This time the meeting took place in Ljubljana’s Grand Hotel Union under the motto Respectful. Hardy. Be brave.
The President of the Republic appeared as the keynote speaker at the event Nataša Pirc Musar, who congratulated all of today’s Manager Association award recipients. He expects entrepreneurs to lead our economy in increasing added value in a sustainable way, not at the expense of the environment.
She pointed out that Slovenian society is very reluctant to give honest recognition for successes in the field of economy. “No one blames athletes for the financial success that follows top results. Unfortunately, it is different for businessmen. I hope that this mentality will change over time,” she said.
The president wants a stable environment
At the same time, she wished that the economy could function in a stable environment. While we in Slovenia have limited influence on the international environment, we do have influence on the regulatory environment in which our economy operates, she reminded. According to her, a stable economic environment would attract both domestic and foreign investors.
“Therefore, it might not be superfluous to consider that, for example, in the case of major investments, the state would ensure unchanged operating conditions for a certain period. Of course, with a social agreement in which our society will recognize that an increase in prosperity follows an increase in added value,” she said.
According to the President of the Manager Association Andrej Božič each awardee is a reflection of a certain management excellence.
A. Božič: Awards show who works the right way
“The awards are a recognition of success, with them as a housing organization we communicate what is good and what we encourage and value in our entrepreneurs. Above all, the awards are given to those who are living proof and a message of how to achieve successful results in the right way ,” he told the crowd.
The former owner and director of Pipistrel received the 2022 lifetime achievement award in the field of management Ivo Boscarol.
The company Pipistrel is under Boscarol’s management has become one of the leading manufacturers of ultralight aircraft in the world. With this, he placed not only the company itself on the global map, but also Slovenia, the association wrote in its justification.
Boscarol sold Pipistrel to the American company Textron last April. Boscarol and his daughter Taja Boscarol allocated part of the purchase price of 25 million euros to the Municipality of Ajdovščina for the construction of a new Ajdovščina health center, a helicopter rescue center and for horticultural greening of the town and its surroundings.
The winner is honored and surprised
“I am really honored, but also a little surprised, that the Association of Managers chose me for this recognition. I have never been a member of the association, and I based my management on perhaps slightly different criteria than the standard in this cruel business world of ours,” he commented after receiving the recognition Boscarol.
As he said, with his activities over the past 33 years, he has proven that it is possible to be successful in the long term even by respecting basic human values and even if profit is not put first.
They also awarded the Artemis Award
The artemis award, which the association awards to female managers who have broken through the glass ceiling and assumed the highest management position in the organization for the first time, this time goes to the general director of the Romanian company Euroins Asigurare Tanja Blatnik and the managing director of Fraport Slovenia Babett Stapel.
The recognition was awarded to the recipients by the Minister of Economy, Tourism and Sports Matjaž Han. As he pointed out in his address, despite the efforts made towards gender equality, women are still often unfairly overlooked. “That’s why awards like Artemis are extremely important, as they represent one of those soft measures with which we celebrate the success of female managers,” he emphasized.
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