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 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.

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 June of 2014 he became shareholder in East Point Holding, and assumed the role of Executive Chairman. Nikitovic formed a new management team which currently operates several companies within East Point Holding.

Mr. Nikitovic is married to Ryann Whalen, a practicing attorney. They live in Chicago with their two children.


Desko Nikitović, izvršni predsednik East Point Holdinga, 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 26 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 bi 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 junu 2014 godine, postao je akcionar u East Point Holdingu i postao Izvršni Predsednik Holdinga. Oformio je novi upravljački tim, koji upravlja kompanijama u okviru Holdinga.

Oženjen je sa suprugom Ryann, po zanimanju advokat, i imaju dvoje dece, kćerku 15 godina i sina 12 godina.


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Theological Disambiguations

An Unconventional Handbook of Orthodox Theology

by Rev. Vladan Perisic

Foreword
by Fr John Behr

It is a great pleasure to see this work published, making available some of the most important writings of Fr Vladan Perisic over the last couple of decades available, together in one volume, to an English speaking audience. Fr Vladan’s work is well known in Serbia, and in broader academic and ecumenical circles. But it can now receive the much wider readership that it deserves, and, as a collected volume, its scope, coherence, and significance is sure to receive the recognition it deserves.

The eighteen essays collected here treat diverse topics, from academic theology (and its place in the Church) to questions of life and death, from historically oriented studies, on Sts Ignatius and Gregory Palamas, to contemporary issues, such as human rights and ecology. Each of them is characterized by meticulous scholarship and great insight, clarity of thought and expression.

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