WHO ARE WE?
A multidisciplinary team of Croatians both in our Homeland and abroad whose main goal is to connect business people from Croatia and its diáspora in order to enhance the diaspora’s investment in the Homeland.
Because we know that Croatia has enormous potential which is still to be developed with its already fantastic quality of life and because we believe that Croatia’s population is 8 million people and not just 4.5!
To connect Croatians abroad with people and business opportunities in Croatia via practical online and offline knowledge-sharing, matchmaking and networking forums.
A future where possibilities, opportunities and dreams of doing business with or in the homeland will drive a new era of Croatian economic development, growth and productivity.
ORGANIZING COMMITTEE AND PARTNERS
President of Croatian Youth (1983-1990) and Vice President of Croatian Club (2001-2004) in Venezuela.
He attended the first World Congress of Croatian Youth in Exile (Paris 1985) and also the second one (Toronto 1987).
Organized political lobby for Croatia in Venezuela. As a result of this work, Venezuelan Congress was the first one in the world to recognize the independence of Croatia.
Representative of Croatian World Congress for Venezuela (2006) and for South America (2014-present)
Graduated in Business Management at the Faculty of Economics, Universidad Santa Maria in 1986. He worked in the fields of construction and real estate for 10 years.
Founded the first meeting center in Caracas, FORUM Zagreb (1996) with more than 33,000 events in 20 years.
Founded another family business in Croatia, FORUM Zagreb Congress Center (2012).
Married in 1987. Wife Mara Vitols, children Petar (25), Anna Mara (23) and Kristian (20).
Mara Vitols – Hrgetić
Her first job was precisely for FUNINDES-USB, the Foundation for Research and Development of the same university, in a project for Petróleos de Venezuela, the nation’s oil industry.
After many years as systems analyst in the family business (building construction) and as assistant to the Latvian Consul in Venezuela, she started, with husband Josip Hrgetić, their own business – a conference and meeting center in Caracas (in 1996, still operating).
In 2012 their opened a sibling business in Croatia, FORUM Zagreb congress center. Since 2015 they organize annual business meetings for Croatia and its diaspora.
Josip & Māra have 3 children – one lives in Venezuela, two in Croatia.
Antun Krešimir Buterin
From 1996 to 2008 he worked in the Croatian political daily Vjesnik, where he passed all stages of journalism – city column journalist, proofreader and corrector, assistant to the editor of the Sunday edition, journalist, desk editor and editor of special editions.
Since 2008 he was the editor of Zaštita, the only Croatian security magazine, where he launched a number of new projects and professional conferences, and was also the author conceived the first national research on the safety of the Croatian cities, which he conducted for four years. In addition to his journalistic work and editing the magazine and web portal, he also worked as a marketing manager who successfully brought the world’s leading security companies as advertisers in the small Croatian magazine.
In 2014 he began working at the Congress Centre FORUM Zagreb as a Head of Marketing and Sales. In the spring of 2015 he was invited to join reputable international corporation Hikvision, the world’s biggest producer of video surveillance cameras and equipment. For over a year now, he is working as a Hikvision’s Business Development Manager for Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro and Malta.
Since 2006 he is dedicated to humanitarian work, participating in the establishment of the Ana Rukavina Foundation, where he is an active member of the Executive Committee from the beginning, and more recently the Board of Directors.
He participated in the creation of the Meeting G2 Conference from day 1, and volunteered in the first Conference in 2015.
After finishing Psychology on FFZG he went on Executive MBA on Cotrugli Business School. Further education is NLP Leadership Academy, and EU Funds Project Manager.
First position in Human Resources was in Ledo and after that he spent 4 years working in L’Oreal Adria. Next two years he was HR Manager in Billa and after that position he worked as HR consultant on different projects (from headhunting to rightsizing and organizational change) in different industries.
Currently he is on the position of CHRO in Rimac Automobili. Additionally he is lecturing on different business schools on the topics of HR and Corporate Culture.
In his free time, he is President of MBA Croatia, association which is gathering all MBA alumni in Croatia, and president of business-humanitarian organization POZA.
Goran Pivarski is an expert in the field of communications with more than 15 years of experience in external and internal communications in various types of organizations such as regional and multinational companies, PR agencies, state institutions and associations.
In the course of that period, he has gained experience in external and internal communications, ranging from corporate communications, crisis management to digital marketing and corporate social responsibility. He has accomplished many successful projects and high-performance achievements for various industries (IT, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, finance, logistics, packaging…).
Today, he has his own company which offers support in the field of communications consulting to various organizations with the goal of creating, enhancing and maintaining the image of organizations toward their different stakeholders.
He is responsible for media relations and content creation regarding the Conference Meeting G2.4.
Eugene B. Jones
Vast experience developing, implementing and maintaining integrated end-to-end marketing, sales and communications strategies in sectors including federal government, telecommunications, FMCG’s, education, transport, health, property and construction led Brcic Jones to establish Venatus Jones d.o.o. in 2018 - a consulting agency that helps small to medium-sized enterprises grow their businesses to the next level.