Posted 12 months ago
By John Axtell
Chadron State College has a direct connection to the Sochi Olympics: 2010 MBA graduate Borislav Belenov, who worked for the Russian Olympic Committee in 2010 and 2011.
After a series of interviews with the ROC, Belenov was offered a position at ROC headquarters in Moscow in September 2010 as a protocol officer in the International Department. He coordinated projects, designed the ROC’s development strategy and facilitated communication between team members.
Belenov developed analytical reports in Russian and English, coordinated a number of ROC delegation trips to other countries for planning assemblies and events, and organized the negotiations process between the ROC, continental associations and foreign National Olympic Committees.
He was also responsible for organizing the General Assembly of the European Olympic Committees in Sochi in 2011, and for coordinating relations with the International Olympic Committee and Russian Government regarding sport and youth issues.
In 2012, he joined a state-owned company, Northern Caucasus Resorts, which is responsible for a cluster of tourist resorts in Northern Caucasus
Employed as a protocol officer, he arranges meeting for his company and Russian government leaders with the prime ministers and ministers of trade and economy from other countries such as France, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates.
Belenov learned about Chadron State while a student at North Dakota’s Dickinson State University, applying as a graduate student in business at CSC after receiving his bachelor’s degree in 2008.
A CSC delegation visited Voronezh State University in Belenov’s home city that summer and he says he”got some important information from them about the school and the way graduate studies are performed in the U.S.”
Once accepted, enrolled and living in Chadron, he worked as a graduate assistant for the Business Academy his first year and had an internship at Chadron City Hall the second year.
Belenov credits several CSC faculty members with helping him become more professional, calling Drs. August Bruehlman, Timothy Donahue, Jamie Waldo and Gary White his “real mentors.”
“Classes they taught made a great impact on me and helped me to become more familiar with the way business is run in the United States.”
Belenov’s highest-profile project at CSC was as executive director of the “Ladies Night Out,” a fundraiser for the CSC Family and Consumer Services department.
Department head Dr Yvonne Moody says Belenov’s attention to detail and inspirational vision was professional as he coordinated all logistics including stage design, music, lighting and filming.