La Jolla 10 Questions: Lynn Gorguze blends business career with community service

Lynn E. Gorguze is president and CEO of Cameron Holdings Corp., which acquires and operates privately held middle-market manufacturing companies. She sits on the boards of the New Children’s Museum and the La Jolla Community Foundation. She is co-chair of the capital campaign for the Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment.

Previous non-profit board positions include Francis Parker High School, the National Council of the Olin Business School of Washington University in St. Louis, Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest and Sanford-Burnham Institute.

Gorguze has a M.B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis and a B.S. in geology and oceanography from Duke University. In 2006, she was awarded the Washington University, Olin School of Business Distinguished Business Alumni Award. She has been married to Congressmember Scott Peters, U.S. District 52, for more than 25 years. They have two adult children who were born and raised in San Diego.

What brought you to La Jolla?

I came for a job with Aldila, Inc. in 1989. They manufacture graphite golf club shafts.

What might you add, subtract or improve in the area?

I’d like to see a vibrant Village core, which includes well-planned public spaces and more public art, a pedestrian mall along parts of Girard Avenue and Prospect Street, and more well designed condos and apartments, so people can live and work in the Village.

Who or what inspires you?

My inspiration comes from my parents, my husband, being in nature and the people at my dinner party listed in the next question.

If you hosted a dinner party for eight, whom (living or deceased) would you invite?

My dream dinner party would include (assuming it’s a table for 10 because I couldn’t have all these inspirational people over without inviting my husband, Scott Peters): Queen Elizabeth I, Mahatma Gandhi, George Washington, Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, Jim Kim (World Bank president), Mike Krzyzewski and Christine Lagarde (head of the International Monetary Fund).

What are you reading?

I’m currently reading “The Rape of Europa,” by Lynn Nicholas.

What is it that you most dislike?

Waiting when I have an appointment or a reservation, and when I am the customer but not treated like it.

What is your most-prized possession?

I have a box of special cards, letters and notes from friends and family, which I have saved over the years. They lift my spirits even on a rainy day.

What do you do for fun?

Read, walk on the beach, travel, exercise and hike.

What is your motto or philosophy of life?

Anything worth doing is hard ... except eating ice cream.

What would be your dream vacation?

Two weeks anywhere with my two kids and husband at a location that combines history and relaxation. All electronics would be left at home and at night we would play board games.