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Talk show with John Nash

2019-10-30 18:00:00
Company: JŠK, advokátní kancelář, s.r.o.
Address: Malá Štupartská 6, Praha 1​

Jan Antonín Baťa: Let's build a state for 40 million people


A unique talk show with John Nash, the grandson of J. A. Baťa and custodian of his archive, about the past but also the future

Did you know that:

  • By 1936, Baťa was recognised as the number one brand in the world for shoes and seventh for all other products it produced
  • Tomáš Baťa was going to run for president to succeed T. G. Masaryk (were it not for his tragic death)
  • Jan Baťa's organisation was preparing for the active defence of Czechoslovakia before the 1938 Munich betrayal
  • Jan Baťa's administration helped more than 1,000 Jewish employees emigrate from Czechoslovakia before the Holocaust, resettling them all over the world
  • Jan Baťa moved a mountain to create the town of Batov (now Otrokovice), which today has a population of more than 19,000
  • Jan Baťa financed and completed the Baťa canal connecting the Czech Republic with Slovakia more than 50 km in length with 13 or more locks
  • Baťa built agricultural cities in the jungle
  • Baťa relocated more than 150,000 European war refugees to Brazil after the Second World War

Among other questions, John will be asked:

  • How did his grandfather join the Baťa organisation in the first place
  • What were the terms under which Tomáš transferred the business to his half-brother Jan Antonín?
  • Why did Tomáš sell the business to his half-brother rather than leave it to his son?
  • Tomáš was the mayor of Zlín for many years. Did Jan Antonín also get involved in politics?
  • Why did Jan Antonín appear on the Allies' blacklist during the war? And how did he fight the collaboration allegations after the war?
  • What's the story behind the propaganda campaign against Jan Baťa during the war? Who was behind it?
  • What made the Baťa organisation so successful? What advice would Jan Antonín Baťa have for contemporary businesspeople?
  • After the tragic accident of Tomáš Baťa, what was Jan's attitude to flying? And aircraft manufacturing?
  • What would Jan Antonín probably advise as the key steps to a successful succession in their businesses?
  • Questions from the audience will be most welcome, too


↓ Watch the youtube video, where Roman Kramařík met John↓


Date: Wednesday, 30 October 2019


18:00 - 19:00 Welcome drinks and networking

19:00 - 20:30 Talk show with John Nash, the grandson of J. A. Baťa and the custodian of his archive

20:30 - 21:30 Free discussion, networking 

Moderator: Roman Kramařík

Place:   Minorite Monastery of St. James (Klášter minoritů Sv. Jakuba), 
Malá Štupartská 6, Praha 1

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