KSTP am1500: Patrick Reusse and Co. - Interview with Boris on November 3, 2009

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Cortec's Journey

From the Garage to A World Leader!

"Have you ever told yourself that one day you would tell off your boss and start from the beginning, building your own dream? Boris Miksic is one of the relative few who made that dream come true for him when he quit his job and that same year started his own company."- Dan Heilman, Twin Cities Business Magazine, January 2012.

He moved to United States from his native Croatia in 1974 - a result he says of being blacklisted from finding work as an engineer due to his participation in anti-Communist rallies. He wound up in Minnesota. After some time in and out of the corporate world, Miksic decided to launch his own business, starting at ground zero. [READ MORE]

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Global Ambitions

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Doing business in India

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Croatian Eco Plants - founded an Eco-Cluster!

On September 16, 2011, the Day of Open Doors was held, jointly organized by two eco-companies- EcoCortec and Eco Vrelo. The event took place inside of the facilities in Beli Manastir. The board was very pleased to host a large number of guests, among whom were business partners from Croatia and Europe, as well as relevant entrepreneurs and representatives of local and regional governments.

On this occasion, the Charter establishing the Eco-cluster was signed, by the co-founders of the two companies, with support of the City of Beli Manastir. The Charter was signed by, Boris Miksic, CEO of EcoCortec, Nevenka Topic, co-owner and director of Eco Vrelo,and the Mayor of Beli Manastir, Ivan Dobos.They expressed their hope that in the near future other companies that are environmentally conscious will join them. The goal of Eco-cluster is the promotion of environmentally friendly products such as biodegradable packaging and natural organic juices.After the opening speeches and signing ceremony, the management took the guests on a tour of the facilities followed by a presentation of current corporate actions and future plans.

Boris Miksic with wife Ines and EcoCortec team.

Boris Miksic pointed out that this regional area needs this kind of cluster, which focuses on ecological, organic production and export.- 'We are in a full production for already four years, we have completed a second phase of expansion in which we have invested 3.5 million kunas, and soon we will build a new production hall in size of 5,000 square meters which will enable us to become one of the largest manufacturers of biodegradable plastics in Europe' - said Mr. Miksic, adding that in ecology, there is a synergy. Eko Vrelo will have their eco-friendly products packed in our biodegradable packaging and we will use the samples produced in Eco Vrelo.

What brings these two plants together is definitely the export-oriented, organic production as well as investments in new technologies, using environmentally friendly products which can become a Croatian brand and greatly increase the image of Croatia throughout Europe and worldwide. They are characterized by strong vision of the investment, which followed by top patents, guarantees success in the global market. The founders of the cluster are also hoping to also be supported by state government, because such economical projects are greatly needed in Croatia.


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Rotten Croatian Politics

WikiLeaks has made public some secret diplomatic documents of the U.S. Embassy in Zagreb, which describe a shameless fraud of the Croatian people by those who were chosen to represent them. It is no doubt that leading Croatian politicians in the first decade of the 21st century have deceived their voters. Diplomatic documents claim that Ivo Sanader  betrayed everything he said in his famous speech in Split, even before he came to power. 

Great Prime minister - Sanader


Just four days before he would become a prime minister, he had a phone conversation with Carla del Ponte, where he promised her to fully cooperate with Hague tribunal. This was the completely opposite of all the promises that he made publicly, and meant that he was willing to hand over Croatian generals to a tribunal in Hague.
In order to deceive the public in Croatia about the essence of Sanader's politics, cooperation of all the factors was required in hiding the truth. This meant involving another 'great' and 'decent' Croat, Miomir Zuzul. Zuzul has requested a guarantee from head of the Office of the Hague Tribunal- Thomas Osorio,that Croatian public will not find out about the agreement.
Carla del Ponte, during one of visit to Croatia in 2003, met with Mesic and Racan, and talked to representatives of the embassies accredited in Zagreb. On this occasion Del Ponti gave them information that a year ago President Stjepan Mesic told her that he had personally seen general Gotovina in Zagreb, under the police escort!

Mesic today, of course, is 'astonished', about this statement made by Ponte. However, it is interesting that no one ever throughout the years has denied these claims. Although the content of the conversation with representatives of the embassies could not remain secret to Croatian officials.
It's probably not necessary to explain what kind of the effect did the claim that 'Ante Gotovina is strolling through Zagreb', made by the President of the Republic, have on foreign representatives. There is probably no greater evidence of the corrupted and dishonest politics,  but when the President itself appears as a witness that the government of his country is lying.
After all that's been exposed, the question that naturally arises is; what role in all this has Jadranka Kosor. And not just in the events that were mentioned on WikiLeaks, but also today. The question that arises is; how come Croatian government continues to generously finance the Office of the former president, when the chief editor of Vjesnik newspapers, that is under the direct control of  the government, Bruno Lopandic, explains in details how Stjepan Mesic had damaged the country, only in the aspect of policy concerning Libya.

A strange and unprincipled Kosor- Mesic coalition, actually has a long history. It must be remembered that it was Jadranka Kosor who was HDZ's presidential candidate assigned just to cede second presidential term to Mesic. Her work in favor of Mesic, Jadranka Kosor did during the campaign so well that danger occurred,  that instead of her, the runner in second round of Presidential elections will be Boris Miksic. The difference in votes was so tight that the doubts about the set up have never been removed. The aim was to put into a second round of elections a person that could surely be defeated by Mesic.

The illusion of democracy

The question that should be asked is; What is the purpose of an election process in Croatia? What do people choose when they are so shamelessly deceived and manipulated, as it reveals WikiLeaks? What's the point of the illusion of the democracy when the political affairs in Croatia are being resolved on  levels that are not available to public eye.
Someone recently said that any real change in Croatia will be able to take place only when Stjepan Mesic is left without office, or at least one member of the "left" political establishment finally ends up in jail. Everything else only indicates that Croatia is ruled exactly the same, as it has been ruled before the first democratic elections, when democracy was practiced in a system of one-party rule.

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Boris Miksic shares his experience

Boris Miksic sharing his experience with young engineers at Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture

Boris Miksic, CEO of Cortec Corporation held a presentation at Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, University of Zagreb, Croatia. Mr. Miksic, CEO of Cortec Corporation as one of Croatia most successful businessmen and candidate for Croatian Parliamentary Elections 2011 was invited to give lecture to students and professors about how to build a world class company and have fun in life.

U novom uredu: Boris i Ines Mikšić, prof. dr. sc. Ivan Juraga, direktorica EcoCortec-a Ivana Radić Boršić i Ana Juraga.

Mr Miksic accompanied by wife Ines and mother Nina, with Dean Ivan Juraga

After an introductory speech of Faculty Dean, Ivan Juraga, Mr. Miksic as a former student of this University has advised current students on numerous subjects like starting a business, facing various challenges, as well as on trends in the industry, market positioning, and implementing acquired knowledge in practice. After presentation, constructive discussion was led on a wide range of topics, among other things about economical situation today in Croatia and the world. Numerous students gathered, asked Mr. Miksic questions about possibilities for engineers in Croatia and abroad, wanting to know what were the most important factors for his success. They also wanted to know about future plans concerning his political career. Boris Miksic especially emphasised the importance of product innovations for future engineers, he stated that hard devoted work, determination and creative ideas are among key factors for success and good placement on the market. After the presentation Mr.Miksic held a signing ceremony, regarding his book American Dream: a guy from Croatia.

U novom uredu: Boris i Ines Mikšić, prof. dr. sc. Ivan Juraga, direktorica EcoCortec-a Ivana Radić Boršić i Ana Juraga.

Boris Miksic sharing his experience with young engineers

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National Geographic Around The World Expedition

Itinerary

National Geographic Around The World Expedition

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Boris crosses the equator, and is baptized as a Galapagos Shellback

Certificate

Galapagos Shellback certificate ...

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To My Father


My father Boris Miksic is running for President of Croatia. I could not be prouder and inspired by his commitment to peace, health care, equality,a flourishing global economy and change. I am born and raised in United States but I speak fluent Croatian, my father installed the love for Croatia at an early age. Boris Miksic is the right man for the economy and stability for Croa ...

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BORIS MIKSIC: "I am The Right Man for the Job of Croatia's President"



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Croatian Obama In Love In Countryside

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North Oaks immigrant takes aim at Croatian presidency

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The Right and Honest Man for a Better Croatia - Boris Miksic, Presidential Candidate

Take part in the upcoming elections - When you vote for Boris Miksic you are voting for:

  • a stronger Croatian economy, an entrepreneurial environment and leadership
  • a determined fight against corruption and organized crime
  • the assurance of legal rights and safety as a foundation of democratic society
  • a social and just Croatia
  • the preservation of Croatia's natural and national strategic assets
  • the restoration of dignity to Croatia's retired and elderly, Croatian defenders, and all citizens of Croatia
  • joining the EU under Croatia's terms
  • a new leader with new ideas and a clear vision
  • unselfish support to Croatians in BiH and Croatian diaspora

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NACE

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PRESS RELEASE

Today when we have joined North-Atlantic Organization, many in Croatia are taking credit for this success saying how this is a result of their hard work. In my book “American dream – a guy from Croatia” it is clearly stated how the Croatian journey to join NATO has started and who promoted and initiated the idea of Croatia joining the Alliance.

Knowing how important it was for Croatia to join the “Partnership for peace” program, already in 1996 I actively worked on starting cooperation between Minnesota National Guard and Croatian Army which I successfully concluded. The same year I have organized visit of generals Andreotti, LeBlanc and other officers of Minnesota National Guard to Croatian Army. This visit promoted further cooperation and training programs of Croatian officers in Minnesota. Among others, it was my pleasure to host general Gotovina during his visit to Minnesota.

Our main goal is not Croatia’s dominant military position in the region, but creation of balance with Serbia and Russia, and US can help us at that, being the major military force in the world. Cooperation with Minnesota National Guard has its tactical nature including engineering projects, bridge building, communications, logistic, military medicine etc. This cooperation is considered as a first step towards strategic cooperation, meaning Croatia joining the NATO.  Cooperation between Minnesota National Guard and Croatian Army was very successful, it is still ongoing and became a model for other countries candidates for NATO. Many friendships, even Croatian-American marriages were created during this time, which only contributes more to the better bonding and success of the future joint projects.

General Andreotti and Minnesota National Guard officers in their first visit to Croatia, 1996.

I have been working on behalf of my homeland for a decade as Honorary Consul General in Minnesota, a position bestowed upon me on July 4th, 1995 by president Tudjman for my humanitarian and otherwise assistance to Croatia. In September 1995. the first Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Croatia in the United States was established in Minnesota. The office was located at Cortec’s headquarters in White Bear Lake. Consulate worked to promote all aspects of Croatia, from travel and cultural activities to trade and investment opportunities.

 

Boris Mikšić
Zastupnik Gradske Skupštine
Grad Zagreb

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Sporazum s Hrvatskom!

Contract with Croatia

 
American Dream: A Guy From Croatia

 

American Dream: A Guy From Croatia

"With $37 in our pockets and much apprehension in our hearts, we flew toward our future. We had no time to think what lay ahead because the future conies to soon anyhow."

American Dream: A Guy From Croatia is the exciting saga of a man who fled his home country with nothing but change in his pockets and built a successful company with determination and guts in America. It's a story of business savvy and risk taking that will arouse the entrepreneurial spirit in every reader.

"When he arrived in the United States, Boris Miksic brought along energy, intelligence and determination. But also a dream. He was the Croatian gift to America. Today, as a successful entrepreneur, he is the American gift to Croatia."

— Governor Rudy Perpich


http://www.americandreamguyfromcroatia.com/


Movie: When the Dead Vote

 


When the Dead Vote, Filmmind & Capistrano in cooperation with PBS


Movie: How to Kill Miksic

 


How to kill Miksic, spaghetti western movie by Z Television


Around the World by Private Jet

 


Our around the World Expedition by the National Geographic Society


Galapagos Islands

 


Our Galapagos Expedition by National Geography Society

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