May 31, 2018
To whom it may concern:
This reference letter serves as my highest, and unwavering recommendation for Dr. Gary Lysik. During the last 1 5 y e a r s , I have personally served in the capacity of City Manager for the City of Calabasas, CA, and have had the greatest pleasure working with Dr. Lysik to identify and resolve many City related financial issues. He is without question, the finest financial officer that I have worked with in my career. Whatever position Gary is seeking to fill within your organization, I can unequivocally state, without any reservation, that he will serve your organization well.
Dr. Lysik has a sound understanding of accepted Financial and Accounting practices, and he is able to utilize that understanding to advance the fiscal position of any organization. He is very responsible, has impeccable attention to detail, maintains a high level of professionalism, and has always met or exceeded my own expectations of him and the office he holds. Gary's management skills are among his greatest assets, making him an exceptional leader.
During the fifteen years that Dr. Lysik has been at the helm of the Finance Department, the City has weathered quite well various external financial trends, including the "Great Recession". I attribute this in large part to Gary's keen financial strategy skills; his ability to recognize operational issues and make expedient and necessary adjustments; his sound cash management and investment practices; his experience developing operational and capital budgets; his knowledge and understanding of contracts, insurance, and other related risk management concerns; his background in regulatory compliance; his understanding of accounting practices and financial statement preparation; his strong foresight into changing market and economic conditions; and of course his strong interpersonal, analytical, and computer skills.
In short, Dr. Gary Lysik is nothing short of an exceptional Chief Financial Officer who will most definitely serve your organization extremely well in that same capacity or in any other executive leadership position for which he is being considered. Dr. Lysik comes to you with my highest personal and professional recommendation.
Anthony M. Coroalles, City Manager
City of Calabasas, CA
100 Civic Center Way
Calabasas, California 91302
Fax (818) 225-7324