Mentor Welcomes Croatian Ambassador

Representatives from the City of Mentor met with the Pjer Šimunović, Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia to the United States late last week at the Mentor Municipal Center to discuss investment and trade opportunities.

“We were honored to welcome Ambassador Simunovic to Mentor – his presence here is further validation of the effectiveness and reach of our business impact abroad and of our International Trade Initiative,” said Kevin Malecek, Director of Economic Development and International Trade for the City of Mentor.

The City of Mentor is home to over 1,700 companies including 320 manufacturers with a strong concentration of research and development, engineering, and metalworking firms serving the advanced manufacturing, aerospace, polymer, and biomedical industry clusters.

Topics of discussion included industrial clusters mutually beneficial to the City of Mentor and the Republic of Croatia, and the development of a possible sister city arrangement between Mentor and a Croatian city.

Ambassador Šimunović was accompanied by Mirna Vlašić Feketija, Minister Counselor, and Nikica Kopačević, Counselor, also members of Croatia’s diplomatic mission to the U.S.

The Embassy of the Republic of Croatia in Washington. D.C. is the primary Croatian diplomatic mission to the United States. It operates 11 Consulates across the U.S. The Croatian Embassy represents the interests of Croatia and Croatian citizens in the and conducts the majority of diplomatic work on such interests within the U.S.

The mission of the Mentor International Trade Initiative is to assist Mentor-based companies who seek to expand or develop new export markets as well as foster trade relationships with international partners. Learn more at

PHOTO: Left – Pjer Šimunović, Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia to the United States, Right – Kenneth J. Filipiak, Mentor City Manager.
2019-04-04T17:13:43+00:00April 4th, 2019|Economic Development, Press Releases|