Ljubljana, 05 March (STA) - The Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GZS) conferred on Tuesday its 2012 awards for outstanding business achievements to eight managers, whose $responsibility, success and reputation$ make Slovenia's economy strong, GZS head Samo Hribar Milič said.
The recipients of the award, handed out since 1996, include Andrej Gradišnik of Metal Ravne, which is part of the third biggest European maker of specialized steel SIJ, and Marjana Lavrič Šulman of advertising agency Futura DDB, whose employees have been securing double the industry's average added value and profit.
Also awarded were Emil Marinšek of water beds maker Maremico, which has developed a personalised beds programme, Petra Malenšek of family-run and export-oriented pen maker Vivapen, and Janez Novak of RLS, a half British-owned maker of rotary and linear motion sensors.
The remaining recipients are Andrej Repše of Armat Projekt, which deals with high-quality design and construction of prefabricated buildings, the chairman of Slovenia's second-largest mobile operator Simobil Dejan Turk, and Vojmir Urlep, the chairman of drug maker Lek, the leading development centre for the Sandoz group.
Hribar Milič praised the recipients for the press before the award ceremony, saying they are contributing significantly to the sustainability of the Slovenian economy, which exports more than EUR 26bn worth of goods and services or six times as much per capita as Greece.
"Thus we are far from heaving to tremble with fear that we will naturally have to follow the path of this country," he said, adding that Slovenia has companies that employ and have clear development goals.
Possibly referring to certain past recipients of prestigious manager awards who ended up being convicted for their actions, Milič called for understanding if some of the recipients fail in the future.
"For all those recipients who have done useless or even illegal things we wish a legal environment that will not only reward the positive experiences and traits of Slovenian entrepreneurs but also punish negative ones," the GZS's boss said.