Havel committee member named honorary Czech consul

Image Stanislav Jansta; Indira Gumarova, wife of Ambassador Hynek Kmoníček; and Ambassador Kmoníček

Stanislav Jansta, a member of the steering committee for the Vaclav Havel Program for Human Rights and Diplomacy, has been named Honorary Consul of the Czech Republic in South Florida.

Jansta’s new position could usher in new opportunities for the Green School and FIU. Jansta, an accounting instructor in the College of Business, said he hopes to enrich the university by fostering academic and student connections. He also wants to promote art exhibitions and exchanges between South Florida and the Czech Republic.

"I’m a business person, and I run a thousand miles each day,” he said. “The art side slows you down to look, and enjoy. I love art exhibitions. It’s something we don’t spend enough time on.”

Hynek Kmonicek, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the U.S., inducted Jansta into the office on May 11. Jansta’s position covers the southeast and southwest areas of the state. In this newly-opened office, Jansta becomes the 24th Honorary Consulate of the Czech Republic in the U.S.

Jansta will serve as a resource for Czechs in South Florida who run into problems, such as lost passports. The role is diplomatic as well, he said, and involves establishing cultural exchanges across business, the arts and sciences.

“It’s like an extended hand from the embassy,” he said. “The main reason was to give back to people in business in the Czech Republic who need an introduction to the United States,” he said.

Jansta grew up in the Czech Republic and emigrated to the States 13 years ago, earning an accounting degree at Walsh College in Troy, Mich. He then came to FIU for his Executive Master of Science in Taxation, graduating in 2008.

While working as an auditor for an international CPA firm in Miami, Jansta also recruited for the university and was soon tapped to teach accounting courses. Now married with a young daughter, Jansta is also managing director at Soleil Partners, an accounting, consulting and recruiting firm in Boca Raton.

South Floridians may not realize it, but there is a substantial number of Slovakians, Moravians and Bohemians living in the region. Many are members of the American Czech-Slovak Cultural Club in North Miami, founded in 1949, of which Jansta is a board member. It is where he first found friends and contacts from the old country, and he hopes to provide the same sense of home to today’s young immigrants and visitors.


Stanislav Jansta and Ambassador Hynek Kmoníček