Reportage from Alumni Wednesday: EMCO – The Story of a Czech Family Business

On September 20, 2023, the VŠE Alumni Center in collaboration with the Faculty of Business Administration and the Faculty of International Relations, launched a series of Alumni Wednesdays for the winter semester 2023/24. The lecture on the topic “Emco – The Story of a Czech Family Business” was presented by Martin and Zdeněk Jahoda, father and son, both alumni of VŠE.

The event was opened by Prof. Ing. Jiří Hnilica, Ph.D., Dean of the Faculty of Business Administration. It was followed by an inspiring presentation by Zdeněk Jahoda, who outlined the beginnings of the Czech family business Emco in the 1990s. During his presentation, he explained the company’s transformation from its early days as an importer of goods to its current position as a leader in the Czech market.

The next part of the lecture was on the topic of passing on a successful business to the next generation. Martin Jahoda introduced the current situation and the future direction Emco would like to pursue.

After the lecture, there was a discussion where the speakers answered questions from the audience. After the official program, participants moved to a reception, where they could personally meet with the speakers and connect with other alumni.

The recording of this entire event is available for watching on YouTube.

We look forward to the next meeting.