(born October 27, 1949)
Nimrod Kovacs is a retired international business guy. Born in Budapest Hungary, Nimrod Kovacs made his way to the U.S in his early 20′s. After working his way through school as a waiter, Nimrod ultimately earned an MBA in International Business from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. Nimrod then began a 35-year long career in arena’s including advertising, cable television, and telecommunications. He has worked in many locations around the world, and now spends the vast majority of his time in Budapest, Hungary. Nimrod is a peaceful man who enjoys philantrophy, nature, and a good glass of wine.
EARLY LIFE AND EDUCATION
Nimrod Kovacs after finishing high school and waiter school, escaped from his native Hungary via swimming from the current day Slovenia to Italy. After spending months in various refugee camps in Italy, he arrived in the USA in 1972. He started his new life as a dishwasher at a hotel moving onto becoming a waiter. After learning enough English, enrolled in college(University of Colorado) from where he graduated with a BS degree in 1976. After this, he moved to The Thunderbird School of Global Management in Phoenix, Arizona from where he received a Masters degree. He also spent a summer in 1987 at Stanford University, focusing on organization management.
From Phoenix, Arizona he moved to New York to join Doyle Dane Bernbach advertising agency, where he worked on the American Airlines and Hershey Foods account. Nimrod then joined Grey Advertising where he worked on the General Foods business, followed by a stint at Wells Rich and Greene where he worked on the Ralston, Alka Selzer and the New York State businesses.
In 1982, Nimrod moved to Colorado to become the Marketing director for United Cable Television Corporation from where he was quickly promoted to head the Marketing and Programming function. During this time, he had the opportunity to help develop several TV channels including The Discovery channel, E entertainment and QVC. Upon the sale of United to Tele-Communications Inc., Nimrod became a partner with the Schneiders in United International Holdings Inc. (UIH) and together focused on cable TV Greenfield investments, mostly in Europe. One of these investments was a joint venture between UIH, Time Warner and US West, called Kabelkom, which developed modern cable systems in Hungary while introducing HBO and Spektrum TV. Nimrod then was actively involved in the formation of another joint venture with Phillips called UPC. This company’s Central and Eastren European Arm under Nimrod’s leadership became the largest Cable Tv operation in the region with 3 million customers encompassing Poland, the Check Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia and Romania.
Aside from his corporate responsibilities Nimrod has been a founding Board member of CTAM (Cable and Telecommunications Association for Marketing) which he also brought to Europe. In 2009 Nimrod retired from the corporate world focusing on his long time passion, wines and now managing his winery in Eger, Hungary.
Nimrod Kovacs aside from wines and food, enjoys collecting art including 19th century Hungarian paintings and 20th century international and Hungarian art effects. He likes to stay active and is also involved in a number of charities and spiritual groups including the World Servers Foundation. In 2005 he became a Knight of Hungary. Nimrod has 3 children:Tash, Briana and Hunter.