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Directors

Jiri Maly

Dr. Jiri Maly is a senior business executive with over 20 years of operations, finance, M&A, and capital projects experience, successfully building, leading, and growing businesses in the defense, infrastructure, utilities, industrials, and natural resource sectors.

Cecilia Rokusek

Dr. Cecilia Rokusek became President and CEO of the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library (NCSML) in September, 2018. A native Midwesterner who is fluent in the Czech and Slovak languages, Dr. Rokusek has held top academic and administrative positions at several colleges and universities since 1976. Since 2008 she has been the Slovak Honorary Consul for Florida. During her career she has established many academic affiliations with institutions in the Czech and Slovak Republics.
 

Jan Smilek

Jan grew up in Jesenik, Czech Republic. Shortly after the Velvet Revolution, Jan joined Prague’s office of Price Waterhouse as one of the first local employees. He worked on multiple privatization projects and the first ever international audits of Czech and Slovak financial institutions. He later transferred to the U.S. and worked in PWC’s offices in Miami and Washington, D.C.

Alexander Braun

Alex is an award-winning strategist specializing in research-based consulting. He has provided counsel to presidents, prime ministers and other high level political clients in more than 70 campaigns around the globe. His clients include presidents in Ukraine, Mexico and the Philippines and prime ministers in the United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Croatia and Slovenia. In addition to polling, Alex typically advises on campaign strategy and management, messaging, targeting and field organizing.
 

John F. Kotouc

A native Nebraskan, John Kotouc graduated from Omaha Westside High School and thereafter Harvard University (AB) with post graduate studies at Westminster (BD), University of Nebraska Law School (JD), and YPO Executive Education at Stanford Business School.

Mr. Kotouc is a third-generation banker.  He is Executive Chairman of American National Bank, Omaha, a board member of Western Bank, Saint Paul, Minnesota, and Co-Chairman and Co-CEO of parent American National Corporation, a $2.5 billion regional banking company with operations in Nebraska, Iowa and Minnesota.

Richard W. Graber

AFoCR Director:  Ambassador Richard W. Graber served as United States Ambassador to the Czech Republic from September 2006 until January 2009.  As Ambassador, he was responsible for all matters affecting the United States in the Czech Republic and for maintaining and strengthening the historically friendly relationship between the countries.

Richard F. Schubert

AFoCR Director Dick Schubert has served in leadership positions in law, business, government and the non-profit sector.  He currently serves as Senior Vice President of Executive Coaching Network, and Washington Representative and founding board member of Management & Training Corporation.

In addition, he serves as Chairman Emeritus of the International Youth Foundation, Vice Chairman and founding board member of the Drucker Foundation and Vice Chairman and founding board member of the Josephson Institute of Ethics.

Fritz L. Duda

Fritz L. Duda is chief executive officer of Genus Holdings, LLC, a Dallas-based investment company and founder and owner of the Fritz Duda Company, a privately held real estate development company with offices in Dallas, Texas, Newport Beach, California, and Chicago, Illinois. 

Mr. Duda has served on the boards of a number of private and public companies.  He was a founding investor and director of HMI Acquisitions and, subsequently, The Vons Companies, Inc. from 1985 to 1997 when the company was merged with Safeway. 

George Drost

AFoCR Director George T. Drost is an attorney with Drost Kivlahan McMahon & O’Connor LLC a prominent law firm in the Chicago area.  Mr. Drost concentrates in estate planning, corporate law, and international law.  He is experienced in a variety of sophisticated estate planning and wealth transfer techniques, including revocable and irrevocable trusts, family limited partnerships, charitable gift planning, and tax qualified plan distributions.  Mr. Drost has also been involved in establishing succession plans for several multi-million dollar corporate clients.

Hana Slamova Callaghan

AFoCR Director Hana Callaghan was born and raised in Prague, Czech Republic. She received her Bachelor of Arts (Sociology and Cultural Anthropology) from Charles University, Philosophical Faculty, in Prague and completed her Master of Arts (Communication) at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.

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