AFoCR Vice President Patricia Stack lived in Prague with her husband, banker Jack Stack, from 2000 through 2007. While Mr. Stack served as CEO of Česka Spořitelna, the Czech Republic’s largest retail bank, Mrs. Stack participated extensively in various civic organizations, including the International Women’s Association of Prague, serving as President for two years and Editor of the organization’s monthly magazine for an additional year. Mrs. Stack also held the position of President of the Money Club, Ladies Division, a civic arm of Česka Spořitelna.
AFoCR past President and Vice President Phil Kasik is a founding director of AFoCR. He served as Treasurer from 1995 through 2002 and President from 2002 through 2004. Phil was the Project Manager for completing the Masaryk Memorial Project and for ongoing upkeep and maintenance of the statue and park grounds. He also managed the AFoCR effort to realize nearly 30 flood relief projects in the Czech Republic after the tragic floods of 2002.
AFoCR Secretary and past President Robert W. Doubek founded AFoCR in 1995 and served as its president through the end of 1998. He was instrumental in mobilizing public support for Czech admission to NATO. In 1996 he launched the project to rebuild the Woodrow Wilson Monument in Prague and has directed the project since the beginning.
AFoCR Executive Vice President Bill Cabaniss joined AFoCR in 2007. After graduating with a B.A. degree from Vanderbilt University in 1960, Bill Cabaniss entered the United States Army, where he served as an Airborne Ranger First Lieutenant. In 1964, after a three-year tour of duty in Germany, he was awarded the Army Commendation Medal. After his service in the armed forces, Mr.
AFoCR President and Director Thomas A. Dine has had a 49-year career in foreign affairs and the politics of U.S. foreign policy.
A participant on five non-profit boards, he currently serves as President of the American Friends of the Czech Republic, Vice Chair of Freedom House, President of the California House Condominium Association, and board member of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and Artists for Human Rights.
AFoCR Chairman and Director Fred Malek is Founder and Chairman of Thayer Lodging Group, a private equity firm that has acquired over $3 billion of hotel assets and has consistently earned top returns for investors. Thayer recently acquired the largest independent hotel management company in the world, Interstate Hotels, and in addition to its U.S. interests has three hotel related ventures in China. Mr. Malek is also the Founder and Chairman of Thayer Capital Partners, a Washington D.C. based corporate buyout firm.