Bombalicki juggles a busy business schedule with work for the
Mission College Foundation.
A wide variety
of careers can be found on Gary Bombalickis resume: Sous chef
disk jockey...cable television sales executive...business entrepreneur.
And, he is president of the Los Angeles Mission College Foundation.
It takes a lot of
energy to pursue the paths that Bombalicki has followed, and he brings
that drive to his role as head of the 12-member college support group.
In his fifth year as president, Bombalicki said he would like to bring
more consistency to the groups fundraising efforts.
"Ive seen years when all we raised was $1,000 and years when
we went well over $20,000," he said. "From this point on, Id
like to see us get better and better at it every year."
About a year ago, Bombalicki launched a new business, IQ West. It offers
business executives a software program that allows them to instantly view
their companys financial situation and create any number of "what
if" scenarios. To date, the venture has been successful. Bombalicki
believes he can apply his skills as IQ Wests national marketing
arm to the benefit of Mission College.
"With Proposition A and AA, we expect to put up several new buildings
at Mission College, but theyre not going to have anything in them,"
he said. "One of my goals is to get the Foundation to convince local
businesses to furnish the buildings or equip them with modern learning
a community college graduate, believes strongly in the role that community
colleges play in providing quality, affordable educational opportunities.
Its the reason why hes been on the Foundation board since
Bombalicki and the other Foundation members are extremely pleased with
their latest accomplishment: providing funds to allow the LRC Library
to expand the hours it is open to students. On Monday through Thursday,
the library now opens at 8 a.m. (instead of 11 a.m.), allowing students
to do research in the mornings before their classes begin.
His other Foundation goals include creating a new Foundation scholarship
to award to a continuing Mission College student. The Foundation already
matches scholarship grants given to Mission College by TELACU (The East
Los Angeles Community Union) and CompuCredit.
former jock on KROQ in L.A., Bombalicki still
does a weekly show for Albuquerque station KDSK.
[ Photo courtesy of KDSK ]
Among the many Foundation
activities, Bombalicki admits a preference to those that involve culinary
themes, like the annual Food and Wine Festival. Understandable, for someone
who, right out of high school, worked his way from apprentice to one of
Clevelands leading chefs to sous chef and soucier. Those skills
brought him to Los Angeles, where he worked at country clubs, and ultimately
embarked on new careers in radio, the cable television industry, and direct
Does he ever take any time for himself?
Once a week, he pauses to do something he loves: hosting an oldies
show on Albuquerque station KDSK. Bombalicki does his part of the program
on a remote from Ventura. For 10 years in Los Angeles, he did fill-in
shifts at radio station KROQ and never lost the bug for being on the air.
Once the mike is turned on, you become a different person. I love
doing it. Its great fun.
BY EDUARDO PARDO