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).