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

Desko Nikitovic

Desko Nikitovic, Executive Chairman of East Point Metals Ltd, 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 30 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.

In January of 2003, Nikitovic was appointed Consul General of Serbia in Chicago.

During his tenure as Consul General, Mr. Nikitovic pursued strong economic ties with the United States. He secured the prominent “Sister City” relationship between the Serbian Capitol Belgrade and the City of Chicago.

Moreover, Nikitovic initiated the “Sister States” agreement between the State of Illinois and the Republic of Serbia; the agreement between the airports O’Hare International and Airport Nikola Tesla in Belgrade and started the program of Sister Schools among Belgrade and Chicago elementary schools. His work as Consul General reflected his advocacy for economic, educational and cultural ties between the US and Serbia.

Mr. Nikitovic served as a Vice-Dean of the Consular Corps in Chicago from 2007-2013. He had been active in a number of Chicago civic organizations including the Serbian Bar Association of America, the Union League Club, Executives Club and the Economic Club of Chicago. Nikitovic is a frequent guest speaker at various universities and other educational forums on issues regarding Serbia and the former Yugoslavia. He is currently the Chairman of Chicago – Belgrade Sister City Committee and a Board member of The Florentine Opera in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In October of 2013, Patriarch of Serbian Orthodox Church awarded Mr. Nikitovic with the Czar Constantine Award. On May 7, 2016, he received a Major Felman Merit Award from The Serbian American Bar Association.

After serving for 11 years as the Consul General of Serbia in Chicago Mr. Nikitovic, completed his diplomatic career in September of 2013 in pursuit of opportunities in the private sector. Nikitovic formed Capital Link International, an International business consulting company in Chicago. In February of 2014 he began consulting for Darby Overseas, a US Private Equity fund, as an Executive Director for East Point Holding; a Cypress based International Company operating in Serbia.

In August of 2015 he became majority shareholder in East Point Metals Ltd, a parent Company of Sevojno Copper Mill, and assumed the role of Executive Chairman. Nikitovic is also the President of the Supervisory Board of Sevojno Copper Mill company, with an annual revenue close to 200 million dollars. As dual citizen of Serbia and the United States, he shares his time between Belgrade and Chicago and helps many charitable causes in both Countries.


Desko Nikitović, Izvršni Predsednik East Point Metals Ltd, je rođen 11. novembra 1960 godine u Arilju, Srbija. Završio je Pravni fakultet u Beogradu, 1989 godine. Aktivno se zalagao za demokratizaciju Srbije kroz učešće u opozicionom pokretu od 1987 - 1990 godine. Emigrirao je u Sjedinjene američke države 1990 godine, gde živi poslednjih 30 godina.

Kao predstavnik srpske dijaspore predvodio sve anti ratne demonstracije u Čikagu tokom rata u Jugoslaviji 1999 godine. Predstavljao je srpsku zajednicu u mnogobrojnim nastupima na glavnim televizijskim i radio kanalima, kao CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, FOX, National Public Radio, kao i drugim medijima.

Bio je Predsednik Kongresa srpskog ujedinjenja u Čikagu od 1998-2002.

Imenovan za Generalnog konzula Srbije u Čikagu, januara 2003 godine.

Zalagao se za poboljšanje ekonomske saradnje između Srbije i Sjedinjenih američkih država i organizovao bratimljenje Beograda i Čikaga 2005 godine. Takođe, inicirao je bratimljenje Srbije i Države Illinois, aerodroma Nikola Tesla u Beogradu i aerodroma O'Hare u Čikagu, kao i povezivanje osnovnih škola iz Beograda i osnovne škole Ogden iz Čikaga. Dao je veliki doprinos unapređenju ekonomske saradnje i ukupnih odnosa između Srbije i SAD-a. Kao Generalni konzul postigao je izuzetne rezultate u povezivanju matice i dijaspore i pružanju konzularne zaštite srpskim državljanima, uključujući spasavanje dece porodice Nastić u Sjedinjenim Državama.

Generalni konzul Desko Nikitović je bio Podpredsednik diplomatskog kora u Čikagu, kao i član Srpsko-američke advokatske komore, Union League kluba, Ekonomskog kluba, Executive's kluba i drugih društvenih asocijacija u Čikagu. Bio je čest govornik na Univerzitetima i drugim kulturnim i obrazovnim forumima u Čikagu i Americi. Trenutno je Predsednik komiteta pobratimljenih gradova Beograda i Čikaga i član borda Florentine opere u Milwaukee-ju, Država Wisconsin. Odlikovan je od strane Patrijarha Srpske Pravoslavne Crkve ordenom Cara Konstantina. U maju 2016 godine, primio je odlikovanje za životno delo “Major Felman Merit Award“, od strane Srpsko američke advokatske komore.

Posle 11 godina na mestu Generalnog konzula, Nikitović je završio diplomatski mandat u septembru 2013 godine i nastavio karijeru u privatnom sektoru. Osnovao je konsultantsku firmu Capital Link International u Čikagu i počeo saradnju sa Darby Overseas, Američkim Private Equity fondom, kao Izvršni direktor u East Point Holdingu, kiparskom firmom sa poslovanjem u Srbiji.

U avgustu 2015 godine, postao je većinski akcionar u East Point Metals Ltd, kompaniji u čijem sastavu je Valjaonica bakra Sevojno i preuzeo ulogu Izvršnog predsednika. Nikitović takođe obavlja funkciju Predsednika nadzornog odbora Valjaonice bakra u Sevojnu, kao njen većinski vlasnik. Kao dvojni državljanin Srbije i Sjedinjenih država, provodi vreme između Beograda i Čikaga i podržava više humanitarnih organizacija.


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Bishop Maxim (Vasiljević)

(2006–)

For the last eleven years the ruling bishop of the Western American Diocese is Maxim (Vasiljević,) well known in academic circles since he holds several academic titles and is professor of the Faculty of Orthodox Theology at the University of Belgrade. Maxim (secular name Milan Vasilje¬vić) was born on June 27, 1968 in Foča, Yugoslavia, into a family of a priest. His father Lazar is a priest and mother Radmila, nee Todorović.

After finishing elementary school in Sarajevo (1983), he studied Seminary school in Belgrade (finished in 1988), served the army, and enrolled into the Faculty of Orthodox Theology in the same city.

He was tonsured a monk in Tvrdos Monastery, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on August 18, 1996, by Bishop Atanasije of Herzegovia, who also ordained him a deacon (1996) and priest in 2001.

Bishop Maxim graduated from the Faculty of Orthodox Theology at the University of Belgrade in 1993. He completed his Masters of Theology at the University of Athens in 1996, and then three years later, in 1999, at the same University, he defended his doctorate in the field of Dogmatics and Patristics with the title, “Participation in God” in the Theological Anthropology of St. Gregory Nazianzen and St. Maximus the Confessor.

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In the Mirror

A Collection of Iconographic Essays and Illustrations

By Fr. Stamatis Skliris

The Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Western America is pleased to announce the publication of an outstanding book by Fr. Stamatis Skliris, a disciple of the great twentieth-century theologians Archimandrite Justin Popovich and Bishop Athanasius Yevtich. Fr. Stamatis is a parish priest in Athens and is renowned as an iconographer and as a writer and lecturer on Byzantine iconography.

In the Mirror is the second of a planned collection of works of contemporary theologians. It is an anthology of Fr. Stamatis’ articles which have appeared in Greek and Serbian. In it, he combines adherence to the teachings of the Church Fathers with a vibrant expression of faith through the experience of Christ in the Church. The book is adorned with more than 200 striking icons and illustrations by Fr. Stamatis.

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