Former U.S. Ambassador to Croatia, W. Robert Kohorst

W. Robert (“Bob”) Kohorst served from 2018 to 2021 as the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Croatia. Serving as the Chief of Mission at Embassy Zagreb, Ambassador Kohorst was responsible for representing the interests of the United States throughout Croatia. At the conclusion of his term, the President of Croatia, with the concurrence of the Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, presented Ambassador Kohorst with the Order of Duke Branimir medal for excellence in promoting international relations.

Prior to his service in Croatia, Bob was the founder and CEO of Everest Properties, based in Pasadena, California, and currently is an advisor to the company. Everest is a large commercial enterprise that purchases and operates multifamily, self-storage, and retail properties throughout the United States, with property values in excess of $500 million. Bob is the Chief Executive Officer and principal of two businesses, Tiger Shark Golf, Inc., and Masquerade International, Inc. In 1991, Bob co- founded KH Financial, Inc. (the predecessor to Everest), which engaged in the acquisition of general partner interests, real estate companies and related assets.

Bob holds a B.S. in accounting from the University of Dayton (Summa cum Laude) and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School (Order of the Coif). Following law school, he was a law clerk for Judge Albert Engel, U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Bob Has been recognized for his contributions to public service organizations and education as Director and past Chairman of the Young Presidents’ Organization (San Gabriel Valley Chapter), Regent of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California, Trustee of La Salle Hish School in Pasadena, California and Director and past President of the San Gabriel Valley Council, Boy Scouts of America. Bob was recently honored by the University of Dayton as the Distinguished Alumni of the Year.