The Strategic Council is a key advisory body of the Centre for Family Business composed of representatives of major family businesses.
The mission of the Strategic Council is:
- to support and influence the Centre for Family Business in fulfilling its mission,
- deepen mutual understanding between the academic world and the world of family businesses,
- raise the profile of family businesses through close cooperation with the University of Economics in Prague,
- cooperate with the government and the Parliament of the Czech Republic on the conditions and possibilities of supporting family business.
The members of the Strategic Council on behalf of the University of Economics in Prague is rector Hana Machková and the vice-rector and founder of the Centre, Professor Jiří Hnilica.
Count Constantin Kinský took over the administration of the heritage of his aristocratic family in the Czech Republic. He was responsible for opening the Žďár Chateau and Monastery to the public and opened the interactive Museum of the New Generation. He decided to repair and open the entire area of the Žďár chateau to the public and he succeeded. Among other things, he was responsible for building an interactive Museum of the new generation, which is very popular among visitors to the castle. Today he manages the operation of the chateau and museum together with his sons Jan Václav and Adrien. Constantin Kinsky was born in Paris and grew up in France. “I am a typical European, the son of refugees. My father was born in Czechoslovakia, my mother comes from Georgia, “he says of his roots. He himself reports mainly to the Czech ones.
Czechoslovak Group (CSG) is a holding company continuing the tradition of Czechoslovak industry, which was taken over from father Jaroslav Strnad by his son Michal. Michal’s younger brother Jaroslav is also involved in the holding’s business. CSG supports the development of traditional Czech and Slovak companies engaged in defense and civil industrial production and trade. CSG’s main fields are engineering, automotive, railway, aerospace and defense. The production portfolio is diverse: from watches to train brakes to trucks. No less important area are radar and navigation systems for the civil and defense industries.
Jan Klokočka’s passion for cars led him to founding the Klokočka Motor Show more than 30 years ago. Today, the goal of the family business is to provide quality services in many areas, from the sale of cars to financial services, including the rental of on-site office space. The family business has been on the market for over 30 years and employs more than 240 people. Today, the family company is run by the founder Jan Klokočka together with his sons Jan and Mark.
The Beznoska company is a wholly Czech family business for the third generation, which is currently run by brothers Petr and Pavel Milatovi. Beznoska manufactures implants, instruments and surgical aids intended for the needs of orthopedics and traumatology. This focus of production requires a wide range of technical and medical expertise, so they work closely with leading experts from the ranks of doctors and metallurgists. The company has patented a number of its products, which are used not only in the Czech Republic, but also in Slovakia, Russia, Ukraine, Lebanon, Bulgaria, Belgium, Portugal, Estonia and other European Union countries.
The Czech family business LIKO-S has been constructing green buildings for almost 30 years and is one of the best in the world. The company was founded by Libor Musil in 1992 and recently handed over management to his son Jan and daughter Hana. This family-owned company based in Slavkov near Brno develops, manufactures and assembles partition walls, partitions, sliding walls and entire buildings, from warehouses to office buildings. The company has branches in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and India and exports to 20 countries around the world. LIKO-S was awarded the title Family Company of the Year 2014.
NWT has been one of the most important technological and innovative companies in the Czech Republic for more than a quarter of a century. The company was founded by Martina and David Vítkovi, and currently daughters Klára and Valerie are also involved in running the company.The main vision is to bring people the latest world technologies, timeless products and smart solutions of the highest quality. In recent years, NWT has invested primarily in innovative projects and start-ups focused on sustainable development and global environmental policy. NWT is involved in a number of projects in the fields of construction, energy saving and IT.
USSPA is a family business and exclusively Czech. USSPA has been on the market since 1995. The company was founded by Kateřina Kadlecová together with her father, and today she runs it with her husband Jan Kadlec.The company is the first Czech manufacturer of acrylic whirlpools and countercurrent pools. It has a significant place in the European market. USSPA is one of the top suppliers on the market, especially in the field of massage pools, thanks to the high quality of production, innovative design and professionalism. It is also successfully developing its export activities alongside its own development and design workshop.
Strateggo is a content marketing agency that specializes in managing the reputation of private and public sector companies. Strateggo creates communication strategies for corporate and retail brands, universities and the public sector. The company’s motto is: “content makes a difference”. The long-term cooperation between Strateggo and the Centre was created thanks to a university student and a graduate of the Family Business Strategy course, who worked at Strateggo.
The members of the strategic board for Collegas are Tomáš Kalous and Marek Butula. Collegas brings together financial experts and has been guaranteeing its clients tailor-made solutions for 16 years.
Bořivoj Líbal is a member of the Strategic Board for Noerr. He joined the international law firm PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal at the age of 33 and became the youngest partner in an international law firm in the Czech Republic. He is now a co-managing partner of the law firm Noerr, s.r.o., which has a focus on family business. Bořivoj Líbal is also the chairman of the Czech-Portuguese Chamber of Commerce.