Board of Directors

Nick Florescu is the proud founder of The Florescu Foundation. An influential business figure, Nick is both the founder and President of Centrade USA, Inc.. Since its inception in 1991, Nick has been integrally involved in its growth and development.

 

Pledging to maintain Centrade’s nuanced operations, Nick is currently heading the expansion of Centrade’s digital marketing agency in Houston, where he serves as the CEO of Kubis Interactive. His entrepreneurial propensity drove him to establish and expand Romania’s first national billboard network, until it was sold to NewsCorp in 2002.

 

As the Honorary Consul of Romania to Texas for over seven years, Nick has cultivated a solid relationship with Romanian businessmen and officials and has hosted several relevant Romanian delegations, such as Romania’s Minister of Industry and Trade and the Romanian energy delegation.  He speaks both English and French.

Nick also serves as the Honorary Consul of Romania in Texas, a post he has held for over seven years. In this capacity, Nick hosts high-level Romanian delegations, such as Romania’s Minister of Industry and Trade and the Romanian energy delegation. In 2009, Nick founded private charitable organization called The Florescu Foundation, which has been actively involved in helping orphaned and street children in Romania.

Nick lives in Houston, Texas. He graduated from Boston College (1974) where he earned a Bachelors degree in Marketing. He speaks English and French.

Dominique Sachse Florescu is a distinguished Evening News Anchor at KPRC Local 2 in Houston, TX. Her extensive experience in journalism and reporting has awarded her with an informed global perspective and unwavering empathy. A highly respected Houstonian, Dominique has had the privilege of covering notable and prestigious events, such as The Royal Wedding in London in 2010, The 2012 Olympics, the devastating aftermath of tropical storms and hurricanes, President George W Bush’s inauguration, and Pope John Paul II’s canonizing of Juan Diego in Mexico City. Capturing local and regional audiences alike, Dominique’s work has blessed her with 2 Emmy awards, several AWRT awards for on-air personality, as well as several accolades from the Houston Press Club and the Texas Associated Press.

The University of Houston, Dominique’s alma mater, named her an “Outstanding Young Communications Alumna” and “Distinguished Alumni.”  Dominque married Nick Florescu in 2012. Since that time, Dominique has been an active member of the Board of Directors for The Florescu Foundation. Dominque even traveled to Bucharest, Romania to interview Father Gabriel and children in the Saint Macrina programs in January of 2014.

A journalist by training and a foreign policy generalist by inclination and experience, John Florescu has produced more than 150 hours of national and international television for notable networks such as CBS, HBO, PBS, Discovery-Times, Disney, A&E, The History Channel, BBC and The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. For seventeen years, John was the President and Chief Executive Officer of David Paradine Television Inc., the television production company belonging to Sir David Frost. John has served as the Executive Producer for various programs involving six U.S. Presidents, two former British Prime Ministers, and former leaders of the Soviet Union. He launched Chainsaw Europe Studios and Kubis Interactive SRL, which he remains the acting CEO. John is lauded for his academic success, graduating Magna Cum Laude from Boston College. John continued his education at Oxford, studying Politics, Philosophy, and Economics and was the first US editor of the Oxford University newspaper, The Cherwell.

In 1997, he formed the Bates Agency in Romania; in 1999, he created Cable Direct; in 2005, he launched Chainsaw Europe Studios and in 2008, he launched Kubis Interactive SRL, where he is acting CEO; He holds a history degree (Magna Cum Laude) from Boston College (1976) and was the first US editor of the Oxford University newspaper, The Cherwell. At Oxford he studied Politics, Philosophy, and Economics (PPE). John speaks fluent English, French, and working Romanian.

Radu Florescu has overseen Centrade’s operations since its emergence in Romania in 1992.  Establishing Saatchi & Saatchi, the first Romanian advertising agency, Radu acquired a taste for entrepreneurship and later launched Zenith Media.  Among Centrade’s blue chip clients, Radu handles Procter & Gamble, as well as Sony and Toyota. As the founding member of the International Advertising Association, Radu has garnered titles including President of the Romanian Association and Chairman of the Advisory Board of ASEBUSS, Romania’s top graduate business school.  Radu’s prior experience as a floor broker at Shearson Lehman Hutton and work at the New York Stock Exchange gained him extensive knowledge of wholesale financial sectors, financial markets, financial institutions, and financial industry firms.

Saatchi & Saatchi assisted in efforts to promote Romania’s entry into the EU and arranged logistical support for President Bill Clinton’s visit in 1997. Along with his brother John, he co-led the “Romanian-Americans for Obama” committee in 2008 and then again in 2012. Radu is the founding member of the International Advertising Association, President of the Romanian Association of Ad Agencies, and Chairman of the Advisory Board of ASEBUSS, Romania’s top graduate business school.

Prior to moving to Romania, Radu worked as a floor broker at Shearson Lehman Hutton, at the New York Stock Exchange. Radu has a BA in Marketing from Boston College (1983). He speaks fluent English, French, and Romanian.

A Romanian historian, Dr. Radu Florescu was born in Bucharest in October of 1925 and recently passed away in May of 2014. He was crucial in establishing The Florescu Foundation and had always expressed what he felt to be his responsibility to the less fortunate. Dr. Radu Florescu, Emeritus Professor of History at Boston College and the Director of its East European Research Center, was the author of best-selling 1972 “In Search of Dracula” and “Dracula’s Bloodline.” “My father was an interesting combination of qualities,” said his son John of New York City and Bucharest. “He was a gentle soul and a gentleman, and also somebody with tremendous drive and determination.”  Radu is survived by his loving wife Nicole, their four children, and his fourteen grandchildren.

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