Dejan Trpkovic, Verbalists

Dejan Trpkovic

Dejan Trpkovic

During his career, Dejan held various world-wide executive management positions, setting up and expanding businesses in the emerging markets, improving financial performance and streamlining management and marketing processes and structures.

Most recently, he co-founded the fast growing social language network – Verbalists, after he had formed a business group within PRODIREKT LLC responsible for the further expansion of language education and teacher training in Europe.

In 2004, Dejan designed the Strategic Management program for executive education in the Balkan region, which has received an endorsement by the American Chamber of Commerce and IBM Business Solutions.

In 2001, he formed PRODIREKT LLC, based in the US, to provide management recruiting and education services, mostly in Europe. In the same year, the office in Belgrade was opened to manage the company’s Southeast European operations. As its founder, Dejan is responsible for the vision and strategy of the PRODIREKT group.

In 2000, prior to founding PRODIREKT, Dejan Trpkovic established Prodide, a marketing and PR agency based in Belgrade, as a leading integrated marketing communications company in the region. Prodide has been behind a number of referenced and complex regional projects, such as, the creation of visual identity and media strategy for the Serbian Government’s European Integration Office.

In 1998/99, as Vice President, Western Europe of World-Link UK, a global integrated telecom solutions provider based in New York, Dejan established the Central Office facilities in London, and supervised the operations of EUROLINK, a Greek subsidiary and a licensed telecom carrier.

During 1997-1998, Dejan consulted on various business strategy projects, such as “Modernizing consumer banking in Bosnia and Herzegovina through the implementation of an EFT network, credit card issuance, and related telecommunications system.”

From 1993-96, as Regional Director of Hasbro (a Fortune 500 company), he managed the head office in Vienna, two subsidiaries in Poland and Hungary, and 17 regional distributors. In 1995, he formed HASBRO’s regional head office in Vienna, Austria. In 1994, Dejan directed the purchase of a local Polish distributor and every aspect of this new venture.

He began his career in 1989 as Regional Manager with Technical Language Systems in Denver, Colorado, where he developed Serbo-Croatian/English instruction series, language tests and supporting curriculum as well as managed executive training programs.

Dejan holds a Master’s of Business Administration degree from University of Colorado.


Steven Damron

Steven Damron

Steven Damron

Steven’s unique blend of management, media and start-up experience will be a valuable asset as PRODIREKT develops its business in Europe and further expands Verbalists Communication Network.

Steven Damron is CEO of Zone Reactor, a company formed by Zone Ventures and Draper Fisher Jurvetson to accelerate the formation of high tech companies. Zone Reactor works with existing high tech companies to discover and develop technology locked in the R&D labs of those companies.

Before joining Zone Reactor, Steven spent 4 years at idealab!, the Pasadena-based Internet incubator. He served as CEO of EntertainNet and KidsOnLine.com, two idealab! start-ups. He also consulted with many idealab! start-ups on business planning and strategy while directly employed by idealab!.

Steven was an early employee at Sun Microsystems. In his 11 years at Sun, he held sales, marketing and service management positions, usually developing new business lines from the ground up.

Prior to Sun, Steven was a Software Engineer for ADAC Labs, a manufacturer of medical imaging devices, and a Research Physicist at SRI International, a multi-disciplinary consulting organization.

Steven holds a B.A. in Physics and English from Dartmouth College and a Master’s of Business Administration degree from U.C. Berkeley.


Chris Galea

Chris Galea

Chris Galea

PRODIREKT will greatly benefit from Chris’ broad based advertising agency background embracing start-up, small, medium and large agencies and his extensive international experience at Senior Management level covering Europe, Emerging Markets, Middle East, Asia Pacific, and Sub Continent.

At his present position as a Global Group Director for TBWA Worldwide, Chris is responsible for the management of local agency and network resources on key global clients including caliber, structure, best practice, profitability, business/brand development and provision of supplementary strategic support across a variety of international markets from Mexico to Russia, Spain to Japan, Peru to Malaysia.

Prior to TBWA, Chris was Regional Client Service Director for Grey Asia Pacific responsible for managing the Glaxo SmithKline business and Danone International brands in over 22 markets across the Asia region.

Previously he was Managing Director/Partner for Focus on Kids Ltd., where he managed Tomy, WH Smith, MGM, CWL and Hasbro brands and Regional General Manager, Europe & Emerging Markets for DDB Needham/Griffin Bacal, where he developed a record of accomplishment in establishing and maintaining long-term complex client relationships based on focused, consistent client service and disciplined account management.


Nebojsa Radic

Nebojsa Radic

Nebojsa Radic

Nebojsa Radic is Director of the Cambridge University Language Programme. He is responsible for all the Foreign Language taught courses run by the Language Centre and is member of the team that designs the relevant multimedia and online materials.

Before moving to the UK in 2001 he was Senior Tutor in Italian and Coordinator of the Flexible Learning Project of the School of European Languages at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. In New Zealand Nebojsa taught Italian and designed, produced and delivered the multimedia materials for Italian, French and Spanish language courses offered at a distance.

His research interest focuses on the methodology of computer mediated language teaching and more specifically, in distributed-learning environments. Nebojsa completed his previous studies at the Universities of Belgrade (Yugoslavia), Perugia (Italy), Auckland (New Zealand) and British Columbia (Canada).

He is member of the UCML (University Conference of Modern Languages) Executive Committee representing the constituency of Institution Wide Language Programmes.

Nebojsa is currently External Examiner at the Language Centres of the Universities of Warwick and Anglia Ruskin and in Italian at the University of East Anglia. He is also member of the Supervisory Board of the Pexim Foundation that in conjunction with the University of Cambridge Trust offers scholarship to students from Serbia and Montenegro.

Nebojsa’s personal interests range from basketball (Senior Treasurer and Head Coach of the University of Cambridge team) to writing fiction. His novel O golmanima i bubnjarima has been published recently in Serbian by Prometej (Novi Sad).


Dejan Simic

Dejan Simic

Dejan Simic

Dejan Simic is a well-known tennis coach and sports expert, responsible for the management of Verbalists’ sports camps for young learners. His invaluable experience in working with children and the youth greatly contributes to the smooth running of all Verbalists education programs. In addition, Dejan is the current managing director for sports in the Yarze Country Club in Beirut, Lebanon.

Dejan’s dedication and love for sports have been the motivational factors throughout his career closely linked with tennis. He has been particularly devoted to youth sports development. Last year alone, over 200 participants took part in Dejan’s tennis camps and seminars, amounting to more than 2,000 satisfied learners in his career thus far. During his time as secretary-general of the Tennis Federation of Yugoslavia, he was the selector for the junior tennis team, shaping the career of some of the best known players in today’s world of tennis, such as, Novak Djokovic, Jelena Jankovic, Ana Ivanovic, Nenad Zimonjic, Janko Tipsarevic, and many more. He mentored more than a 100 tennis coaches, helping them achieve their ambition in becoming regionally as well as internationally recognised professionals.

His experience off-field is as enviable as on-field; Dejan worked as Head of Tennis Department at the Sports Academy and College of Coaching in Belgrade, where he still works as associate professor. From 1999 to 2002, he was a board member of the European Team Championship & Regional Games. In 2012, he was a guest in the “Tennis Authority USA” show.

Dejan has several publications in the field of tennis, notably “From tennis school to professional tennis player” and “Tennis Prism”, and his latest book, “Tennis Rainmaker, or How to Achieve Success in Tennis”. He is currently working on his new book, “Tennis Mastermind”.

He completed his studies and obtained a Masters Degree in Sports Business & Management at Alfa University in Belgrade. His biggest supporters and source of happiness are his children, daughter Nevena and son Aleksa.

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