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SUBJECT: Ambassadorial Nomination: Certificate of Demonstrated Competence — Foreign Service Act, Section 304(a)(4)

POST: Republic of Croatia

CANDIDATE: W. Robert Kohorst

W. Robert Kohorst, President and founder of Everest Properties in Pasadena, California since 1991, is a prominent American businessman with an expertise in law, real estate and finance. His company is a large commercial enterprise that purchases and operates apartment, self-storage and retail properties throughout the United States. In addition to his expertise in real estate, Mr. Kohorst is known for his business acumen, management skills and broad experience in finance. He has been recognized for his contributions to public service organizations and education as Director and past Chairman of the Young Presidents’ Organization (San Gabriel Valley Chapter), Regent of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California, Trustee of La Salle High School in Pasadena, California and Director and past President of the San Gabriel Valley Council, Boy Scouts of America. Mr. Kohorst’s engaged leadership, unique command of business and valuable contributions to economic development make him well qualified to serve as Ambassador to Croatia.

Previously, Mr. Kohorst was President, RK Holdings, Inc., Los Angeles, California (1990-1991), President, Private Placement Group for Public Storage, Inc., Glendale, California (1984-1990), Attorney and Partner, Albert & Ellis, Los Angeles, California (1982-1984), Attorney, Hufstedler, Miller, Carlson & Beardsley, Los Angeles, California (1979-1982) and Law Clerk, Judge Albert Engel, U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit, Grand Rapids, Michigan (1978-1979). He has served on numerous private and public boards.

Mr. Kohorst earned a B.S. from the University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio in 1975 and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1978. He has received numerous awards for his distinguished academic achievements and his public service efforts in California.

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