Andrew Gorgey, CEO and Founder
Since founding Columbia ltd in 2016, Andrew (Drew) Gorgey has established himself as one of the premiere executive recruiters in the United States. A sought-after industry professional, Mr. Gorgey has completed dozens of major executive recruitments in Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.
Mr. Gorgey has served in Colorado local government for 22 of the last 24 years, including 11 years at the executive and management levels, making his first executive hire in 2004. Mr. Gorgey served as County Manager and County Attorney for Garfield County in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. He also served as First Assistant and Chief Deputy County Attorney in El Paso County in Colorado Springs, Colorado. In addition, Mr. Gorgey served as Acting City Manager for the City of Glenwood Springs. Mr. Gorgey continues to serve local government as General Counsel to the Garfield County FML District, a part-time executive position he has held since June 2011. He continues to serve local governments throughout the United States as leader of Columbia ltd, and as an executive recruiter.
Mr. Gorgey is gifted at organizational assessment and accurate analysis of an entity’s business case, critical in effective executive recruitment. His candid, genuine, and respectful style, discretion, professionalism, and legendary work ethic are all major benefits to client agencies, as are his experience and expert-level communications skills. Mr. Gorgey’s strong skills in talent identification, recruitment, development and retention, and his commitment to excellence in the hiring process, have helped many diverse organizations advance, improve, and meet their strategic objectives quickly.
Moving to Colorado in 1987, Mr. Gorgey began his career in the resort and hospitality industry, serving as a Corporate Trainer for The Broadmoor, a Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond Resort in Colorado Springs. He later served as Editor of The Colorado Springs Business Journal. Since his youth, Mr. Gorgey has been an enthusiastic student of leadership, dedicating substantial volunteer hours to leadership positions in various professional associations. The El Paso County Bar Association in Colorado Springs named Mr. Gorgey “Outstanding Young Lawyer” in 1999 and elected him one of the Association’s youngest Presidents in 2003-04. Mr. Gorgey twice served the Colorado Bar Association as Vice President. He is also Past President of the Association of Colorado County Administrators. Mr. Gorgey has lectured on leadership at the American Bar Association’s prestigious Bar Leadership Institute in Chicago, the Colorado Bar Association’s Bar Leadership Training course (COBALT), and the Special District Association of Colorado’s Leadership Academy, among others. He has lectured on recruitment, interviewing, and related topics at the City/County Management Association conferences in Arizona, Colorado, and Washington, as well as at the Arizona State University School of Public Affairs and Arizona’s Next Generation Leadership Conference at the University of Arizona. He completed the International City/County Management Association’s (ICMA’s) Gettysburg Leadership Institute in 2017.
Mr. Gorgey holds an undergraduate degree in English from the University of Colorado, as well as a Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law. He has been a member of the Glenwood Springs Sunset Rotary Club since 2015, serving as the club’s Scholarship Chairman for many years.