Kvarner newsletter / no 35

Awards
Vlado Miš wins the title of Croatia's Manager of the Year

Vlado Miš, long-time director of Imperial Rab, the island of Rab's most famous hotel and tourism company, was named the Manager of the Year in the public companies category in mid-November. He is the only tourism manager to receive this award in Croatia this year.

In mid-November, the CROMA Croatian Managers and Entrepreneurs Association awarded the best Croatian managers and entrepreneurs for the year 2009 within the 19th Meeting of the CROMA. Awards were given to 14 managers in 9 equal categories – in the field of tourism, the only laureate is Vlado Miš, long-time managing director of the Imperial Rab Hotel and Tourism Company.
Mr. Vlado Miš won this title as the manager of the year in the category of public companies.
When deciding about awards, the jury particularly evaluated the laureates' personal contributions to the preservation of the existing and the creation of new positions within their companies, and their business orientation aimed at sustainable development and long-term positioning on regional and global market.
Apart from being recognition for personal achievements, this title is also award for the Imperial Rab Company, whose survival on the demanding market was doubted by many ten years ago. However, since Mr. Vlado Miš became the managing director of Imperial Rab, the company has been achieving good operating results. Good management and quality investments have resulted in an increase of the company's operational income by 100 percent over the last ten years. So far, the company invested ca. 35 million euros in the projects aimed at developing and modernising its services and facilities, and further ca. 20 million euros should be invested in the next period.
In the course of only ten years, Imperial Rab became the leading company on the island of Rab. Every fifth inhabitant of the island makes their living directly or indirectly from this company.
The awarded managing director Mr. Vlado Miš, who has been working in the Imperial Rab Company for the last 29 years, started his successful career in tourism as a receptionist. After that, he worked for many years as sales director assistant, before becoming the company's managing director ten years ago.
Imperial Rab Company's portfolio includes four hotels – Padova, Carolina, Eva and Imperial, the San Marino holiday village, two campsites – Padova and San Marino, apartments and bungalows Suha Punta, and the Villa Carolina.