The GKA story began in the small copper mining town of Flin Flon, Manitoba where as a child, George spent all his free time playing ice hockey. George met his wife Ila in high school and they married in August of 1960. His persistence practicing the great game of hockey paid off when he was recruited by Denver University where he studied Electrical Engineering and graduated in 1961. While at DU, George led the hockey team to back-to-back National Championships in 1960 and 1961. After college, he played for the Pittsburgh Penguins inaugural 1967-1968 season, the U.S. National Team in 1970 and 1971 and the Minnesota Fighting Saints in 1972-1973. Soon after, George settled in Minnesota with Ila and their four children, working for Honeywell as an Electrical Engineer for several years. George had done well for himself. However, his story wouldn't end there.
George's entrepreneurial spirit and his love of building long-term relationships inspired him to open a contract engineering company and on June 21, 1974 he founded George Konik Associates (GKA). Throughout the years, George gained a great reputation for treating everyone very fairly and with the utmost respect. Whether an entry-level Technician or senior-level Manager, George treated everyone equally. He was one of the first in the industry to offer contract employees benefits; much to the displeasure of his competitors at the time. He gained a lasting reputation for genuinely caring for all of his employees' and customers' well-being while working very hard to build his company. In June 2000, George sold the company to his son, Brad Konik, who is now our President. George's love of hockey was also passed down to his son. Brad played college hockey at Harvard University, where he was the 100th captain, and also played professional hockey with the Providence Bruins and the Charlotte Checkers. Brad lives in Lakeville with his wife Erin and their two boys, Ben and Hayden. They continue the family hockey tradition with both boys playing for Lakeville North and Brad coaching their teams.
Since we're a local, family-owned company, we value our reputation for being very flexible with our employees and customers. Our clients are typically headquartered in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area or upper Midwest ranging from start-up firms to Fortune 500 companies. In 2014, we celebrated our 40th anniversary and in 2016 and 2017 we were awarded a "Best Companies to Work For" by Minnesota Business Magazine. George Konik passed away peacefully in October 2016 after a courageous battle with Parkinson's Disease. The Konik family values of equality, honesty, integrity and hard work continue and are the core of our company. Brad and everyone at GKA is proud to carry George's legacy forward.