C-Suite Executive. Cognitive computing approach to breakthrough performance and significant bottom-line impact. I raise business and municipal cultures to be successful organizations by crossbreeding previously homogenized public and private sector tools and applications with emerging digital trends. I fly helicopters, speak L’italiano, and enjoy traveling, hiking, and rollerblading. Numbers matter. Family matters more. Pepperdine University.
Lead with Integrity
Believe in Ability
Take Calculated Chances
Use Setbacks as Steppingstones
Value Change
Prioritize Family
Laugh, Play, Enjoy

City of Calabasas
City Manager, Since August 2018
Calabasas, California

Provides executive leadership in the management of the City and execution of City Council policies. Provides municipal services through the coordination and direction of all City activities, finance, and personnel. Provides services inclusive of administering and executing City Council Policy, presenting recommendations and information to enable City Council to make decisions on matters of policy, responding promptly and positively to all inquiries and requests of citizens, disseminating information regarding City activities, providing input on regional, state, and federal issues which effect the City of Calabasas, conducting audits and studies of fiscal procedures and transactions within the City, maintaining a solid fiscal position through the preparation of the annual budget and continuous monitoring of financial conditions of the City.

Chief Financial Officer, December 2003 - July 2018
Calabasas, California

I direct financial actions of a city with 278 employees and 24,202 residents. I oversee all aspects of monetary business related to Calabasas. I track cash flow, conduct financial planning, analyze financial strengths and vulnerabilities, and propose corrective actions. Spearheading a top-to-bottom redesign and utilization of Crystal Reports and Fund Balance software, personnel, and money management, I built a professionally cohesive finance department, exposing untapped growth opportunities. I mined improved market conditions through bond issuance to fund capital improvement projects, slashing debt by $5.3M. Every day I report to work with the goal of making certain Calabasas businesses and residents receive services, programs, and open space stewardship that makes Calabasas a world class destination.

Mountains Recreation & Conservation Authority
Director of Finance, September 2002 – December 2003
Los Angeles, California

I oversaw all aspects of funding dedicated to the development, acquisition, preservation, and management of local open space and parkland, watershed lands, trails, and wildlife habitat. The MRCA manages and provides ranger services for almost 73,000 acres of public lands and parks that it owns and that are owned by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy or other agencies and provides comprehensive education and interpretation programs for the public. The MRCA works in cooperation with the Conservancy and other local government partners to acquire parkland, participate in vital planning processes, and complete major park improvement projects.

Reinstatement Services, Inc.
Vice President, Business Development and
Information Technology, June 2000 – September 2002

Carson City, Nevada

Reinstatement Services, Inc., provided mediation services in the mortgage finance sector to commercial and residential mortgagees facing foreclosure due to loan default. During my tenure, RSI went from being a small home-based startup to a national (and Canada) enterprise rising to become the number one go-to Loss Mitigation mediation firm in the United States.

Edison International
Director of Financial Systems, September 1997 – June 2000
Rosemead, California

I managed Finance and Information Technology Department (100 employees) and oversaw the implementation of hardware, software, and communication upgrades for all aspects of the enterprise. I performed ROI, Rate/Volume, and manpower studies. My team worked to increase financial system efficiency, human capital effectiveness, and heighten financial awareness of key executive managers, decision makers, and Board of Directors. Financial reports are generated using a set of general ledger numbers established to track performance at a detailed level. When the number of accounts are too many or not specific enough to the level of work being performed, reports are not comprehensive and lack key decision making information. By restructuring the chart of accounts I was able to decrease dedicated-to-task man hours by 25 percent and labor costs by 30 percent. Additionally, a scheduled customer rate hike was stayed saving several million customers an average of $2.36 monthly increase.

Northrop-Grumman Corporation
Operations and Business Planning Manager
Program Manager, October 1984 – September 1997

Hawthorne, California

Responsible for: accounting, budgeting, contracts, cost control, estimating and pricing, financial analysis, financial planning, purchasing, and reporting for government contracts in excess of $3.2 billion. Managed all operational duties, including: procurement, inventory, planning & control, engineering, manufacturing, and quality control with a professional staff of over 300. Principal interface with the United States Air Force and the United States Army commanding officers regarding the design, manufacturing, and delivery of defense products. Designed and implemented a new material ordering program which effectively reduced handling and storage costs, minimized scrap, and reduced ordering costs by over $1M annually.
Please send an email request to glysik@cityofcalabasas.com
Please send an email request to glysik@cityofcalabasas.com
I upend legacy data architecture and dated infrastructure to transform the way public and private organizations view and grow business. I help drive value from the millions of dollars spent on human capital and intelligence systems.
Business Studies Certificate Program, University of California, Los Angeles (2016)
Doctor of Education (Ed.D.), Information Technology, Pepperdine University (2007)
Master of Business Administration (MBA), Management, Pepperdine University (1988)
Bachelor of Science Degree (BS), Business Administration, California State University, Dominguez Hills (1984)

“Top CFO of the Year” | San Fernando Business Journal (2008 and 2013)
“Integrity in Community Service” | Edward L. Masry (2006)
"Outstanding Financial Reporting Achievement" | Government Finance Officers Association (2004 - 2017)
"Outstanding Financial Reporting" | California Society of Municipal Finance Officers (2004 - 2005)
"Top Secret Security Clearance" | Department of Defense (1992 -1997)
“Eagle Scout” | Boy Scouts of America (1977)
"Rotorcraft Pilot License" | Federal Aviation Administration (projected - Fall 2018)

"Basically, Gary's performance is uniformly outstanding. It’s as high as you can get."
 ~Councilwoman Lesley Devine, Calabasas Council says Bookkeeping Procedures are Vastly
Improved, Acorn, July 2004
Dennis Washburn, Mayor Emeritus
1991 – March 2011
City of Calabasas
Calabasas, California

Anthony "Tony" Coroalles, City Manager
Since December 2003
City of Calabasas
Calabasas, California

James Bozajian, Esq., Mayor
Since March 1997
City of Calabasas, California
Calabasas, California

Lucy Martin, Mayor
March 2011 – November 2015
City of Calabasas
Calabasas, California

Jonathon Wolfson, Esq., Mayor
March 2005 – December 2011
City of Calabasas
Calabasas, California


Joseph Edmiston, Executive Director
Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy

Gary Higashiyama, Controller
Edison International

William Patterson, Senior Controller
Edison Enterprises

L. Wayne Day, Vice President
Northrop-Grumman Corporation

1. Penguins are ideal role models. They figured out they cannot fly so they use their wings to swim.
2. Kangaroo tastes like chicken. The world would be a better place if there were more Kangaroos.
3. This is the sun. Every morning the sun rises to shine. Be like the sun.
4. Goonies is a GREAT movie.
5. Every commuter’s dream job begins with the thought of a bed.
6. Behind the wheel you quickly learn taking a roundabout in Valencia, Spain is not for the faint of heart.
7. The Clippers will decide attending the Championship game is too expensive so they will watch it from home.
8. I think my wife sometimes cheats when we play dominoes.
9. Life is about poop management. If you can avoid stepping in it, soiling yourself, or it dropping on you, you’ll have a pretty good run.
10. If you always do what you always did, you’ll always get what you always got.
11. Everyone gets paid exactly what they are worth, unless their value is more than pay.
12. I don’t care what they might tell you, I DO NOT snore.
13. A dime a dozen is worth less than a penny, but in some circles, it might can sell for a dollar.
14. Popeye's ability to turn a negative into a positive is admirable.
15. Men can too like shoes!
16. I like the epitaph my wife has penned for herself: “I’ve arrived at this destination knowing who I am, and happy to have made my acquaintance."