CEO of MZI Global Marketing, Mira Zivkovich, Heritage Marketing Leader, Among 100 Recipients of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor 2007

Mira Zivkovich, a leader in heritage and multicultural marketing, President and CEO of MZI Global Marketing and founder of the Slavic Heritage Coalition, is a recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor 2007 presented on May 12, 2007 on Ellis Island. One of 100 recipients from the entire U.S. , Mira Zivkovich was chosen by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations to receive this honor because of her contributions to various charitable causes and her devotion to her Serbian ancestral group and dedication to preserving the multicultural diversity of American society.

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Our pro bono work allows us to help others and reaffirms our core company values. We believe good business should be meaningful, which is why MZI is committed to improving communities throughout the world

New York, NY (PRWEB) May 18, 2007

Mira Zivkovich, a leader in heritage and multicultural marketing, has used her abilities and resources as President and CEO of MZI Global Marketing to promote social responsibility and awareness for various organizations and multicultural communities. She was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO) on Saturday, May 12, 2007.

Each year, NECO serves as umbrella representing over 300 ethnic groups in the U.S. and awards annually the Ellis Island Medal of Honor to 100 outstanding individuals who portray a lifestyle dedicated to the community, exhibit interests for the preservation of cultural groups and who share and contribute through personal and professional achievements toward the overall benefit of society.
Both the United States Senate and House of Representatives have officially passed resolutions recognizing the Ellis Island Medals of Honor, which ranks among this country's most prestigious awards. Each year, Ellis Island Medal of Honor recipients are listed in the Congressional Record, honoring those who have made enduring contributions to our nation and to the world.

The Ellis Island Medal of Honor 2-day event begins with a reception the evening before the official presentation ceremony at the prestigious Metropolitan Club in NYC where the medalists meet each other. The following afternoon, recipients and guests are taken by ferry boat to Ellis Island for the ceremonial event lasting 7 hours. The colossal production worthy of Hollywood, starts with a ceremony in a 16,000 square foot tent, over 250 entertainers, marching bands, performers in full regalia, to honor the medalists. There are lights, camera and plenty of action but nothing matches the patriotic and emotional event which medalist Mira Zivkovich describes as the most memorable moment in her life. Following the tent ceremony, the medalists and over a thousand guests proceed to the Great Hall ballroom where candlelight, elegantly appointed tables, music and dance greet the medalists and their families for the evening's dinner celebration. To top everything, this spectacular ceremony and premier event of the year in New York City, ends with Grucci spectacular fireworks display in backdrop of New York Harbor.

Ms. Zivkovich is also the founder of the Slavic Heritage Coalition, which promotes the contributions of Slavic-Americans to American society, Her knowledge of heritage has helped her to make connections in the business of global marketing and develop marketing based on culture. Studies shows that 40 % of Americans can trace their roots to ancestors who entered United States through Ellis Island and are aware of their heritage roots. This has lead her to develop a proprietary methodology - Ethnosynergism™, which provides insights into the attitudes and behaviors of numerous market segments and connects companies and brands with diverse consumer groups. Ms. Zivkovich stated: "For me, the loss of one's heritage means a loss of identity and who we are as Americans, collectively. I strongly believe that the individual we have become today is a direct result of our history and places from which our elders came. Our past is something to build upon, something to fall back on, something that gives us courage to go forward, and something that makes us solid and stable as rock."

Tremendous appreciation goes to her beloved son, Brian Zivkovich Choudhary, and friends who also understand her commitments to her objectives and declining so many social engagements. Additional recipients of the 2007 Ellis Island Medals of Honor include: Her Excellency Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa, President of the 61st Session of the United Nations General Assembly; Senator Chuck Hagel; Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., President of the University of Notre Dame; U.S. Congressman Tom Lantos, Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Zivkovich has successfully transferred her leadership experience at her firm to assist critical social issues. "Our pro bono work allows us to help others and reaffirms our core company values. We believe good business should be meaningful, which is why MZI is committed to improving communities throughout the world," says Mira Zivkovich. She incorporates this philosophy in everything she does by speaking for the voices that cannot be heard and by donating her time and energy to various compelling causes over the years.

Because of her many achievements and her ability to touch communities through her personal and professional achievements, Zivkovich was honored at this year's ceremony on Saturday, May 12, 2007 in New York City. Zivkovich will join the honored ranks of past recipients include six U.S. Presidents -Bill Clinton, George Bush, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, and Gerald Ford as well as Nobel laureates, entertainers, athletes, entrepreneurs, religious leaders and business executives, such as Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Muhammad Ali, Rosa Parks, Elie Wiesel, General Norman Schwarzkopf, Mickey Mantle, Gloria Estefan, Michael Douglas and Siegfried & Roy.

Mira and MZI Inc want to congratulate all the hundred 2007 Ellis Island medalists:
" I would like to wish you all my heartfelt congratulations for receiving the prestigious 2007 Ellis Island Medal of Honor. I feel extremely proud to have had the opportunity to meet you and share this honor with you. I hope this award has inspired you to greater heights as it has done for me. I also hope you enjoyed your trip to New York and had a comfortable and safe journey to your homes"

Dr. Gregory Adamian, Chancellor; H.E. Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa, President - 61st Session of the General Assembly; George Altirs, CEO of GMA Accessories, Inc.; Peter Arnell, Founder & Chairman of Arnell Group; Dr. Elias Ayoub, Physician; Dr. Ernest M. Barsamian, Professor of Surgery (Emeritus) at Harvard University; Michelle Bodden, VP Elementary Schools; Eric Braeden, Actor; Edgar Cahn, Founder & CEO of Time Banks USA; Leo Chen, CEO of Spectroniq; Dr. Aram V. Chobanian, President (Emeritus) of Boston University; Jaekun Chung, President of Jay Joshua, Inc.; Mario Ciano, Chairman of Reminger & Reminger Co.;Denis A. Cortese, MD,President & CEO of Mayo Clinic; Hon. Leslie Crocker-Snyder, Partner of Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman; Victor Phillip Dahdaleh, Owner & Chairman of Dadaco Group of Companies; Nicholas J. Daniello, MD; Dr. Joel Alan DeLisa, Chairman, Dept. Physical Med. of Kessler Medical Rehab. NJMC; Kirti Desai, President of TAK Construction, Inc.; Dr. Akshay Desai, Chairman, President & CEO of Universal Health Care; Michael J. Dowling, President & CEO of North Shore LI Jewish Health System; James J. Dowling, Community Leader; Blaise Durante Deputy Asst. Secretary of US Air Force; Hon. Jacob Eapen, MD, MPH, Alameda County Medical Center; Mory Ejabat, CEO of Zhone Technology; Richard A. Elias, MD, Miami International Cardiology Consultants; Hani Findakly, PhD, Vice Chairman & Director of The Clinton Group, Inc.; Arthur Flegel, Founder & CEO of Flegel's Home Furnishings; Jon Fortgang, CEO of New Hair Technology; Douglas Foshee, President & CEO of El Paso Corporation; Philip Friedman, President & CEO of Computer Generated Solutions; Cynthia R, Garrett, Superintendent of Statue of Liberty National Monument; Obren Gerich, Sr. Vice President of Public Storage, Inc.; Joi Gordon, CEO of Dress for Success Worldwide; Col. R.L. Grabowski,USMC, Commanding Officer of First Marine Corp District; MSGT Nicholas G. Grand, USAF, Mobilization Coordinator of Nat'l Committee for ESGR; Patrick Grant, President & CEO of National Western Stock; Hon. Chuck Hagel, United States Senator; George Hamilton, Actor/ Dancer; William Harrington, Esq., Partner of Bleakley, Platt & Schmidt; Richard Heckmann, Chairman & CEO of K2, Inc.; Col. Jack H. Jacobs, USA (Ret.); Rev. John I. Jenkins, CSC, President of University of Notre Dame; Ik Joong Kang, Artist at Ik Joong Kang Studio; Dr. Sarkis Kechejian, President of K Clinics; Don Keenan, Founder of Keenan's Kids Foundation; Do-Young Kim, Vice President of Speed Management Corp; David E. Kimmel, Jr., Chief of Field Operations of WPIX-TV; Dr. Steven S. Koh, Chairman of Wilshire State Bank; George J. Kostas, President & CEO of Techno Economic Services; Les Kuczynski, Nat'I Exec. Director of Polish American Congress; Joan Kuyper Farver, Chair Emeritus of Pella Corporation; Irene Ladas, Aegean Real Estate; LTC Larry H. Lang, USAF, Commander & Conductor of USAF Band of Liberty; Rep. Tom Lantos, U.S. Congressman; Dr. Edwin Pak-Wah Leung, Professor & Chairman of Department of Asian Studies in Seton Hall University; Dr. John M. Levinson; Hon. Guillermo Linares, Commissioner, Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs; Harvey MacKay, Chairman of MacKay Envelope Co.; Patrick J. Martucci, Chairman & CEO of Coreview Capital, LLG; Thomas Mattia, Sr. Vice President of Coca-Cola Company; CPT Gary A. Maynard, USN, Commander of Naval Weapon Station Earle; Mitchell Modell, CEO of Modell's Sporting Goods; Hon. Samuel Mok, Chief Financial Officer of U.S. Dept. of Labor, Todd Morgan, Chairman & Sr. Partner of Belair Investment Advisors; C. Warren Moses, CEO of The Children's Aid Society; Dr. Vance Moss, Urologic Transplant Surgeon of the Mid-Atlantic Multi-Specialty Surgical Group; Dr. Vince Moss, Cardiothoracic Surgeon of the Mid-Atlantic Multi-Specialty Surgical Group; Sharmin Mossavar-Rahmani, Managing Director of Goldman Sachs & Co; Maureen Murphy, Recording Secretary of Sergeants Benevolent Assoc.; Fereydoun Nazem, Founder & Managing Partner of the Nazem & Company; Hon. Liet Nguyen, Magistrate -Commonwealth of Virginia; Col. Tracey E. Nicholson, Commander, Ft. Hamilton; Fr. Michael O'Connell, Rector of Basilica of St. Mary; Dr. Kiran C. Patel, Chairman of Patel Foundation for Global Understanding; Antonio M. Perez, Chairman & CEO of Eastman Kodak Company; Asst. Chief Diana L. Pizzuti, Commanding Officer NYPD of Queens North; L. Rafael Reif, PhD, Provost, Maseeh Prof. of Emerging Tech. - MIT; RADM Stephen W. Rochon, USCG, Commander; James Rogers, Chairman, President & CEO of Duke Energy Corp; Michael Rogers, Exec. Vice President, Corp. Services of MedStar Health; Hon. Carlos A. Romero-Barcelo, former Governor of Puerto Rico; Ali A. Saberioon, President & CEO of Sabco Oil & Gas Corp; Carlos A. Saladrigas, Founder & Chairman of Premier American Bank; Dominick M. Servedio, Chairman & CEO of STV Group, Inc.; Smita N. Shah, President of SPAAN Tech, Inc.; Donald Soffer, Owner of Turnberry Associates; Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, Chairman & CEO of Abraxis Bioscience, Inc.; Toomas M. Sorra, MD, Community Leader; Debra Brown Steinberg, Esq., Partner of Cadwalader,Wickersham & Taft, LLP; Daniel J. Sullivan, President & CEO of FedEx Ground Package System, Inc.; Daniel J. Thomas, DDS, President of Periodontal Specialists, PA; Gerald Turpanjian, President of TF Educational Foundation; Luis A. Valentin, County Prosecutor of Monmouth County; Tai Nin Wang, Vice President of WAC Lighting Co.; Richard J. Wolff, CEO of The Global Consulting Group; Mahvash Yazdi, Sr. V.P. of Business, Integration & CIO of Edison International; Dr. Gazi Zibari, Professor of LSU Health Sciences Center.

Mira Zivkovich and MZI Global Marketing express an hearty appreciation to the board members of National Ethnic Coalition of Organization Foundation. Inc. (NECO) for organizing greatest and the most meaningful event in America- the Ellis Island Medal of Honor:

William Denis Fugazy, Co-Chairmen; Lee A. Lacocca, Co-Chairmen; Nasser J. Kazeminy, Chairman of the Executive Committee; William Denis Fugazy, Jr. Vice Chair; Brian O' Dwyer, Esq, Vice Chair; Maurice A. Buckley, President; Rosemarie Taglione, Executive Director; Board of Directors: Helene Irma der Stepanian; Louis Freech; William Denis Fugazy, Jr; John B. Goodman

Thank you ALL!

Two Serbians, Among 100 Recipients, are Awarded the 2007 Ellis Island Medal of Honor

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Medalists Arthur Flegel, and Daniel J. Thomas Medalists Arthur Flegel, and Daniel J. Thomas

Medalists Arthur Flegel, Genealogist, Founder & CEO of Flegel's Home Furnishings has a drink with Daniel J. Thomas, President & Partner of Periodontal Specialists at Ritz Carlton Battery Park, New York, NY ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Medalist Dr. Sarkis Kechejiar Medalist Dr. Sarkis Kechejiar

Dr. Sarkis Kechejiar, President of K Clinics listens intently at the Medalists Reception at Ritz Carlton Battery Park, New York, NY ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


James T. Vallas with his family, medalist Mira Zivkovich with her son Brian; Rev. Djokan Majstorovic and his wife James T. Vallas with his family, medalist Mira Zivkovich with her son Brian; Rev. Djokan Majstorovic and his wife

James T. Vallas’ family: his son-in-law Leo C. R. Cullen, daughters: Pamela D. Vallas and Victoria M. Vallas-Cullen and Vallas himself stand with medalist Mira Zivkovich and her son Brian next to Mariana Majstorovic and her husband, Rev. Djokan Majstorovic of St. Sava Cathedral, NYC at Ellis Island ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Mira Zivkovich and her son with James Vallas' daughters and son-in-law Mira Zivkovich and her son with James Vallas' daughters and son-in-law

From left: Victoria Vallas-Cullen, Mira Zivkovich, Leo Cullen, Pamela Vallas and Brian Zivkovich-Choudhary ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Medalists Cynthia Garrett, Luis Valentin, Mahvash Yazdi, Richard Wolff Medalists Cynthia Garrett, Luis Valentin, Mahvash Yazdi, Richard Wolff

Medalists Cynthia Garrett, Luis Valentin, Mahvash Yazdi and Richard Wolff wait in anticipation for the commencement of the Ellis Island Medals of Honor ceremony ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


2006 meets 2007: Medalists Vlade Divac, Josip Cermin and Mira Zivkovich 2006 meets 2007: Medalists Vlade Divac, Josip Cermin and Mira Zivkovich

2007 medalist Mira Zivkovich with 2006 medalists Vlade Divac of the Los Angeles Lakers and Josip Cermin, President of Viztek, Inc. ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Medalist Dr. Edwin Pak-Wah Medalist Dr. Edwin Pak-Wah

Proud Medalist Dr. Edwin Pak-Wah Leung, Professor & Chairman of the Department of Asian Studies, Seton Hall University at the reception at Ritz Carlton Battery Park, New York, NY ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Medalists: Peter Arnell and Dr. Joel Alan DeLisa Medalists: Peter Arnell and Dr. Joel Alan DeLisa

Peter Arnell, founder & Chairman of Arnell Group with Dr. Joel Alan DeLisa, Chairman, Dept. Physical Med. at Kessler Medical Rehab. In the background is Patrick J. Martucci, Chairman & CEO of Coreview Capital, LLG at the Ritz Carlton Battery Park, New York, NY ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Cadets honor recipients and their guests Cadets honor recipients and their guests

Over 250 members of the military march outside Ellis Island to honor the recipients of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Cadets welcome recipients entering the museum building Cadets welcome recipients entering the museum building

Military commands included the Hanscom Ai Force Base, The United States Air Force Band of Liberty, US Military Academy, US Corps of Cadets, Honor Guard, United States Naval Academy, United States Army XVIII Airborne Corps, United States Army 82nd Airborne Division, HQS 3rd Battalion 321st Field Artillery Regiment and Military Color Guards ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Docking the ship at Ellis Island Harbor Docking the ship at Ellis Island Harbor

Recipients of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor wait to disembark, amazed by the greeting by the Honor Guard. Military commands included the Hanscom Air Force Base, The United States Air Force Band of Liberty, US Military Academy, US Corps of Cadets, Honor Guard, United States Naval Academy, United States Army XVIII Airborne Corps, United States Army 82nd Airborne Division, HQS 3rd Battalion 321st Field Artillery Regiment and Military Color Guards ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


NECO passport, medal and other mementos NECO passport, medal and other mementos

©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Medalist Michael Rogers with his family Medalist Michael Rogers with his family

Medalist Michael Rogers, Exec. Vice President of Corp. Services MedStar Health, is proud to have his family stand by him while waiting for the ferry in New York ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Medalist Smita N. Shah Medalist Smita N. Shah

Medalist Smita N. Shah, from Chicago, a successful leader in IT and President of SPAAN Tech, Inc. on the way to the ferry in all her elegance ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Medalists: Dr. Steven S. Koh, Mira Zivkovich, Jaekun Chung Medalists: Dr. Steven S. Koh, Mira Zivkovich, Jaekun Chung

Mira Zivkovich stands with Korean medalists Dr. Steven S. Koh, Chairman of Wilshire State Bank and Jaekun Chung, President of Jay Joshua, Inc. before the spectacular view of the harbor from Ritz Carlton Battery Park, NYC ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Special NECO passport for Mira Zivkovich Special NECO passport for Mira Zivkovich

NECO issues a special individual passport, program and VIP ticket to each of its medalists ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Medalists Mira Zivkovich and Obren Brian Gerich Medalists Mira Zivkovich and Obren Brian Gerich

Honorees Mira Zivkovich and Obren Brian Gerich enthusiastically walk down the red carpet at Ellis Island in true Hollywood style ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Medalist Mira Zivkovich Medalist Mira Zivkovich

Ms. Mira Zivkovich, President and CEO of MZI Global Marketing, walks down the red carpet at Ellis Island with excitement to receive her honor ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Medalists: Obren Brian Gerich, Hon. Jacob Eapen, MD, MPH, George Hamilton, Mira Zivkovich, and Daniel J. Sullivan Medalists: Obren Brian Gerich, Hon. Jacob Eapen, MD, MPH, George Hamilton, Mira Zivkovich, and Daniel J. Sullivan

Medalist Recipients from left: Obren Brian Gerich, Sr. Vice President of Public Storage, Inc., Hon. Jacob Eapen, MD, MPH, George Hamilton, actor; Mira Zivkovich, and Daniel J. Sullivan, President and CEO of FedEx Ground Package, at the Medalists Reception at Ritz Carlton Battery Park, New York, NY ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Medalists: Mira Zivkovich and Mitchell Modell Medalists: Mira Zivkovich and Mitchell Modell

Mira Zivkovich with fellow medalist Mitchell Modell, CEO of Modell’s Sporting Goods at the reception at Ritz Carlton Battery Park, New York, NY ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Medalists Mira Zivkovich with Obren Gerich and his family Medalists Mira Zivkovich with Obren Gerich and his family

Unforgettable moments: Medalists and friends Obren Gerich and Mira Zivkovich, with his wife and grandchildren at the Gala Dinner in the Registry Room in the Great Hall on Ellis Island ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Medalists: Mira Zivkovich, Antonio M. Perez, James Rogers Medalists: Mira Zivkovich, Antonio M. Perez, James Rogers

Mira Zivkovich, President & CEO of MZI Global Marketing; Antonio M. Perez, Chairman & CEO of Eastman Kodak Company; and James Rogers, Chairman, President & CEO of Duke Energy Corp at the Ritz Carlton Battery Park, New York, NY ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Medalist Mira Zivkovich with Obren Gerich's daughters Medalist Mira Zivkovich with Obren Gerich's daughters

At Ellis Island New York, NY ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Medalists: Fereydoun Nazem and Ali A. Saberioon Medalists: Fereydoun Nazem and Ali A. Saberioon

Lost in conversation, medalists Fereydoun Nazem, Founder & Managing Partner of Nazem & Company with Ali A. Saberioon, President & CEO of Sabco Oil & Gas Corp at the reception at Ritz Carlton Battery Park, New York, NY ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Medalists Obren Gerich and Mira Zivkovich, with Col. Eugene V. Medalists Obren Gerich and Mira Zivkovich, with Col. Eugene V.

2007 Ellis Island Recipients, Obren Gerich and Mira Zivkovich, with Col. Eugene V. Lombardo, USA (Ret.) and U.S. Army at the Metropolitan Club in New York City, NY ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Medalists: Mira Zivkovich with Philip Friedman and his wife Medalists: Mira Zivkovich with Philip Friedman and his wife

Medalists: Mira Zivkovich, President and CEO of MZI Global Marketing and Philip Friedman, President and CEO of Computer Generated Solutions, with his wife at the Metropolitan Club in New York City, NY ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


The Metropolitan Club The Metropolitan Club

The grand entrance of the exclusive and private Metropolitan Club, New York City, NY ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Medalists: Irene Ladas and Dr. Joel Alan DeLisa, with his wife Medalists: Irene Ladas and Dr. Joel Alan DeLisa, with his wife

Dr. Joel Alan DeLisa, Chairman of Dept. Physical Med. at Kessler Medical Rehab, with his wife and fellow medalist Irene Ladas, Aegean Real Estate at the Metropolitan Club, New York City©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Medalists: Dr. Joel Alan DeLisa with his wife and Dr. Gazi Zibari Medalists: Dr. Joel Alan DeLisa with his wife and Dr. Gazi Zibari

Dr. Joel Alan DeLisa, Chairman of the Dept. of Physical Med. at Kessler Medical Rehab and his wife with Dr. Gazi Zibari, Professor at LSU Health Sciences Center at the Metropolitan Club, New York City ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Dr. Vance Moss and Dr. Vince Moss Dr. Vance Moss and Dr. Vince Moss

Cadets of the United States Army 82nd Airborne Division, All- American Chorus, Fort Bragg, NC watch as African twin brothers and medalists: Dr. Vance Moss, Urologic Transplant Surgeon at Mid-Atlantic Multi-Specialty Surgical Group and Dr. Vince Moss, Cardiothoracic Surgeon at Mid-Atlantic Multi-Specialty Surgical Group enjoy the banquet at the exclusive Metropolitan Club in New York City, NY ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Medalists: Mira Zivkovich, Michael Rogers, Michelle Bodden Medalists: Mira Zivkovich, Michael Rogers, Michelle Bodden

A memorable moment indeed, medalists: Dominick M. Servedio, Chairman and CEO of STV Group, Inc. and Mira Zivkovich, President and CEO of MZI Global Marketing at the reception at Ritz Carlton Battery Park, New York, NY ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


James T. Vallas with medalists, Mira Zivkovich and Obren Brian Gerich James T. Vallas with medalists, Mira Zivkovich and Obren Brian Gerich

James T. Vallas is proud to stand with two Serbian medal recipients, Mira Zivkovich and Obren Brian Gerich at the reception at Ritz Carlton Battery Park, New York, NY ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Medalists: Daniel J. Sullivan, Obren Gerich, Mira Zivkovich Medalists: Daniel J. Sullivan, Obren Gerich, Mira Zivkovich

Daniel J. Sullivan, President & CEO of FedEx Ground Package; Obren Gerich, Sr. Vice President of Public Storage, Inc and Mira Zivkovich, President & CEO of MZI Global Marketing enjoy each other’s company at the Ritz Carlton Battery Park, New York ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Medalists Joi Gordon with Col. Tracey E. Nicholson Medalists Joi Gordon with Col. Tracey E. Nicholson

Medalists Joi Gordon, CEO of Dress for Success Worldwide with Col. Tracey E. Nicholson, Commander at Ft. Hamilton are deep in conversation at the Ritz Carlton Battery Park, New York ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Medalists:  Mira Zivkovich and Leo Chen Medalists: Mira Zivkovich and Leo Chen

Medalists: Mira Zivkovich and Leo Chen, CEO of Spectroniq at the reception at Ritz Carlton Battery Park, New York, NY ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Medalists: Maureen Murphy, Michelle Bodden, Mira Zivkovich, Dominick M. Servedio Medalists: Maureen Murphy, Michelle Bodden, Mira Zivkovich, Dominick M. Servedio

Three women medalists: Maureen Murphy, Recording Secretary of Sergeants Benevolent Assoc., Michelle Bodden, VP of Elementary Schools, UFT and Mira Zivkovich, President & CEO of MZI Global Marketing stand with Dominick M. Servedio, Chairman & CEO of STV Group, Inc. at Ritz Carlton Battery Park, New York, NY ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Medalists Mira Zivkovich and Obren Gerich with NECO Board Members Medalists Mira Zivkovich and Obren Gerich with NECO Board Members

NECO Board Members: John B. Goodman of the Board of Directors, President Maurice A. Buckley and Chairman of the Executive Committee Nasser J. Kazeminy with medalists Mira Zivkovich and Obren Gerich ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Medalists: Obren Brian Gerich, RADM Stephen W. Rochon, Mira Zivkovich Medalists: Obren Brian Gerich, RADM Stephen W. Rochon, Mira Zivkovich

Medalists: Obren Brian Gerich; LTC Larry H. Lang, USAF Commander & Conductor; RADM Stephen W. Rochon, USCG Commander; Mira Zivkovich at the Ritz Carlton Battery Park, New York, NY ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Medalist Mira Zivkovich Medalist Mira Zivkovich

Proud Medalist Mira Zivkovich, President and CEO of MZI Global Marketing, receives her 2007 Ellis Island Medal of Honor – “This was one of the most exciting moments of my life" ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Medalist Mira Zivkovich with military officer after receiving 2007 Ellis Island Medal of Honor Medalist Mira Zivkovich with military officer after receiving 2007 Ellis Island Medal of Honor

It has been a long journey from the former Yugoslavia ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Ellis Island Metal of Honor Ceremony Ellis Island Metal of Honor Ceremony

On the big screen in front of 1500 guests, under a 16000 sq foot tent Mira Zivkovich receives her Ellis Island Metal of Honor ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Medalist Dr. Kirti Desai Medalist Dr. Kirti Desai

Ellis Island Medal of Honor recipient Dr. Kirti (Kenny) Desai at the Ritz Carlton Battery Park, New York City ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Medalists Obren Brian Gerich and his family Medalists Obren Brian Gerich and his family

Celebrating with Gerich family at Registry Room Great Hall: son-in-law Alex Brankovic, Medalist s Obren Brian Gerich and Mira Zivkovich with Mrs. Marilyn Gerich, daughter Julia Brankovich, sister Marie Belotti, daughter Carrie with her husband Brian Bullard and Mr. Gerich grandchildren in front Alexis, Ryan, Tessa ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Medalist Mira Zivkovich with her son Brian Zivkovich-Choudhary and Lauren Jelencovich Medalist Mira Zivkovich with her son Brian Zivkovich-Choudhary and Lauren Jelencovich

Born to sing, entertainer Lauren Jelencovich, who performed for the President of the United States and at Carnegie Hall stands with Brian Zivkovich-Choudhary, and his mother, medalist Mira Zivkovich on the ferry on the way home ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Medalists Hon. Guillermo Linares and George Hamilton Medalists Hon. Guillermo Linares and George Hamilton

On Ellis Island after the Medals Ceremony ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Fireworks to honor the medalists Fireworks to honor the medalists

The dinner is capped by a stunning display of fireworks presented by Grucci at the New York Harbor as the medalists sail back to Battery Park ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Medalists Mira Zivkovich and Obren Gerich Medalists Mira Zivkovich and Obren Gerich

Proud Medalists: Mira Zivkovich, President and CEO of MZI Global Marketing and Obren Brian Gerich,Sr. Vice President of Public Storage, Inc, with military officer after receiving their Ellis Island Medal of Honor ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Tribute to Medalist Mira Zivkovich Tribute to Medalist Mira Zivkovich

The friends, employees and clients of MZI Global Marketing pay tribute in the commemorative journal to President & CEO, Mira Zivkovich, Ellis Island Medal of Honor Recipient ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Medalists: Daniel J. Thomas, Mira Zivkovich, Gerald Turpanjian Medalists: Daniel J. Thomas, Mira Zivkovich, Gerald Turpanjian

Medalists: Daniel J. Thomas, Mira Zivkovich, President Gerald Turpanjian ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Medalist Mira Zivkovich among 100 recipients Medalist Mira Zivkovich among 100 recipients

Mira Zivkovich stands proudly with all 100 recipients of the 2007 Ellis Island Medal of Honor ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Medalist Mira Zivkovich and Brian Zivkovich-Choudhary Medalist Mira Zivkovich and Brian Zivkovich-Choudhary

The happy mother, Mira Zivkovich with her proud son Brian Zivkovich-Choudhary enjoy the VIP reception at the Metropolitan Club, New York City, NY ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Brian Zivkovich-Choudhary and Mira Zivkovich Brian Zivkovich-Choudhary and Mira Zivkovich

Mira Zivkovich with fellow medalist Mitchell Modell, CEO of Modell’s Sporting Goods at the Metropolitan Club, New York, NY ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Nasser J. Kazeminy Nasser J. Kazeminy

NECO Chairman of the Executive Committee Nasser J. Kazeminy looks on as the Director of Children the Gift of Life gives a speech at the Metropolitan Club ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


The Metropolitan Club, New York, NY The Metropolitan Club, New York, NY

Family and friends of the recipients of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor are proud to be a part of the Gala Cocktail Reception at the Metropolitan Club, New York, NY ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Medalists: Irene Ladas and Mira Zivkovich with James Vallas Medalists: Irene Ladas and Mira Zivkovich with James Vallas

Medalists Irene Ladas and Mira Zivkovich take delight in the company of James Vallas at the Metropolitan Club, New York ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Medalists: Mira Zivkovich, Michael Rogers, Michelle Bodden Medalists: Mira Zivkovich, Michael Rogers, Michelle Bodden

Medalists Mira Zivkovich, President and CEO of MZI Global Marketing; Michael Rogers, Exec. Vice President, Corp. Services MedStar Health; Michelle Bodden, VP of Elementary Schools UFT have a great time at the reception at Ritz Carlton Battery Park, New York, NY ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Medalists Hon. Guillermo Linares and Hon. Carlos A. Romero-Barcelo Medalists Hon. Guillermo Linares and Hon. Carlos A. Romero-Barcelo

Medalists Hon. Guillermo Linares, Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs and Hon. Carlos A. Romero-Barcelo, former Governor of Puerto Rico chat at the reception at Ritz Carlton Battery Park, New York, NY ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Medalists: Mira Zivkovich, Jaekun Chung, Dr. Steven S. Koh Medalists: Mira Zivkovich, Jaekun Chung, Dr. Steven S. Koh

Proud Medalists: Mira Zivkovich, President and CEO of MZI Global Marketing, Jaekun Chung, President of Jay Joshua, Inc. and Dr. Steven S. Koh, Chairman of Wishire State Bank at the reception at Ritz Carlton Battery Park, New York, NY ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Medalists Obren Gerich, Do-Young Kim, Mira Zivkovich and Mr. Vallas Medalists Obren Gerich, Do-Young Kim, Mira Zivkovich and Mr. Vallas

Multicultural company: Serbian medalist Obren Gerich, Korean medalist Do-Young Kim, Greek Mr. Vallas, and Serbian medalist Mira Zivkovich at the Ritz Carlton Battery Park, New York, NY ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Medalists: Leo Chen, Dr. Edwin Pak-Wah Leung, Tai Nin Wang, Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, Chairman Hon. Samuel Mok Medalists: Leo Chen, Dr. Edwin Pak-Wah Leung, Tai Nin Wang, Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, Chairman Hon. Samuel Mok

Five Chinese medalists stand together. From left: Leo Chen, CEO of Spectroniq; Dr. Edwin Pak-Wah Leung, Professor & Chairman of the Department of Asian Studies, Seton Hall University; Tai Nin Wang, Vice President of WAC Lighting Co., Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, Chairman & CEO of Abraxis Bioscience, Inc; Hon. Samuel Mok, Chief Financial Officer of the U.S. Dept. of Labor at Ritz Carlton Battery Park, New York, NY ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Medalists: Dr. Aram V. Chobanian, and Mira Zivkovich with Harvey MacKay Medalists: Dr. Aram V. Chobanian, and Mira Zivkovich with Harvey MacKay

Medalists: Dr. Aram V. Chobanian, President (Emeritus) of Boston University, Mira Zivkovich, President and CEO of MZI Global Marketing chat up Harvey MacKay, author of the New York Times #1 bestsellers ‘Swim With The Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive,’ at the reception at Ritz Carlton Battery Park, New York, NY ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Medalists :  Obren Gerich, Edgar Cahn, Mira Zivkovich, Col. Tracey E. Nicholson Medalists : Obren Gerich, Edgar Cahn, Mira Zivkovich, Col. Tracey E. Nicholson

Medalists : Obren Gerich, Sr. Vice President of Public Storage, Inc., Edgar Cahn, Founder & CEO of Time Banks USA, Mira Zivkovich, President & CEO of MZI Global Marketing, Col. Tracey E. Nicholson, Commander at Ft. Hamilton at the Ritz Carlton Battery Park, New York, NY ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Medalist Col. Jack H. Jacobs Medalist Col. Jack H. Jacobs

Medalist Col. Jack H. Jacobs stands proud at the reception at Ritz Carlton Battery Park, New York, NY ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


The Metropolitan Club, New York, NY The Metropolitan Club, New York, NY

Welcome VIP Reception for Medalists ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Medalist Dominick M. Servedio with Rosemarie Taglione Medalist Dominick M. Servedio with Rosemarie Taglione

At the Ritz Carlton Battery Park, New York: Medalist Dominick M. Servedio, Chairman & CEO of STV Group, Inc. with Rosemarie Taglione, Executive Director of NECO and the producer, director, set designer, talent coordinator, publisher - and everything in between – of the massive annual production at Ellis Island ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Medalist Mira Zivkovich goes Hollywood with Marvin Scott Medalist Mira Zivkovich goes Hollywood with Marvin Scott

Medalist Mira Zivkovich with CW11(WPIX-TV) Senior Correspondent, Marvin Scott, who was interviewing the recipients reception at the reception at the Metropolitan Club in New York City, NY ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Hani Findakly with his wife Hani Findakly with his wife

Hani Findakly, PhD, Vice Chairman & Director of The Clinton Group, Inc. with his wife at the Metropolitan Club, New York ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Medalists: Obren Brian Gerich, Mira Zivkovich, George Altirs, C. Warren Moses Medalists: Obren Brian Gerich, Mira Zivkovich, George Altirs, C. Warren Moses

Medalists: Obren Brian Gerich, Sr. Vice President of Public Storage, Inc., Mira Zivkovich, President & CEO of MZI Global Marketing, George Altirs, CEO of GMA Accessories, Inc. and C. Warren Moses CEO of The Children's Aid Society at the Metropolitan Club in New York City, NY ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Medalist Ik Joong Kang with his wife, Rosemarie Taglione, Nasser Kazeminy with his wife, former medalist Marvin Scott Medalist Ik Joong Kang with his wife, Rosemarie Taglione, Nasser Kazeminy with his wife, former medalist Marvin Scott

Medalist Ik Joong Kang with his wife; NECO Executive Director Rosemarie Taglione; NECO Chairman of the Executive Committee Nasser Kazeminy with his wife; Marvin Scott, Senior Correspondent & anchor/host of CW11 News at Ten ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Medalist Mira Zivkovich and Mrs. Kazeminy Medalist Mira Zivkovich and Mrs. Kazeminy

Medalist Mira Zivkovich and Mrs. Kazeminy, the wife of the chairman of the Executive Committee of NECO at the reception at the Metropolitan Club in New York City, NY ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Medalists: Richard J. Wolff, Daniel J. Thomas, Mira Zivkovich, Gerald Turpanjian Medalists: Richard J. Wolff, Daniel J. Thomas, Mira Zivkovich, Gerald Turpanjian

Medalists: Richard J. Wolff, CEO of The Global Consulting Group; Daniel J. Thomas, DDS, President of Periodontal Specialists; Mira Zivkovich, President & CEO of MZI Global Marketing and Gerald Turpanjian, President Of TF Educational Foundation at the Ellis Island Medals of Honor Ceremony eagerly await their award ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Medalists: Dr. Ellias Ayoub, Richard A. Elias, Mira Zivkovich Medalists: Dr. Ellias Ayoub, Richard A. Elias, Mira Zivkovich

Medalists: Dr. Ellias Ayoub, Physician, Richard A. Elias, MD, Miami International Cardiology Consultants, and Mira Zivkovich, President and CEO of MZI Global Marketing at the Ritz Carlton Battery Park, New York, NY ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


The Green Berets sing ?I am proud to be an American? The Green Berets sing ?I am proud to be an American?

The United States Army 82nd Airborne Division, All- American Chorus, Fort Bragg, NC honors the recipients of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor at the Ellis Island Medals of Honor Ceremony. Nothing matches the wave of patriotism flowing though the medalists and their guests. ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


VIP Perfomance VIP Perfomance

Recipients of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor are honored with a military performance and patriotic songs ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Cultural Dancers Cultural Dancers

Cultural Dancers are among the 250 entertainers to greet VIPs and their families at the Ellis Island Harbor, New York ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Red Carpet Honor with military reception Red Carpet Honor with military reception

U.S. Military Corps of Cadets Color Guard march at the military reception for Ellis Island Medalists on Ellis Island New York Harbor ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Cadets honor recipients and their guests Cadets honor recipients and their guests

A military reception to honor the recipients at Ellis island Harbor, New York, NY ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Mira Zivkovich, President gets to know Harvey MacKay Mira Zivkovich, President gets to know Harvey MacKay

Medalist Mira Zivkovich, President and CEO of MZI Global Marketing and Harvey MacKay, author of the New York Times #1 bestsellers ‘Swim With The Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive,’ on Ellis Island after the medals ceremony ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Medalists: Mira Zivkovic and Thomas Mattia Medalists: Mira Zivkovic and Thomas Mattia

Mira Zivkovich, President & CEO of MZI Global Marketing with Thomas Mattia, Sr. Vice President of Coca-Cola Company at the Ellis Island Medals of Honor Ceremony ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Medalists: Dr. Ernest Barsamian, George Altirs, Gerald Turpanjian Medalists: Dr. Ernest Barsamian, George Altirs, Gerald Turpanjian

Medalists: Dr. Ernest Barsamian, Professor of Surgery (Emeritus) at Harvard University, George Altirs, CEO of GMA Accessories, Inc and Gerald Turpanjian, President of TF Educational Foundation enjoy a conversation at the reception at Ritz Carlton Battery Park, New York, NY ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Medalists: Mira Zivkovich and Hon. Jacob Eapen Medalists: Mira Zivkovich and Hon. Jacob Eapen

At the reception at Ritz Carlton Battery Park, New York, NY, medalists Mira Zivkovich and Hon. Jacob Eapen, MD, MPH enjoy a mutual interest when Mira reveals that she is indeed Indian by marriage ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Medalists: Todd Morgan and George Hamilton Medalists: Todd Morgan and George Hamilton

Todd Morgan is thrilled to pose with Hollywood star George Hamilton at the reception at Ritz Carlton Battery Park, New York, NY ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Medalists: David E. Kimmel, Mira Zivkovich, with James T. Vallas and Lauren Jelencovich Medalists: David E. Kimmel, Mira Zivkovich, with James T. Vallas and Lauren Jelencovich

An unforgettable evening: Medalists David E. Kimmel, Jr., Chief of Field Operations of WPIX-TV, just back from Iraq and Mira Zivkovich, President & CEO of MZI Global Marketing, with James T. Vallas and entertainer Lauren Jelencovich going home on the ferry ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Spectacular fireworks display ends the Ellis Island Event Spectacular fireworks display ends the Ellis Island Event

Famed Grucci fireworks end the Ellis Island festivities as the medalists and atendees ferry back to Battery Park ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Grucci fireworks over the Statue of Liberty Grucci fireworks over the Statue of Liberty

Undeterred by the rain, the famed Grucci fireworks burst over the Statue Of Liberty ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Ellis Island Family Gathering Ellis Island Family Gathering

Medalists Obren Brian Gerich table #16: daughter Carrie Bullard, sister Marie Belotti, his wife Mrs. Marilyn Gerich, sons-in-law Brian Bullard and Alex Brankovic ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


The ceiling of the Registry Room Great Hall with its sparkling stars The ceiling of the Registry Room Great Hall with its sparkling stars

Registry Room Great Hall décor of a ceiling full of stars and the American flag, enhanced the evening with a grand sense of heritage and history ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Ellis Island Medal of Honor Gala in the Registry Room of the Great Hall on Ellis Island Ellis Island Medal of Honor Gala in the Registry Room of the Great Hall on Ellis Island

In a production worthy of Hollywood, filled with glitz and glamour, 1500 guests gathered in this breathtaking venue adorned with flowers, candles and a ceiling full of stars ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Medalists: Mira Zivkovich and Gerald Turpanjian Medalists: Mira Zivkovich and Gerald Turpanjian

Medalists Mira Zivkovich and Gerald Turpanjian share one of the happiest moments of their life ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Medalists: Mahvash Yazdi, Richard J. Wolff, Mira Zivkovich, Ali A. Saberioon, Dominick M. Servedio Medalists: Mahvash Yazdi, Richard J. Wolff, Mira Zivkovich, Ali A. Saberioon, Dominick M. Servedio

A light moment as dais seating is arranged. Medalists at the Ellis Island Medals of Honor Ceremony (left to right): Mahvash Yazdi, Sr. V.P. of Business, Integration & CIO of Edison International; Richard J. Wolff, CEO of The Global Consulting Group; Mira Zivkovich, President and CEO of MZI Global Marketing; Ali A. Saberioon, President & CEO of Sabco Oil & Gas Corp; Dominick M. Servedio, Chairman & CEO of STV Group, Inc ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Medalists photo on Channel 11 News (WPIX-TV) of NECO Press Conference at Children?s Aid Society, New York, NY Medalists photo on Channel 11 News (WPIX-TV) of NECO Press Conference at Children?s Aid Society, New York, NY

Medalists at a press conference at The Children’s Aid Society of New York: Ik Joong Kang, artist; David E. Kimmel, Jr., Chief of Field Operations WPIX-TV; Jon Fortgang, CEO of New Hair Technology; Dominick M. Servedio, Chairman & CEO of STV Group, Inc.; Mira Zivkovich, President & CEO of MZI Global Marketing; Do-Young Kim Vice President of Speed Management Corp, Tai Nin Wang, Vice President of WAC Lighting Co.; Michelle Bodden, VP of Elementary Schools UFT; Jaekun Chung, President of Jay Joshua, Inc.; Philip Friedman, President and CEO of Computer Generated Solutions; George Altirs, CEO of GMA Accessories, Inc. ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com


Medalists: Ik Joong Kang, Mira Zivkovich, Fereydoun Nazem, Leo Chen, Irene Ladas Medalists: Ik Joong Kang, Mira Zivkovich, Fereydoun Nazem, Leo Chen, Irene Ladas

Enjoying the banquet,(left to right) Ik Joong Kang, Artist, Ik Joong Kang Studio; Irene Ladas, Aegean Real Estate; Mira Zivkovich, President and CEO of MZI Global Marketing; Leo Chen, CEO of Spectroniq; Fereydoun Nazem, Founder & Managing Partner of Nazem & Company; at the Medalists Reception at Ritz Carlton Battery Park, New York, NY ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com