Yuri Vanetik is a private investor, philanthropist, and political coalition builder.
He is the principal of Vanetik International, LLC. Presently, he advises several financial firms and invests in private equity transactions, both domestically and overseas. In the past, he served as an executive within the financial sector, advising boards and principals of public and private companies on capital formation, marketing, acquisitions and dispositions. Mr. Vanetik serves on corporate boards, boards of non-profits, and political organizations.
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 had centered on corporate combinations, and finance.
Mr. Vanetik began his entrepreneurial career in the technology space, and subsequently moved into project finance. In the finance industry, Mr. Vanetik and financial institutions he advises make investments in the global private equity market.
A passionate community volunteer, 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 I, and serves there on the Board of Governors. Mr. Vanetik is a Lincoln Fellow at the Claremont Institute in California, and 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.
In the last presidential elections, he served as State of California Co-Chair and All American Vice Chair for the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Campaign, and subsequently was on Senator (R-AZ) John McCain’s Kitchen Cabinet. Mr. Vanetik has held Finance leadership roles within the Republican National Committee, Republican Governors Association, and National Republican Cogressional Committee. He is currently West Coast Chair (Inner Circle) with the RGA and California Co-Chair with the NRCC.
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. At Hastings, 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 loves wine, horological instruments, fountain pens, art, politics, martial arts, and tennis.