Brian Kriftcher

Former COO and Principal (Retired)
Satellite Asset Management
Location: 
Washington, DC

Brian S. Kriftcher (46) left Wall Street and the investment management business at the end of 2006 to pursue lifelong passions for coaching, teaching and civic involvement.  Today, Brian is the head boys’ Varsity basketball coach at St. Luke’s School in New Canaan.  Brian is the founder and President of Stamford Peace, a local not-for-profit youth program which uses basketball instruction, training and competition to drive children to pursue excellence on the basketball court, in the classroom, in the community and at home.  Brian taught 7th grade Civics at the George Jackson Academy, a private all-boys middle school in New York City catering to talented but economically disadvantaged inner city youth, until recently.

 Brian is Chairman of the Board of Directors of PeacePlayers International, an organization which uses the game of basketball to bridge divide among children in various conflict and post-conflict areas such as Israel and the Middle East, Northern Ireland, South Africa, and Cyprus.  At the same time, Brian is the Immediate Past President of the Board of Directors of the Stamford Jewish Community Center, a capacity in which he served in from 2009-2012.  He is also an Executive Board member of the intercontinental Jewish Community Centers Association.  Among other not-for-profit organizations in which Brian is also involved is Lovelane, Room to Grow, the Jackie Robinson Foundation, the Pediatric Cancer Foundation, and the Jewish High School of Connecticut.

In his earlier professional life, Brian worked for major financial firms such as Cantor Fitzgerald Securities and NeubergerBerman.  In the mid 1990’s, he transitioned to the hedge fund business where he was the Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel of S.A.C. Capital Advisors, LLC, one of the largest hedge fund operations globally.  In 1999, Brian joined forces to start Satellite Asset Management, L.P., a diversified multi-billion investment firm, where Brian was Chief Operating Officer & a Principal for nearly 8 years. 

Brian earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Albany, and later a J.D. from the St. John’s University School of Law which he attended at night.

Since 1996, Brian has lived in Stamford with his wife, Jeannie.  They have three daughters, Hannah (14), Charlotte (12) and Sophie (10).

Testimonials

"We work in an education system that is divided…PeacePlayers program is pointed towards the integration of those children. You’re getting children to mix in an environment where there’s not the...
Derrick Harkness, Principal, Carrs Glen Primary School, Northern Ireland
“The love the coaches have for basketball inspires us to continually improve our game and they taught us how to be a better person on the court as well in our everyday life” 
Christiana Miltiadous, Participant, PeacePlayers International - Cyprus
"If she takes one thing away, it’s to know that there’s no differences from the other community, that everybody’s equal, and that she has great enjoyment with PeacePlayers."
Nula Doherty, Parent, PeacePlayers International – Northern Ireland
“Why did I join? Simple, it gave me purpose and it made me happy. It gave me the feeling of belonging somewhere. It was a place where your goals and hobbies harmonize with the goals of an...
Eleni Partakki, Participant, PeacePlayers International - Cyprus
“I love this organization because it unites Greek-Cypriots with Turkish-Cypriots by doing what we all love, playing basketball!” 
Dimitris Charalambous, Participant, PeacePlayers International - Cyprus
"Through PeacePlayers I have learnt how to share, trust, cooperate, and respect everyone, creating friendship and peace. PeacePlayers taught us whatever your religion or language you are talking, it...
Cetin Pirlanta, Participant, PeacePlayers International - Cyprus
“PeacePlayers has taught me lots of important things, like how to be a good person, a good friend, and a good leader. One of the most important things it has taught me is how to educate the younger...
Nursu Tilki, Participant, PeacePlayers International - Cyprus
 “Through basketball I got over my fears and the stereotypes that we were taught in school. Basketball helped me to become friends with those guys without even speaking!”
Alexis Georgiou, Participant, PeacePlayers International - Cyprus
"At the start [playing together] wasn't weird, but it was different because we would never have gotten the opportunity to go out and meet Protestants and be friends with them."
Ann Murphy, Participant, PeacePlayers International – Northern Ireland
“The reason that I participate in this program and love it so much is because it helps me learn new things while playing my favorite sport. I have made so many new friends, Greek-Cypriots and Turkish...
Victor Petrov, Participant, PeacePlayers International - Cyprus
"In the beginning I participated for the basketball, but then I made friends with the Turkish-Cypriots. Now we play and we all have fun together."
Evripidis Kardamilas, Participant, PeacePlayers International – Cyprus
"When you get to know your teammates, it doesn’t really matter what their religion is."
Aoife Doherty, Participant, PeacePlayers International – Northern Ireland
"It’s hard to live without my parents, but my PPI coach is always there for me. He’s really more like a brother."
Sihle Cele, Participant, PeacePlayers International – South Africa
"I was on the train one day with my Jewish friends and they started making fun of an Arab woman…I told them to stop and that she was embarrassed and that she just wanted to go to work. I then told...
Adiel, Participant, PeacePlayers International – Middle East
"I’m glad that Ronnie’s taking part in PeacePlayers…hopefully Ronny doesn’t have to go through what I went through at Ronnie’s age.”
Manny Macauley, Parent, PeacePlayers International – Northern Ireland
"Programmes like this that work at the grass roots level with the young people in our society are vital to achieving sustainable peace within our communities. We are committed to supporting and...
Denis Rooney, CBE, Chairman of the International Fund for Ireland, Chairman, International Fund for Ireland
"Basketball has added a new dimension to our sporting activities. Of course, it improves coordination and also improves communication between the kids themselves. It’s wonderful that PPI has become...
Jennifer Sonasundrum, Principal, Merry Hill Primary School, South Africa
"I met new players I didn't know before, and learned how to play with new people. The best part was learning things from new players and different areas coming together. I learned you don't have to...
Amir, Participant, PeacePlayers International – Middle East
"We find that the PeacePlayers program brings in life-skills in a non-threatening way, and is helping to educate children on the big issues of HIV…We also find that in the PeacePlayers program, we...
Pamilla Mudhray, CSI Manager, Sasol, South Africa
"By focusing on the game of basketball and the values of sportsmanship, the youth learn to break down stereotypes to contribute to an environment whereby children who play together can learn to live...
Bicommunal Support Program, U.S. Embassy in Nicosia, Cyprus
"A lot of kids believe that one kid on the other side is a good person, but every other one is a bad person, and they then carve out these narrow exceptions. What [PPI’s] curriculum is doing is...
Chad Ford, Director, David O. McKay Center for Intercultural Understanding, Brigham Young University
"We typically use activities such as art and drama to bridge divides between the youth. We always knew that sport had the potential to do the same, but PPI - ME's sport day went way above and beyond...
Yael Gur, Project Manager, A New Way, Israel
"I was scared to death at first. But by the end of the match, I realized we were all the same."
Geina Mdungo, Participant, PeacePlayers Interational – South Africa