Board of Directors
Robert N. Pyle
Vladimir A. Ossenov
English Language Gymnasium, Sofia, Bulgaria, 1970
Skills and Expertise
DiplomacyMultilateral and bilateral; political and security issues; international organizations; regional cooperation; government and philanthropic development
Areas of ExpertiseEastern and Central Europe (Bulgaria, Russia, Romania, Czech Republic, Macedonia, Serbia), Baltic countries (Latvia), Middle East (Afghanistan, Iraq), Central Asia (Turkmenistan, Tajikistan), North and South America
• Netcare Bulgaria 2003–2005Co–founder and Member of the BoardExpansion of Netcare, a global, integrated healthcare organization
• General Dynamics 2001–2011Southeast Europe Representative and Sales Agent
• Washington Times 2000–2002Regional Producer and Marketing Representative
• International Eye Foundation 2000–2006Member of the BoardNon–profit organization dedicated to global eye care
• AIV Corporation 1998–presentPresidentConsulting and international trade activities
• Ultimate Extreme Sports, Inc. 1998–2001Founder, Chairman of the BoardExclusive distributor of O’Neill, Inc. for Bulgaria
• Aspolly Carrass International, Inc. 1998–presentChairman of the BoardExpert assistance and professional consulting services to the public sector and business and strategic development in the private sectorTrade operations and construction activities
• Velgraf USA, Inc. 1996–presentFounder, President and Member of the BoardConsortium of 26 engineering and construction companies
• Bulgarian American Business Center 1992–presentFounder, President and Member of the BoardIndependent, non–profit organization offering comprehensive international services to the United States, Bulgaria, and other nations
• Trans Medical Corporation 1996–2002President and Member of the Board
• US Meds — Bulgaria 1992–2000Member of the Board
• Frontier Agricultural & Environmental Resources, Inc. 1994–1997Member of the Board
• Embassy of Bulgaria, Washington, D.C., USA 1989–1992First Secretary for Science and Technology
• Ministry of Economics and Planning 1988–1989International Department, Sofia, BulgariaHead of the Section for Bilateral and Multilateral International Cooperation
• State Commission for Research and Technology 1986–1988International Department, Sofia BulgariaSenior Program Manager
• State Commission for Technological Progress 1985–1986International Department, Sofia BulgariaProgram Manager
• Center for Scientific and Technical Creativity 1979–1982Sofia, BulgariaDirector
• Bulgarian Academy of Science, Sofia, Bulgaria 1977–1979Research Fellow
Articles:Numerous articles for Bulgarian and Russian newspapers and magazines on economic and technological cooperation and development
1992-1995, Sofia, EuroDollar Car Rental Managing DirectorFranchisee of EuroDollar International /UK/ for Bulgaria
1996-1998, Sofia, National Car Rental - Managing DirectorFranchisee of National Car Rental /USA
2002- up to now, Sofia, Business ConsultantBusiness consulting provided to various local and foreign companies
2004- up to now, Executive Director of NetCare Bulgaria and InfoMed-Bulgaria Ltd.
Stoyan Georgiev Dentchev
Dr. Stoyan Dentchev,Consulting Agency "Dr. DENTCHEV"111 Rakovski Str.,1000 Sofia, Bulgaria, EuropeTel.: +3592 983-3545Fax: +3592 983-3545Mobile: +359889 909-023E-Mail: email@example.com
Summary of Professional Skills and/or Expertise
Computer skills (both hardware & software): • Basic software & hardware knowledge • Windows 98, XP, Microsoft Office 97, Netscape, Certain Programming Languages
Summary of Relevant Work Experience
Publications, Awards and Nominations
- Chief Coordinator of The Bulgarian Business Club "Vuzrajdane" — 01.2002 – 11.2002
- Chairman of The Social Board-International Foundation For the Unity of Orthodox Nations, Moscow; Bulgarian Branch — 1998 - present
- Member - Board of Trusties to the "St. Aleksander Nevski" Cathedral, Sofia — 2001 - present
- Member – Bulgarian Union of Scientists
Education and Qualifications
1993 Certified Broker in Futures & Options Trading,Chicago Mercantile Exchange
1970-75 Naval Academy, Varna; graduated Engineer – Navigator
1966-70 Technical College, Sofia
1996 - Manager, Eurotrade Ltd.present Bulgarian-Greek company based in Thessaloniki, Greece 1994 – Owner and CEO, Aspolly Carrass International - Agency present for Business and Consulting Activities Ltd.Independent private consulting company rendering services on mediation, foreign representation, trade, financial controlling, construction
Social Engagements and Activities
- Chairman of the Bulgarian-Korean Committee for Economic Cooperation
- Member of the American Chamber of Commerce
- Member of Rotary Club-Sofia-Vitosha- District 2240
- Executive Secretary of the Association of Space Explorers, 1988-1989
- One of the founders and shareholder at the Bulgarian Stock Exchange
- One of the founders and shareholder at the Sofia Commodity Exchange
- Sponsor and organizer of various events of Bulgarian arts a abroad
- Author and publisher of books and manuals of finance
- Has published over 20 articles on economic problems in specialized newspapers and magazines
Best New TraderChicago Mercantile Exchange/DePaul University, 1993
Bulgarian Olympic Committee Jubilee Medal for special merits to the Olympic movement in Bulgaria, 2001 Military medals, Order for Bravery in Peaceful Times
Summary of Experience
- International, institutional, research and educational management specialist with over 25 years of experience in evaluation, design, and implementation of institutional and management systems. Has in-depth knowledge and extensive experience with various agencies, policies and regulations. Has provided technical assistance, project management and institutional agreements with countries in the NIS, Pacific Rim and Latin America.
- 1998-Present Director, International Programs in Agriculture and Natural Resources, College of Agriculture, University of Maryland at College Park
- 1986-Present Professor of Agronomy, Department of Natural Resource Sciences and Landscape Architecture, University of Maryland at College Park
- 1991-1993 President, Maryland Institute for Agriculture and Natural Resources (UMS)
- 1989-1991 Vice Chancellor for Agriculture and Natural Resources (UMS)
- 1986-1989 Vice President for Agricultural Affairs, University of Maryland and Dean, Colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Maryland at College Park
- 1980-1986 Dean, College of Agriculture, University of Idaho
- 1979 Acting Dean, College of Agriculture/Director, Idaho Agricultural Experiment Station
- 1973-1979 Director, Idaho Agricultural Experiment Station
- 1973-1986 Professor of Soil Sciences, University of Idaho
In addition, Dr. Miller has developed cooperative plans, and was responsible for an irrigation project in Pakistan and a post-harvest program in the Philippines. He has also served and chaired technical and management reviews of AID-funded CRSP projects (Bean and Cowpea; Peanuts; Livestock; Sorghum/Millet; IPM; Aquaculture; and Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resources). Currently, he is a past or present member of the Board of Directors of the Bulgarian American Business Center and the Maryland/Israel Development Center. He served on the Agriculture Research, Extension and Education Subcommittee of the Gore/Putin Commission. He has negotiated memoranda of understanding with Institutes in Russia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, China, Central America, and Eastern Europe. He has worked and traveled extensively in various countries including: Russia, Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria, Israel, China, Philippines, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Republic of Georgia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Egypt, Eastern Europe, China and other Pacific Rim countries.
After graduating with his doctorate in 1962, Dr. Miller joined the faculty of North Carolina State University, as Assistant Professor of Soil Sciences. From 1965 to 1973, he served as Associate Professor, and then Professor, of Agronomy at the University of Illinois. In addition to his professorial duties, he served as Assistant, and then Associate Director of the Agricultural Experiment Station, University of Illinois. In 1973, Dr. Miller was appointed Director of the Idaho Agricultural Experiment Station, University of Idaho. He held this position until 1979, at which time he assumed the additional position of Acting Dean of the College of Agriculture. In 1980, he was appointed Dean of the College of Agriculture, University of Idaho, which included authority over the Idaho Agricultural Experiment Station, and Idaho Cooperative Extension Service.
In 1986, Dr. Miller was appointed to the combined position of Vice President for Agricultural Affairs, University of Maryland/Dean of the College of Agriculture and College of Life Sciences, and Professor of Agronomy, University of Maryland College Park. In 1989, he became Vice Chancellor for Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Maryland System. With the establishment of the Maryland Institute for Agriculture and Natural Resources (MIANR) in 1991, Dr. Miller became its President. In 1993, with the restructuring of UMS agriculture programs, Dr. Miller continued his professorship in Agronomy while leading and developing programs in Russia, the NIS and Eastern Europe. In 1998, Dr. Miller was named Director of International Programs in Agriculture and Natural Resources, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Maryland. Dr. Miller has been recognized by being named a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy, Soil Science Society of America and the American Society for the Advancement of Science. He was a participant in the Harvard University Institute for Educational Management, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Sussex, Great Britain. Recently he was presented an Honorary degree from the Moscow State Agro-engineering University.
Dr. Miller has extensive knowledge of the Former Soviet Union (FSU) system of education and government agencies. He has worked in the Soviet Union and FSU countries for over 25 years.
- over 60 publications in scientific and technical magazines in Bulgaria and abroad on the problems of scientific and technical information
- UN project, National Automated Information Centre, Sofia
- International System for Scientific and Technical Information Project, Moscow
Social and Professional Engagements
- Vice- president of the “Agriculture” Foundation
- Member of the Bulgarian Commission of UNIDO
- Member of the Board of Directors of the Bulgarian-American Business Centre seated in Washington, USA
- Chairman of the Board of Directors of VELGRAF USA, Inc.
- Chairman of the Board of Directors of INFORMINVEST PLC
- Member of the Board of Directors of AB- AGRO
- Chairman of the Board of Directors of Consultative Center for the Integration in the European Union
- Member of the Board of Directors of Bulgarian Energy Company JSCo.
- President of Consortium “Velgraf-Group”
- President of Consortium “Energy”
Alexandar Dimitrov Popov
1974 St. Kliment Ohridski University, SofiaDepartment of LawSubject of studies: Law
2001 Professor at M.V.Lomonossov MoscowState University, Moscow, Russia
1975 – 1980 Prosecutor
1980 – 1985 Ministry of Justice: Expert on the elaboration of normative acts; Head of a team elaborating the laws for the development and government of the Republic of Bulgaria 1986 – 1990 Senior legal adviser: Head of the Legal Department of a group of projects in Iraq. The Department supported and secured the activities of the companies working on the construction of irrigation and water supply systems in the Republic of Iraq.
Since 1992 Managing partner in the lawyer’s offices “Popov & Markovski” and “Popov & Partners”.Representation in more than 40 legal cases and proceedings; Defense of firms and enterprises before The Supreme Court of the Republic of Bulgaria; Three legal cases abroad.
2003 - present Honourary Consul of Latvia in Bulgaria
Research Activities and Publications
Consultant on the Tax Legislation and Commercial Law at Council of Ministers of the Republic of Bulgaria, The Ministry of Finance, Bulbank etc.
Lawyer: Arthur Andersen, USA; Price Waterhouse, USA; LEO Bank, Switzerland; Velgraf Inc., USA; T.A.B. Investment, Cyprus; Velgraf Ltd., Bulgaria; Bulbank; Bank DSK etc.
- 1970-1973 Balkan Holidays Ltd. (Tourist company), London
- UK Employed on a seasonal basis (summer time)
- 1973-1974 Isotimpex (Trading company), Sofia, Bulgaria
- 1974-1975 Regular service in the army
- 1975-1976 Back to Isotimpex (Trading company), Sofia, Bulgaria
- 1979-1987 Isotimpex (Trading company), Sofia, Bulgaria Managing Director of different export and import departments and divisions
- 1987-1990 L.Zhivkova International Foundation, Sofia, Bulgaria (Now St.Cyril and St.Methodius Foundation) Treasurer
- 1990- St.Cyril and St.Methodius Foundation, Sofia, Bulgaria Chief Executive Officer
Other Professional Activities
- Member of the Board of Directors
- 1998-2002 World of Music Association, Cultural Forum Foundation, Bulgaria
- Member of the Board
- 1998-2002 Union of Bulgarian Foundations and Associations, Sofia, Bulgaria
- Chairman of the Auditing Council
2001-Rotary Club Sofia Vitosha, Sofia, Bulgaria
2003-Bulgarian Charities Aid Foundation, Sofia, BulgariaPresident
Overall, he has 11 years of experience at the U.S. State Department as a political appointee of both Presidents. His roles included serving as a Director of Congressional and Press relations, White House Liaison, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Near East and South Asia, and Chairman of the 12 agency Libya Task Force. In government he held senior positions during the Libya conflict, Gulf War, Afghan War, Cold War and Mid-East peace process. Prior to State Department, he graduated from Newberry College and began his Washington career 1979 – 81 as Chief of Staff to Congressman Carroll Campbell.
During the past decade, he was worked with more than sixty (60) companies and organizations, including numerous Fortune 500 and top international corporations, on public affairs and / or international business development, including organizing major investments in East Europe. Further, he has experience working in 35 countries during his government and business career.
Ambassador Ussery is a veteran of seven presidential and congressional campaigns. During the 1988 Bush – Qualyle Campaign, he resigned from the State Department to be Deputy to Campaign Manager Lee Atwater and work closely with current President George W. Bush. Following the 1988 campaign he was named Ambassador to Morocco. For the 2000 Bush – Cheney Campaign he was a fund raising Vice Chairman, advisor on international policies, and Arkansas field manager.
Michael Ussery serves on the Board of Directors of D’SAL, Inc. (patented desalination) and is a founder and Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Romania Moldova Direct Fund. He is an advisor to General Dynamics, Murex Investments, Advantiv, State of Georgia Department of Industry, Washington Times, Erkiletian Construction and several other U.S. companies.
Non-profit boards include the United Seaman’s Service (maritime), the Tangier Legation Museum (oldest overseas U.S. property), and the Lee Atwater Foundation (college scholarships to needy students). Ussery also is President of the Coordinating Council for International Universities.
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