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CONNOR VLAKANCIC

 

Connor Vlakancic, 20 years of US Federal political experience in Capital Hill, Washington, DC advocating pragmatic legislative initiatives as US Representative candidate from California and also as international electioneering Representative from Illinois 18th Congressional District in the Special Election September 10, 2015.

Connor Vlakancic was born in Aurora, Kane County. He lived in Batavia here is now the US Department of Energy, Fermilab particle physics laboratory. He was raised in Hinckley, DeKalb County which is adjacent to Lee County where President Ronald Reagan was raised. He has visited Ronald Reagan’s boyhood home in Dixon multiple times.

  • EARLY LIFE – ILLINOIS CHILDHOOD AND YOUTH – AURORA AND DEKALB COUNTY
  • ADULT DEVELOPMENT – Professional education and move to California
  • EARLY SILICON VALLEY, CA CAREER US PATENTS AND ENTREPRENEUR COMPANY STARTUPS
  • POLITICAL EMERGENCE – FIRST-EVER REFORM PARTY (ROSS PEROT) CANDIDATE
  • POLITICAL ENTREPRENEUR – AUTHOR OF ORIGINAL (COPYRIGHTED) CONTRACT WITH AMERICA
  • POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS CALIFORNIA – US REPRESENTATIVE AND US SENATOR
  • CROATIAN HERITAGE – DISCOVER HIS GRANDFATHER’S HOMELAND

Biography

 

Connor VlaKancic was born and raised in Aurora and rural DeKalb County, Illinois, close to the birthplace of California Governor and U.S. President Ronald Reagan, and raised in a pragmatic traditionalist farming family environment where conscientious behavior and productive work were encouraged, expected, and respected.

 

His paternal Grandfather was of Croatian heritage from the Dalmatian Coast in the north Adriatic Sea during the end of Austro-Hungarian rule and immigrated to America in 1917. His maternal grandfather was of German heritage and immigrated to America in 1916. Raised as a typical American boy, he was not introduced to his European heritage in his youth. As an adult, his enthusiasm for learning his Croatian family culture has become an important part of his personal and business life. He promotes family unity values and encourages everyone to learn and experience their own heritage to foster and develop their personal erudite confidence.

Connor VlaKancic’s early Silicon Valley technology career includes semiconductor, computer, and communications networks products and systems. He frequently traveled to worldwide business sites in Asia and Europe countries.
During the 1980s, he was an early entrepreneur in the personal computer systems revolution. He has published technology articles in several computer magazines and was often featured as a lecturer at Internet expositions. His visionary communications competencies include 3 U.S. and foreign technology patents.
When ARPANET gave rise to the Internet in 1990 he became an open-standards computer network executive where he organized business relationships with multiple Silicon Valley companies for the Fortune 1,000,000 companies.
During the mid-1990s, he founded a family reunion, live video conference service to provide “Familia Visitas” between California and Mexico diaspora communities.
As the millennium changed, he was a business consultant and due-diligence investigator for international venture capital investors headquartered in Silicon Valley and a business development manager at name-brand companies where his communications business development expertise was focused in client/server software API solutions.
Following the implosion of the Silicon Valley-centric “Internet bubble” at the start of 2000, he altered his business direction. Based on his international business acumen and family heritage, he launched a company to import a variety of food and alcoholic beverages from the Adriatic Sea region of Croatia (his grandfather’s homeland). The company distributes Croatian and Bosnia products in the multiple U.S. States including a recent TTB Illinois Importer License.
Due to the impact on international shipping following September 11, 2001, he became very involved with U.S. Federal FDA food traffic issues within U.S. adult beverage industry trade advocates. This experience expanded his personal motivation to U.S. Federal government political reform and California legislation. He has authored multiple California Constitutional amendments with expert-witness testimony to California Assembly committees.
Appointed by U.S. Ambassador William Montgomery in 2000, he serves as an International Elections Observer (U.S. State Dept. Representative to OSCE/odihr) to the new democracies emerging from the collapse of Yugoslavia and has presented Balkan [states] expert-witness confidential testimony to U.S. State Department investigations.
He is a past Trustee in The Committee for Economic Development www.ced.org national policy think tank in Arlington, VA, and past Member and DPI/NGO collaborator at Judicial Watch in Washington, DC
He was a U.S. Federal appointee candidate; Commissioner of Election Assistance Commissioner, HAVA Act (2009)
He has been a political candidate: U.S. Representative, 15th and 17th Congressional District in California and U.S. Senator from California and U.S. Representative, 11th Congressional District (his hometown of) Aurora, Illinois.
His education includes undergraduate and graduates studies in Illinois and California universities and U.S. Congressional engagement training in California and Washington, D.C.
He is a professionally trained chef and General Aviation – instrument-rated – private pilot with over 5,000 hours of PIC.

Education

  • Leadership Institute, Comprehensive fundraising training for non-profit NGOs, Arlington, VA (2014)
  • TheCapitol.Net, Capitol Hill Congressional Advocacy and Lobbying, Alexandra, VA (2013)
  • Sunlight Foundation, Open Government workshop Hackathon, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA (2012)
  • Leadership Institute, Conservative college campus Advocacy Training, Arlington, VA (2009)
  • TheCapitol.Net, Capitol Hill Congressional Operations Workshop, Alexandra, VA (2008)
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Training and Continuing Education, Silver Spring, MD (2001)
  • U.S. State Department, International Election Observer Workshop, Washington, D.C. (2000)
  • Leadership Institute, Conservative political campaign management, Arlington, VA (1999)
  • Sun University, Enterprise and Service Provider Software Workshops, Palo Alto, CA (1999)
  • Computer Master, Microsoft Professional Series, Business Software Clinic, Redmond, WA (1996)
  • Yale University, (Tufte extension), Visual Display of Quantitative Information Clinic, Palo Alto (1994)
  • Stanford University, Executive Business Development, Certificated Program, Palo Alto (1993)
  • Network+Interop, Ethernet, TokenRing and IP Networks Clinics, Palo Alto, CA (1991)
  • Apple University, Graphic Software Applications Workshops, Cupertino, CA (1988)
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Aircraft Pilot License, Oakland International Airport, CA (1986)
  • DeAnza College, Fortran, and Assembly Language, Advanced programming, Cupertino, CA (1985)
  • Foothill College, Business Management and Marketing Program(s) Certificate, Los Altos, CA (1974)
  • DeVry University, Engineering Science Degree in Electronic Systems, Chicago, IL (1965)

 Abraham Lincoln’s 1864 National Union party for 2022 election Connor VlaKancic

– U.S. Senator from Illinois candidate – November 2022 elect@votermag.net