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Ambassador Ljubica Acevska Ambassador Ljubica Acevska

Ambassador Ljubica Z. Acevska served as the Republic of Macedonia’s Ambassador to the United States between 1991-2000. During her time representing the Republic of Macedonia, she successfully established bilateral relations between Macedonia and the United States, and advocated for the U.S. to send troops as U.N. peacekeepers to Macedonia’s northern border in the early 90s. She also oversaw Macedonia's membership in the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, and served as a Macedonian Delegate to the United Nations General Assembly.

After her service as Ambassador, Acevska went on to become a Public Policy Scholar at the prestigious Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. From 2005-2008, she was a co-host of the DC-TV talk show “Conversations,” focusing on international issues. In addition to her current public speaking engagements and international business development consulting work, Acevska is Co-Founder and President of Pencils 4 Kids International, an organization that provides much-needed school supplies to children worldwide. Acevska has served on numerous Boards, and was a founding partner of Gulf Enterprises, which deals in international trade, consulting and development in the Arabian Gulf, with offices in Washington, D.C and Abu Dhabi.

Acevska was born in Capari, Macedonia. She came to the United States with her family at the age of nine, and grew up in Mansfield, Ohio. Acevska completed her undergraduate and postgraduate studies at The Ohio State University in the field of international studies. She attended Harvard University twice, once at the John F. Kennedy School of Government for a fellowship in Leadership in the 21st Century: Chaos, Conflict and Courage, and later at the Harvard Business School for an Executive Development Program sponsored by the World Bank. She currently resides in Washington, D.C. with her husband, psychiatrist and author Dr. Joseph R. Novello.
 
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Dana L. Klein
Dana L. Klein

Dana L. Klein is the current Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Macedonia in Southeast Florida as well as the Managing Director and Owner of DKMC, Inc., a public and international relations firm in South Florida. She also works in real estate and has a real estate investment company called Royal Capital Investments, LLC.

As Honorary Consul General, Ms. Klein’s duties include economic, cultural, and educational exchanges, partnerships, and investments. As Managing Director of DKMC, Inc., Ms. Klein specializes in Marketing, Public Relations, and Business Development for a variety of clients and industries. Programs include but are not limited to: Marketing Management and Strategy, Project Management, Community Consensus Building, Yield Management, Branding, Positioning, and Imaging, Media Relations, Event Marketing, Advertising, Copy Writing, Client, Government, and Investor Relations, and Niche and Target Marketing. As managing member of Royal Capital Investments, LLC, Ms. Klein buys and sells real estate and businesses to and from buyers, sellers, and investors.

Prior to DKMC, Inc., Dana Klein was the Sales Manager of Z99fm in the Cayman Islands for three years creating sales strategies and promotions for such clients as Wendys, Dominoes Pizza, Coca Cola, Budweiser, and Frito Lay. She created an in house advertising agency for the company, developing unique advertising plans with customized jingles. Before moving to the Cayman Islands, Dana worked with Cambridge Cable Television, the Boston Globe, Berkshire Business News, Journal Newspapers, and the Pittsfield Gazette.

Honors include Turkish Cultural Tour Travel Grant Recipient, Key to Broward County, Small Business Person of the Year Nominee, American Business Women’s Association Spirit of Excellence Award, Broward County Crime Stoppers Award for Creative Programming, International Crime Stoppers First Place Video Production Winner, US Marine Corps Certificate of Appreciation, Florida Jaycees State Entrepreneur of the Year, and Hollywood Jaycees Hollywood Entrepreneur of the Year.

Current and past memberships include United Macedonian Diaspora Advisory Council, Political Action Committee of Association of Building Contractors, International Committee for International Swimming Hall of Fame, Executive Board of Broward County Crime Stoppers, Executive Board of Hallandale Beach Chamber of Commerce, Board of Broward County Academy of Travel & Tourism, Board of Downtown Hollywood Business Association,, Hollywood Rotary Club Publicity and Auction Chairperson, Greater Hollywood Jaycees Public Relations Chair, Steering Committee of Hollywood Travel & Tourism Committee , Miami Consular CorpsSouth Broward Board of Realtors, Florida and Broward Farm BureausAventura Marketing Council, South Broward Business Council, Superior Small Lodging Association, Emerson College and Syracuse University Alumni Associations, and Latin, Pompano Beach, Dania Beach, Greater Hollywood, Greater Miami Chambers of Commerce.

Dana Klein has a Master’s Degree from Emerson College in Media Management where she wrote a thesis on the International Impact of American Satellite Policy. She also has a Bachelor of Science Degree from the Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Communications in Radio, Television, and Film Production with a minor in English.
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George Koroloff George Koroloff

George Koroloff was born in Toronto, Ontario, on May 26th, 1947. His parents are Peter and Olga Koroloff from the Village of Drenoveni, Macedonia. He is an Honours graduate of the University of Toronto, and also attended the University of Western Ontario, where he received his Law degree.

Mr. Koroloff has been a lawyer for over 30 years and owns his own firm, which includes administrative, real estate, corporate, estate, family and criminal law. He has performed defence work for College of Physicians and Surgeons, Royal College of Dental Surgeons, Pharmacists College, and was former Counsel to the Chiropractic Association’s Board of Directors.

Mr. Koroloff’s interest in his Macedonian heritage became apparent at a very early age. He was President of the Young Macedonian Patriotic Organization, and throughout his life, has held positions in various Macedonian organizations, such as: current Director of Canadian Macedonian Place; former member of Canadian Macedonian Federation; former Vice-President of the Macedonian Patriotic Organization (Canada); former member of the Macedonian Human Rights Organization; current member of United Macedonian Diaspora; Director of Nasha Sila Macedonian Human Rights Organization. He has also written articles for the Macedonian Tribune newspaper, and has worked actively to fight the human trafficking trade in Eastern Europe. Throughout the years, he has personally met with several Macedonian Prime Ministers for one-on-one consultations regarding Macedonian human rights issues.
 
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Mark B. Mitskovski
Mark B. Mitskovski

Mark B. Mitskovski is a principal of U.S. Demil, LLC. (USD), a company that has developed proprietary state-of-the-art technologies that fully demilitarize conventional munitions safely, without any residual environmental harm, and providing nearly total recovery of constituent materials for reuse. He also works for The Wyvern Group, an engineering consulting firm & Borison International Ltd., a business, energy and project management consulting firm.

Mitskovski has over 25 years of experience in business, project management, and project development, with an emphasis on energy and technology sectors. Prior to joining renewable energy firm BQPES; he served as Erie County Director of Energy Development and Management over five years. He was responsible as Rebuild America Program Manager, the originator of Erie County’s first wind development initiative. This included serving as chief representative and negotiator for Erie County’s Niagara Power Project, a $287 million re-licensing settlement.

Mitskovski has considerable experience providing energy management services to both the public and private sector, and is frequently called on as an expert on such matters. He is multilingual and has worked in the United States, Central Europe and Eastern Europe. He has degrees in Political Science & International Relations, and has an MBA in International Business from Canisius College. He is active in several community organizations and is a Board member of Sts. Cyril and Methody Macedonian-American Orthodox Church in Buffalo, New York.
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Jerry Naumoff Jerry Naumoff

Jerry Naumoff grew up in Columbus, Ohio, in a large, close-knit Macedonian family. His extended family owned and operated a successful restaurant for over 30 years. After earning a football scholarship at Ball State University, where he majored in Marketing & Business Administration, Naumoff embarked on a diverse entrepreneurial career in employee benefits, human resources and risk management.

For the next 12 years, Naumoff worked in the employee benefits business with several large national insurance companies, and two top-ranked Chicago-based consulting firms. He has also started other businesses during his career including importing a private-label mineral water called Pelagonia, owning and operating a Bar and Grill, and building one of the first web-based human resources application providers of its kind called Communicare, Inc. In 1993, he founded The Naumoff Group, Inc. and in 2007, merged his company with Benefitdecisions, Inc., an international employee benefits and human resource advisory services firm. Naumoff is currently the Managing Partner of Benefitdecisions.

Naumoff and his wife LuAnn reside in the Chicago area and have six children, including twin daughters, Marija and Mirjana, who they adopted from the Bitola Orphanage in 1999, at the age of two. Two of their sons, Nicholas and Anthony, graduated from the University American College Skopje (UACS) in 2009. They are now both completing their Masters of Business Administration at UACS, and are working full time for UACS. Nicholas is Information Officer for their Networking Department and Anthony is Coordinator for Study Abroad Programs. In his spare time, Naumoff has managed to sit on a high school Athletic Board, coach a 3-time high school conference championship team as its defensive coordinator.
 
 
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Minister Gligor Tashkovich (ret.)
Minister Gligor Tashkovich (ret.)

Currently, Tashkovich has been retained by Platinum Management (NY) LLC to manage non-USA capital introductions, though he is perhaps best known for his successful two-year mandate as the Minister of Foreign Investment for the Republic of Macedonia. In that position, he travelled to forty countries around the world, in a campaign to inform international firms about the many benefits of basing their European manufacturing, assembly, and back office operations in the Republic of Macedonia.

Previously, Tashkovich was the Executive Vice President for Government & Media Relations for AMBO LLC (the Albanian-Macedonian-Bulgarian Oil Corporation) on the $1.5 billion Trans-Balkan Oil Pipeline project, which will connect the Black Sea with the Adriatic Sea and cross the Republics of Bulgaria, Macedonia, and Albania.

Additionally, between 2001-2006, Tashkovich served as a research consultant to First Data Corporation, gathering forensic intelligence on money laundering and terrorism finance operations; in 2004, Tashkovich was named a delegate to the U.S.-Japan Foundation’s Leadership Program. He serves as a founding Trustee of the American Research Center in Sofia, Bulgaria; an Advisory Board member of investment bank MC Capital in Sydney, Australia; he is a member of the Bretton Woods Committee and of its International Council, a founding member of the U.S.-Macedonian Business Council, and, in 2004, he completed a five year term membership on the Council on Foreign Relations.

As part of Macedonia’s drive to gain recognition in the international community, Tashkovich successfully forged diplomatic relations in the summer of 1993 between Macedonia and Malta; in November of 1993, between Macedonia and Angola; in April of 1994 between Macedonia and Uzbekistan; then again in 2001 between Macedonia and Georgia.

Tashkovich earned his B.A. in 1987 from Cornell University’s College of Arts & Sciences, and his M.B.A. in 1991 from Cornell’s Johnson Graduate School of Management. For over two decades, he was heavily involved with Cornell University affairs, and was the youngest member ever on the Administrative Board of the Cornell University Council. In addition to a native command of English, Tashkovich has proficiency in French, and has studied Latin, Spanish, Macedonian, Bulgarian, and Business Japanese at the university level.
 
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Lou Vlasho Lou Vlasho

Mr. Vlasho’s career as an Executive has span 50 years in positions with Fortune 400 corporations, and privately owned companies. In addition he is an entrepreneur with practical small business experience. Mr. Vlasho is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA). In 1982 he was elected President of Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), the world’s leading management accounting organization. Mr. Vlasho has devoted his time over the last 50 years to many civic and community organizations and affairs in the communities in which he has resided.

Retired/Independent Consultant – The Vlasho Group Inc 1990-Current
Rimaco Corp, Naples, Florida (Vergina Restaurant in Naples).
Vice President 1990 - Current
Gold Bond Ice Cream Inc, Green Bay, Wisconsin (Large Privately Owned Company) 1984 - 1989
Senior Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer – 1986 - 1989
Hobart Corporation, Troy, Ohio (Fortune 400 Company) 1959 - 1984
Vice-President and Controller – 1980 - 1984

In 2007 he was honored by Macedonia when he was appointed Honorary Consul for the Republic of Macedonia to The United States of America. The Consul Office in Naples was officially opened in February, 2008.

In 2008 Mr. Vlasho was presented the degree of Chevalier’s (Commander’s) Cross by the International Order of Saint Stanislas of Macedonia for charitable service. The formal ceremony took place in Kiev, Ukraine

Born in Canton, Ohio
In 2008 Timken High School honored Lou with the Distinguished Alumnus award
Graduate of Ohio University: Bachelor of Science in Commerce, Major Accounting - 1959
Awarded CMA, Certified Management Accountant Certificate in 1975
Ohio University –-Awarded Distinguished Service Award in 2001

Professional/Civic Activities
Editor, A Guide for Management Accounting (Cost
Accountants Handbook), 1983, published by John Wiley & Sons
Listed in Outstanding Young Men in America
Listed in Outstanding Financial Executives
Honored as Troy Ohio Outstanding Young Man of the Year 1968
Beta Alpha Psi, Kent State University, Honorary Member 1983
Collier County, Florida, Current Business Champions 2007
Honored as The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year 2007
Honored by Collier County Education Foundation as Man Of Distinction (MOD) 2008

Was a regular contributor to Professional Journals

Over the years has been actively involved in numerous professional and Civic organizations. Including among others:
President Troy Ohio Chamber of Commerce
Chairman of the Miami County Ohio Heart Association
President of the Troy Ohio Junior Chamber of Commerce
Trustee Edison State Community College, Governor of Ohio appointee
Seven years as President of the Pelican Bay, Naples, Florida, Association Presidents Council
Four year term on the Pelican Bay Services Division, Chairman for over three years

Currently serving as:
*Past President/Chairman of the Greater Naples Better Government Committee. Continues to serve on the Board.
*Vice Chairman of The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce Board
*Past Vice Chairman Council for International Visitors in Collier (CIVIC)
*Co-Founder and past President of The Republicans Men’s Club of Collier County
* Past Vice Chairman of the Board of The Boys and Girls Club of Collier County
* Past Chairman of the City of Naples Community Redevelopment Advisory Board. Continues to serve on the Board.
*Served on Collier County Sheriff’s Innovation (Advisory) Committee
*Past Board of Directors Marco Island YMCA 2006-2007
*Board of Directors Naples Art Association
*Past Vice Chairman Naples Downtown Association
*Active in the affairs of Fifth Avenue, and in local, state and national public policy and political affairs

*He is a member of The North Naples United Methodist Church.

*For several years has been actively involved with the National Prayer Breakfast, held in Washington DC, and was instrumental in establishing the Greater Balkans Luncheon held during NPB week. Along with Ohio Senator Voinovich, he Co-Chairs this now annual luncheon. Annually 100 individuals, from through out the Balkan area, attend the luncheon.

Mr. Vlasho has been a full time resident of Naples area since 1989. He and his wife, Pat, reside in Pelican Bay. Previously he resided in Canton, Ohio, his birthplace, Troy, Ohio for 25 years and Green Bay, Wisconsin for 4 years

Lou has two sons, Vince a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, who lives in the Washington DC area with his wife and two daughters, and Steve, a graduate of The Ohio State University, who lives in the Los Angeles area. His first wife of 38 years, Jan, is deceased.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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