience has centered on corporate combinations and finance. He began his entrepreneurial career in the technology space, and subsequently moved into finance. In the finance industry, Mr. Vanetik and funds he advises make investments in private equity transactions domestically and abroad.
A passionate community leader, Mr. Vanetik serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross (Orange County). He was appointed to the Homeland Security Council for Region 1, and serves there on the Board of Governors. Mr. Vanetik is a Lincoln Fellow at the Claremont Institute in California, and a National Trustee for the Kennedy Center National Symphony in Washington, DC. Recently, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Mr. Vanetik to serve on the California Criminal Justice Council. Mr. Vanetik has been appointed to the Advisory Board at the University of California, Irvine Center for Unconventional Security Affairs. Mr. Vanetik also serves as an active Board and OC-Executive Committee Member at Large of Gen-Next, an organization focused on issues affecting future generations.
Mr. Vanetik received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley with Highest Honors, (Phi Beta Kappa) and is an executive graduate of the Anderson Business School at UCLA (Management). Completing further graduate research at Oxford University (Exeter College), where he was a researcher in political philosophy, Mr. Vanetik earned his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings, where he was the President of the International Law Society, and the recipient of the coveted American Jurisprudence Award. Mr. Vanetik is also graduate of the Wharton-Spencer Stuart Directors Institute on Corporate Governance and Stanford Law School’s Directors College. Mr. Vanetik has also completed the SEC Institute Reporting and Audit Program.