David G. Blazek, FIC
A little info on my background; I was born in 1950, the first son of Dusan and Jean Blazek, and grew up in the South Hills of Pittsburgh. I am married to the former Frances Riepole, and between us we have five children and eight grandchildren. After graduation from Baldwin High School, I attended the University of Pittsburgh where my major was education. I then served four years in the U.S. Navy as a Chinese Linguist and upon discharge, I joined my father and brother in the printing business where I worked for 20 years before coming to the National Slovak Society full time in 1993. Serving as CEO of Slavia Printing Company gave me the personnel and business experience that is necessary to manage the operations of the NSS on a day to day basis, with a vision to the future. Prior to being elected as President in 1994, I had served the NSS as a Board of Director from 1986 to 1990, and as Vice President from 1990-1993 at which time I took over as President.
I have served my church as both Trustee and Deacon, and have been involved in youth baseball, soccer, basketball and football, both as a coach, and on various boards. I have been involved fraternally on the local level serving the Fraternal Societies of Greater Pittsburgh on various committees and officer positions culminating with the Presidency in 2003. I was honored by the FSGP in 2007 by being named Fraternalist of the Year. I have served both the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Fraternal Congresses, working my way through the chairs and serving as President of both organizations. I was honored by the Pennsylvania Congress to be chosen as the recipient of the John Jordan Upchurch Award in 2002. In addition, I have also served as President of the President’s Section, and President of the State Fraternal Congress Section of the American Fraternal Alliance, as well as President of the Western PA Slovak Cultural Society.
I have enriched my business knowledge over the years by attending seminars, and webinars, and earned the FIC (Fraternal Insurance Counselor) through course study.
Leadership is a verb defined by what you do, not who you are. Leaders are those whom others follow. I believe that my leadership over the past 20 years, which has resulted in the strong and viable society we are part of today, is proof that I have lived up to my promises I made 20 years ago when I was first elected. I stand on my record of the past 20 years, and if it be the will of the convention, I am ready to lead the Society for the next four years, and ask for your support in this endeavor. Thank you for your consideration.
David G. Blazek, FIC