A great man is one who collects knowledge the way a bee collects honey and uses it to help people overcome the difficulties they endure - hunger, ignorance and disease!
- Nikola Tesla

Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.
- Franklin Roosevelt

While their territory has been devastated and their homes despoiled, the spirit of the Serbian people has not been broken.
- Woodrow Wilson

Milan Panic

The story of Milan Panic is a very American story – emblematic of the people who made America what it is today. America is a nation of immigrants and Panic possesses the very qualities of first generation immigrants who turned America into an economic powerhouse: boundless optimism, a burning desire to succeed, and an enormous appetite for work.

Milan Panic is the founder and owner of MP Global Enterprises and Associates LLC, headquartered in Costa Mesa, California. The company focuses on both business and humanitarian issues around the world.

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Ronald Radakovich

Ronald Ron Radakovich retired as Vice-President of Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Corporation. A Minnesota native he holds  a B.S. and Master’s degrees from the University of Minnesota. His parents emigrated from Lika and Bosna. Ron serves on several Boards of Directors, including the Byzantine American Alliance of Northern California and the Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute at the University of California, Berkeley. Former Vice-President of the Western American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church and Executive Committee member of the International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) of Northern California, he is currently the Counselor Emeritus of the Serbian Orthodox Church-Western American Diocese. He is a Serbian Unity Congress Board member.

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Nick D. Petrovich

Nick D. Petrovich - former Serbian Unity Congress President. Formerly VP Finance of Monsanto Chemical Company's Mexico subsidiary, Managing Director for Latin America for American Standard Company, President and founder of Intercapital S.A., and BRP S.A.a management consulting firm, and former V.P of Board of Trustees University of the Americas. Currently board member of Achieve Global, and Challenger Corp., Mexico.

Nick was born in Uzice, Serbia. In 1950 he immigrated to US where he lived for twelve years. In 1962 he moved to Mexico.

Nick is married and has three children, Alex, Olga and Ana.

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Paul Yovovich

Mr. Paul G. Yovovich is a Co-Founder, President, Principal, Director, and Member of Executive Committee at Lake Capital. He co-founded the firm and serves in this position since 1998. Mr. Yovovich co-founded Lake Capital Partners, L.P. and Lake Capital Partners II, L.P and serves as their President and Principal. He has more than 30 years of experience as a Senior Executive, Principal Investor and Corporate Director. Prior to this, he Founded Lighthouse Global Network. Prior to this, Mr. Yovovich served as the Chief Executive Officer of Huron Consulting Group Inc. since April 2004..

Nenad Vukićević

Born: Jagodina, Serbia. Education: Graduated from University of Belgrade, Electrical Engineering. Emigrated to USA in 1984. Provides consulting and software development services in the area of embedded systems, systems software, and communications. President of the Serbian Unity Congress 2002-2005, former President of the local Serbian church Board in Saratoga for many years and provides web and Internet support for SUC. President, founder and creator of the Serbian Blago Fund. Married with three children, and resides in Los Altos, California.

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Desko Nikitovic

Desko Nikitovic, Executive Chairman of East Point Holdings, was born in Arilje, Serbia on November 11, 1960. He received his law degree from the University of Belgrade in 1989. From 1987 to 1990, Mr. Nikitovic was an active member of the “opposition movement” advocating democracy in Serbia. He immigrated to the United States in 1990 and has lived in Chicago for the past 26 years.

As a representative of Serbian diaspora in the United States, Mr. Nikitovic made numerous appearances on US national and local television and radio programs, promoting democratic changes in Yugoslavia. He served as President of the Serbian Unity Congress in Chicago, from 1998-2002.

Luka Erceg

Luka Erceg, JD, LLM, MBA, CIRA
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Luka Erceg is a Canadian-born, American entrepreneur who has focused on sustainable/clean tech ventures. He holds a Juris Doctorate (J.D.), Master of Laws (LL.M.), Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), and Bachelor of Marketing (B.Com.). He is a Certified Turnaround Professional (C.T.P) through the Turnaround Management Association (T.M.A.), a Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisor (C.I.R.A.) through the Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors (A.I.R.A.) and holds the Series 65 license from the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA).

Lazar Stojkovic

UI/UX Designer

Focus: User experience, product management, entrepreneurship

I conduct user research, build interactive prototypes, perform usability tests, create clean and intuitive UI for Web and mobile apps, and write production-ready code in HTML/CSS/JS. I have over 7 years of experience designing digital products across a variety of industries. I founded three companies in Europe and currently work at a stealth-stage startup in San Francisco.

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Aleksandar Kavčić

Adjunct Faculty, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Kavčić received a degree in electrical engineering from Ruhr-University in Bochum, Germany, and a doctoral degree in electrical and computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

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Sailors of the Sky

A conversation with Fr. Stamatis Skliris and Fr. Marko Rupnik on contemporary Christian art

In these timely conversations led by Fr. Radovan Bigovic, many issues are introduced that enable the contemporary reader to deepen and expand his or her understanding of the role of art in the life of the Church. Here we find answers to questions on the crisis of contemporary ecclesiastical art in West and East; the impact of Impressionism, Expressionism, Cubism, Surrealism and Abstract painting on contemporary ecclesiastical painting; and a consideration of the main distrinction between iconography and secular painting. The dialogue, while resolving some doubts about the difference between iconography, religious painting, and painting in general, reconciles the requirement to obey inconographic canons with the freedom essential to artistic creativity, demonstrating that obedience to the canons is not a threat to the vitatlity of iconography. Both artists illumine the role of prayer and ascetisicm in the art of iconography. They also mention curcial differences between iconography in the Orthodox Church and in Roman Catholicism. How important thse distinctions are when exploring the relationship between contemporary theology and art! In a time when postmodern "metaphysics' revitalizes every concept, these masters still believe that, to some extent, Post-Modernism adds to the revitatiztion of Christian art, stimulating questions about "artistic inspiration" and the essential asethetic categories of Christian painting. Their exceptionally wide, yet nonetheless deep, expertise assists their not-so-everday connections between theology, ar, and modern issues concerning society: "society" taken in its broader meaning as "civilization." Finally, the entire artistic project of Stamatis and Rupnik has important ecumenical implications that aswer a genuine longing for unity in the Christian word.

The text of this 94-page soft-bound book has been translated from the Serbian by Ivana Jakovljevic, Fr. Gregory Edwards, and Andrijana Krstic. Published by Sebastian Press, Western American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Contemporary Christian Thought Series, number 7, First Edition, ISBN: 978-0-9719505-8-0