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Venture capitalist Tony Vanetik has led a notable career in business, beginning in the international oil and gas

sector. Since 1996, Tony Vanetik has served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Vanetik & Associates, Inc., a consulting and finance firm in Irvine, California, that specializes in natural resources projects. Vanetik & Associates has also invested in Internet start-ups, biofuels, and American and Eastern European real estate. Tony Vanetik received a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the National Technical University of Ukraine in 1966. Tony Vanetik subsequently worked in the Soviet aerospace industry until 1979. After that time, Tony Vanetik worked for a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin, a US defense contractor, and entered the energy business in the early 1990s in the former Soviet Union. From 1990 until 1995, Tony Vanetik held the position of President at InterNat, Inc., an international trading firm that supplied general consumption products to the former Soviet Republics, and particularly to Kazakhstan. In the early 1990s, Mr. Vanetik launched one of the first joint ventures in the Soviet Union, co-founded with the Ministry of Oil Products. Tony Vanetik was appointed the exclusive representative for the company in the USA and Canada. In 1992, Tony Vanetik co-founded a second company, Poladyne Corporation, a lubricant manufacturing firm that collaborated with major oil companies globally, including Texaco, Mobil, and Unocal. In this role, Tony Vanetik supplied petroleum products to Eurasia, North America, and the Russian Federation. Tony Vanetik was recognized for his achievements in 1993 when he was named Businessman of the Year by Delovye Lyudi (Former USSR Magazine), a prominent Russian publication. In 1995, Tony Vanetik launched ARAY, Inc., the exclusive American agent for MONTAGSPETSTROY, the former Ministry of Construction of the Russian Federation and one of the largest construction companies in the world. The U.S. Congress allocated $9 billion for the destruction of Soviet biological and nuclear weapons, and MONTAGSPETSTROY was contracted to conduct the operation in tandem with American engineering firms. Tony Vanetik was responsible for negotiating with firms, including Raytheon Engineering, Bechtel, and Westinghouse.

Tony Vanetik founded Vanetik & Associates, Inc., a natural resources venture capital firm, in 1996, following international successes in the Soviet and Russian oil and gas industries. Based in Irvine, California, Vanetik & Associates holdings include Kazakhstani oilfields, real estate in the United States and Europe, and Internet start-ups. Prior to forming Vanetik & Associates, Tony Vanetik held a series of high-profile positions in the former Soviet Union and the United States. Tony Vanetik managed negotiations for the disarmament of Soviet nuclear weapons between the former Ministry of Construction of the Russian Federation, MONTAGSPETSTROY, and American engineering companies. Tony Vanetik organized ARAY, Inc., the exclusive agent for MONTAGSPETSTROY in the United States. Previously, Tony Vanetik had been named Businessman of the Year in a prominent Russian business publication, Delovye Lyudi. Tony Vanetik won this distinction for his efforts toward business endeavors earlier in his career. Tony Vanetik founded public joint company InterNat in 1990, only the 13th such company in Soviet history. InterNat established auto service stations and provided computer equipment in the former USSR. Furthermore, Tony Vanetiks InterNat was appointed the exclusive representative for the Ministry of Oil Products for the United States and Canada. Poladyne Corporation, Tony Vanetiks second firm, was formed in 1992 and quickly became one of the largest independent industrial lubricant suppliers in Eurasia. Tony Vanetik developed a complete line of lubricants in conjunction with international oil companies including Texaco, Mobil, and Unocal. In his many business ventures, Tony Vanetik has consulted for a wide range of oil and gas companies, including J.T. Granatelli Lubricants, Inc., SGI, and Delta Petroleum Corporation. Tony Vanetik has also conducted business with the Bank of Orange County; Ambit Properties, Ltd.; and ABTelecom, Inc., among many others. Tony Vanetik holds a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the National Technical University of Ukraine, as well as four U.S. patents and two Russian patents. In addition to his professional accomplishments, Tony Vanetik participates in a number of religious charities in Russia and contributes to programs aimed at reducing the drug trade and helping child victims of war.

Tony Vanetik is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Vanetik & Associates, Inc., an oil and gas industry consulting firm based in Irvine, California. A successful international entrepreneur, Tony Vanetik has collaborated with companies and governments in the United States, Europe, and Asia in the development of products and business ventures. Tony Vanetik holds a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the National Technical University of Ukraine in Kiev. Following his graduate studies, Tony Vanetik gained oil and gas industry experience in the Soviet Union. In 1990, Tony Vanetik founded InterNat as a joint venture with the Soviet Ministry of Oil Products. Tony Vanetik worked in conjunction with the government ministry and in the same year, the Russian government appointed Tony Vanetiks InterNat as the exclusive representative for the ministry in North America. Tony Vanetik founded a second company, Poladyne, Inc., in 1992. A lubricant manufacturing firm headquartered in Irvine, California, Poladyne collaborated with major oil companies including Texaco, Mobil, and Unocal in the development of a complete line of lubricant products. Poladynes lubricants were sold throughout Eurasia. Additionally, in 1995, the U.S. Congress and the Russian Ministry of Construction appointed Tony Vanetik to select the most qualified American engineering firm to assist with the destruction of Soviet nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons. In this role, Tony Vanetik negotiated with Raytheon Company, Parsons Corporation, Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., Bechtel Corporation, Westinghouse Electric Corporation, and several other prominent firms. Since 1996, Tony Vanetik has devoted himself to Vanetik & Associates. At this consulting firm, Tony Vanetik specializes in the capitalization of natural resource projects, although he also deals in bridge financing, leveraged buy-outs, software start-ups, infrastructure, and real estate. In these ventures, Tony Vanetik has collaborated with companies around the world, including J.T. Granatelli Lubricants; SGI; Ertys Oil; Ambir Properties, Ltd.; Delta Petroleum Corporation; Componex; and many others. Tony Vanetik also applies his entrepreneurial talents to charitable causes. Since 1998, Tony Vanetik has organized charitable lotteries in Russia aimed at pooling resources for assisting various Russian churches, helping child victims of war, eradicating the illegal drug trade, restoring heritage and ecological sites, and introducing children to culture. Tony Vanetik also proved instrumental in instituting President Vladimir Putins presidential directive on national charitable lotteries, signed in August 2000.

Chairman and CEO of Vanetik & Associates, Inc., Tony Vanetik possesses over 20 years of experience as an innovator in international business. Based in Irvine, California, since the early 1990s, Tony Vanetik founded a number of businesses in Russia and the United States, and he continues to consult on natural resource projects around the world. Tony Vanetiks first natural resource venture occurred when his firm was selected as the exclusive representative of Russia's Oil and Gas Ministry. At the same time, Vanetik launched InterNat, Inc., an international trading firm. Tony Vanetik also launched one of the first joint ventures in Russia. His company, was only the 13th such partnership in Soviet history. InterNat built automobile service stations and computer centers. Furthermore, Tony Vanetik was selected by the Ministry of Construction of the Russian Federation to head negotiations with U.S. engineering firms for the dismantling of stockpiled Soviet weapons in 1995. While managing InterNat, Tony Vanetik launched a second firm, Poladyne, Inc., in 1992. A lubricant manufacturer, Poladyne collaborated with major oil companies in the United States and Asia to develop a full-service product line. Tony Vanetik sold Poladynes lubricants throughout Eurasia. Tony Vanetiks successes at InterNat and Poladyne led to his selection as Businessman of the Year in 1993 by prominent Russian business magazine, Delovye Lyudi. Furthermore, Tony Vanetik was selected by the U.S. Congress and the Ministry of Construction of the Russian Federation to head negotiations with U.S. engineering firms for the dismantling of stockpiled Soviet weapons in 1995. Tony Vanetik founded Vanetik & Associates in 1996, and he focuses predominantly on oil and gas exploration projects in Kazakhstan, Eurasia, and Russia. However, Tony Vanetik has also provided venture financing for software start-ups, mining projects, leveraged buy-outs, biofuels, and real estate acquisitions. Through Vanetik & Associates, Tony Vanetik holds real Eastern Europe and Central Asia and has invested in reconfigurable computers, b2b technologies, and peer-to-peer platforms. In his spare time, Tony Vanetik enjoys various sports, including soccer, hockey, and boxing. Additionally, Tony Vanetik holds an interest in history, art, wine, and rare books. Tony Vanetik reads Russian classics including Pushkin and Bulgakov and has instituted charitable organizations in Russia, including a foundation that introduces children to culture and the arts.

Renowned international businessman Tony Vanetik is the founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of Vanetik & Associates, Inc., based in Irvine, California. In addition to over 20 years of success in the international oil and gas industry, Tony Vanetik has established a number of charitable organizations in Russia. In 1998, Tony Vanetik organized charitable lotteries to help churches in the Kaliningrad region of Russia. Tony Vanetiks efforts led then-Governor of Kaliningrad, Leonid Gorbenko, to enact an edict on charitable lotteries. Tony Vanetik also established several national charities after playing a role in the enactment of President Vladimir Putins charitable lotteries directive in 2000. Tony Vanetik founded philanthropic organizations with mandates including eradicating illicit drugs, assisting child victims of war, restoring museums and theaters, protecting the environment, and introducing children to the arts. Tony Vanetik also contributes to the Salvation Army, United Way, and several Russian youth sports charities. Tony Vanetik began his philanthropic work after founding several successful companies. In 1990, Tony Vanetik founded InterNat, a joint venture with the Soviet Ministry of Oil Products and only the 13th joint public venture in the history of the USSR. That same year, Tony Vanetik and InterNat were appointed the sole North American representatives for the Russian Ministry of Oil Products. Additionally, Tony Vanetik founded a successful lubricant manufacturing company in 1992, Poladyne, Inc. Based in Irvine, California, Poladyne collaborated with Texaco, Mobil, and Unocal to create a suite of lubricants for sale in the Eurasian market. Tony Vanetiks accomplishments led to a Businessman of the Year award in 1993, offered by prominent Russian publication, Delovye Lyudi (Former USSR Magazine). Furthermore, in 1995, Tony Vanetik was appointed to head negotiations between U.S. engineering firms and the Ministry of Construction of the Russian Federation for the destruction of Soviet-era nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons. For the past 15 years, Tony Vanetik has managed Vanetik & Associates with an emphasis on the capitalization of natural resources. Vanetik & Associates has invested in oil and gas projects in Central Asia, in addition to mining ventures, real estate developments, clean technology, and Internet start-ups.