About

SABIC is a joint platform established to promote Slovak - American trade and investments opportunities and support innovation and start-ups.

Goals

SABIC is a joint initiative of the Slovak embassy in Washington D.C., the private sector and nonprofit sector.

Its aim is to promote commercial activities and investments between the US and Slovakia, support Slovakia’s startup ecosystem by fostering bilateral exchange and to engage the Slovak professionals in the US in this process.

Formation of SABIC reflects the growing demand from US businesses active in Slovakia and Slovak businesses entering the US market for a permanent business and innovation focused platform based in the United States.

Among the founding members are some of the most successful examples of Slovak – US business cooperation such as ATT, Honeywell, ESET and Virtual Reality Media.

Board members

Theodore Sedgwick

President of SABIC, Former US Ambassador to Slovakia

Theodore Sedgwick’s career has spanned journalism, publishing, diplomacy and the timber business. He served as U.S. ambassador to Slovakia from 2010-2015 and prior to that launched two publishing/information companies primarily focused on energy.

He has served on the boards of a number of nonprofits including the Civil War Trust (which he chaired), the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Shakespeare Theater Co., the Gennadius Library of Athens, Greece, and the Potomac School of McLean, VA.

He has also served on corporate boards including Atlantic Information Services Inc, Washington Business Information Inc., Inside Higher Ed and Red Hills Lumber Co.

He is currently senior policy adviser at Alston & Bird, a fellow at the Transatlantic Center at The Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies and a senior fellow at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress.

Eric Loeb

SABIC founding member, Senior Vice President for International External and Regulatory Affairs, AT&T

Eric H. Loeb supports AT&T’s international external and regulatory affairs team, which is responsible for advocacy to international departments of the US government, and all branches of government outside the US, including executive, legislative and regulatory agencies, and for international external affairs affecting AT&T and its Affiliates.

Mr. Loeb’s work supports AT&T’s diverse international portfolio – fixed, mobile and satellite platforms; voice, video and broadband; and IoT solutions. In addition to implementing market access and compliance strategies enabling AT&T’s global expansion, Mr. Loeb’s responsibilities also include advocacy on policy matters that promote investment, innovation, and sustainable economic growth across the digital economy ecosystem.

Jim Carroll

Senior Vice President, Government Relations Honeywell International, Inc.

Jim Carroll has been appointed Senior Vice President of Global Government Relations for Honeywell where he will be responsible for leading all global, federal, and state government relations activities and developing and executing Honeywell’s strategic global corporate, regulatory, and government relations strategies. He is also responsible for ensuring strong relationships with regulators and government leaders.

From 2001 to 2017, Mr. Carroll held a number of senior roles for the global professional services firm Accenture where he most recently served as Global Managing Director of Government Relations from 2013-2017. He also was responsible for Accenture’s US Corporate Citizenship program and served on the North America Business Leadership Team.

Prior to joining Accenture in 2001, Mr. Carroll served as vice president of congressional relations for COMSAT Corporation from 1990 to 2000 where he reported to the Chief Executive Officer. From 1986 to 1990, Mr. Carroll held numerous positions in the U.S. Senate including on the Government Affairs Committee and for U.S. Senator Warren B. Rudman (R-NH).

He also served on a number of political campaigns including the 1986 re-election campaign of U.S. Senator Rudman and served as New Hampshire Executive Director of the 1988 Presidential campaign of U.S. Senator Bob Dole (R-KS). Mr. Carroll is active in a number of business, civic and charitable organizations including serving on the Board of Directors of the US Chamber of Commerce, Junior Achievement USA and the Washington Ireland Program. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of New Hampshire.

Anton Zajac

SABIC founding member, CEO at ESET

Anton Zajac’s early work was in the field of theoretical physics and he studied as a mathematical physicist at Comenius University in former Czechoslovakia and earned his doctorate in Natural Sciences in the field of Quantum Theory. In 2000, Dr. Zajac received the Werner von Siemens Scientific Achievement Award.

Fluent in five languages, Dr. Zajac lectures at several universities around the world, including UCSD, USD, and The Center for Graduate Studies of the Institute of Technology in Tijuana, and Iberoamerican University in Mexico. Dr. Zajac founded two high tech companies, including ESET, LLC in 1999 in San Diego and he is the President of ESET NA. Under Dr. Zajac’s direction, vision and perseverance, ESET products are currently sold in more than 180 countries with over 100 million users. He also serves as president of the ESET Foundation.

Under his dynamic leadership, Dr. Zajac was honored as one of San Diego’s Most Admired CEO’s by the San Diego Business Journal and ESET earned the San Diego “Best Software Company” title at the AeA High Tech Awards. The company became the “fastest growing” in San Diego County in 2007 and has received a multitude of awards such as the Outstanding Emerging Business Award by the Regional Chamber of Commerce, Deloitte’s Technology Rankings, as well as recognition at numerous Inc. 500 Ceremonies.

Thomas Kosik

SABIC founding member, Vice President, US Operations at SYNERCO SA

Thomas Kosik is Vice Presidsent of US operations for Virtual Reality Media, a Slovak based training and simulation producer.

Captain Kosik has an ongoing consulting business focusing on aviation issues with specific emphasis on aviation flight operations, training, strategic planning and US government contracts. He has over 35 years of experience as a pilot-in-command of large aircraft at United Airlines, including 21 years as Captain (B-727, B-737, B-767, B-777) flying domestic and international routes.

In 2005-2016, he was President and Founder of Central European Aviation Services, (CEAS) – a marketing and business development organization, responsible for introducing training and simulation products for civilian and military use into the world market. In the past seven years CEAS identified, developed and produced contracts with civilian organization and the US Department of Defense. CEAS has assisted in delivering over $25M USD contracts for Iraq and Afghanistan and the US Army.

Between 2004-2005 he served as Vice President and Director of Operations for Skylink Airways, a new low cost international airline based at Dulles Airport, VA. He has been responsible for establishing an international flight department, incorporating the B-767 200 with full ETOPS capabilities, developing all flight manuals, and securing the manpower and infrastructure leading to FAA certification.

For the period from 1994-2004, Captain Kosik was responsible for establishing operational and safety systems that could be implemented by cockpit crews of the airlines with which United was associated. One key vehicle for this was the Association of Star Alliance Pilots Organization (ASAP) which Captain Kosik founded on behalf of United and headed for ten years.

In 1994, he was part of a United Airlines marketing program to establish a system of international airline code-sharing and alliance relationships. It was necessary to develop and establish operational and safety systems that would function consistently across all participating airlines. In addition to establishing good business practices, the systems were required by the FAA and DOT and codified in Code Sharing Safety Program Guidelines.
He is a graduate of the De Paul University in Chicago.

Peter Kmec

Ex-Officio Director, Slovak ambassador to the U.S.

Peter Kmec earned a graduate degree in International Relations and Affairs at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations in 1990 and a degree in International Law and Legal Studies at Comenius University in Bratislava the same year.
Immediately joining the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Czechoslovakia, he served from 1990 to 1991 in its Department of International Economic Relations in Prague and in 1992 served as an advisor to the chairman of the Chamber of Nations of the Czechoslovak Federal Assembly.
After Slovakia became independent in 1993 P. Kmec joined the newly formed Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Slovakia, serving as Second Secretary with the Slovak Permanent Mission to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Vienna, Austria.
After serving as deputy director in the Department of Security Policy at the Slovakian Foreign Ministry in Bratislava from 1997 to 1998, he served as political counselor on another OSCE mission, this one to Georgia, from 1998 to 1999. Returning to Bratislava he took up the position of deputy chief of the Foreign Minister’s cabinet from 1999 to 2000.
P. Kmec spent the first half of the new century’s first decade as the number two man at two key embassies, serving as deputy chief of mission at Slovakia’s embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel, from 2000 to 2002, and holding the same title at Slovakia’s embassy in Washington, DC, from 2003 to 2005.
Back in Bratislava, P. Kmec served as chief of the Foreign Minister’s cabinet from 2005 to 2007. He was then appointed to his first ambassadorship in 2007, serving as Slovakia’s ambassador to Sweden from August 2007 to July 2012.
Since September 2012 he is the Slovak ambassador to the US.

Richard W. Graber

Founding Chair Emeritus, Former Vice President of Government Relations, Honeywell

Richard W. Graber served as United States Ambassador to the Czech Republic from September 2006 until January 2009. His duties included promoting increased private sector economic cooperation and investment between the countries, encouraging military to military cooperation, supporting enhanced cultural and educational exchanges.

Since leaving Prague, Rick has remained active in international affairs. He was Vice President of Government Relations for Honeywell International. He is responsible for the company’s government relations efforts in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Prior to joining Honeywell, his law practice at Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren (“Reinhart”), one of Wisconsin’s largest law firms, included advising European companies doing business in the United States and representing American companies with business matters in Europe.

In addition to his responsibilities at Honeywell, Rick is serving as co-chairman of the “Graber-Kolar Commission”. The commission was formed and funded by the Center for European Policy Analysis, a Washington DC based think tank, to study the possible decline of relationships between the United States and the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. Rick is also a member of the Council of American Ambassadors.

Rick graduated from Duke University, magna cum laude, in 1978 and from Boston University Law School in 1981

Resources

Companies from Slovakia can learn about the US market and related issues including the export requirements on the website of Trade section of the Slovak embassy in the US.

Further information can also be obtained:

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

1615 H Street, N.W.
Washington, District of Columbia, D.C. 20062-2000
Tel.: (001) 202 659 6000
Fax: (001) 202 4633 173
Website: www.uschamber.org

All relevant information on trade and investment opportunities for potential new business in Slovakia can be found on the website of our partner organization the Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency – SARIO.

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