Zdravko Počivalšek, Minister of Economic Development and Technology Republic of Slovenia
Zdravko Počivalšek, Minister of Economic Development and Technology Republic of Slovenia since December 2014, graduated from the Faculty of Agriculture in Ljubljana.
He gained his first managerial experience during 1985 and 1986 as a member of a business group that reformed the operation of the Šmarje pri Jelšah Agricultural Combine. He was General Manager of Šmarje pri Jelšah Agricultural Cooperative until 1994 and then General Manager of the Mlekarne Celeia dairy company. In 1999 he took over the top managerial position at Atomske toplice spa resort, which was transformed into the modern Terme Olimia under his leadership. He was developing Terme Olimia for 15 years to one of the most popular and most awarded thermal resort in this part of Europe. He held that position until his appointment as minister.
In 2005, he received an award from the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia for outstanding economic and entrepreneurial achievements in 2004, and in 2010 he was declared Manager of the Year 2010 for outstanding achievements of long-term significance in the economy.