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Ing. Ján Jurica

/ Director General from 6th August 2009 /

Ing. Ján Jurica Ing. Ján Jurica holds the position of Director General of the Military Forests and Estates, SOE (MFE SR) from 6th August 2009.

He manages the company and leads its employees for almost seven years. His management style is very up to date. He supports innovative technologies and healthy environment, saves energy, and popularizes the company using the latest trends, such as the social media, high quality website and high standard company magazine. Numerous certificates and awards for the company show how refined his management style has become: Sustainable Forest Management certificate, Reliable Partner in Public Procurement certificate, Solvent Company certificate.

Employment history of the current Director General:

  • 1997/09/17 – ranger at Forest Management Podolínec
  • 2001/04/01 – forester at Forest Management Spišská Belá
  • 2002/04/01 – technical operative, Head of Department of Forest Production branch office Kežmarok
  • 2004/09/06 – director of branch office Kežmarok
  • 2007/02/01 – Head of IT Department of the SOE
  • 2009/03/01 – director of branch office Kežmarok
  • 2009/08/06 – Director General and director of branch office Kežmarok (until 30th June 2014)

Ing. Štefan Drozd

/ SOE Director from 1st September 2004 to 30th April 2005; from 1st May 2005 to 6th August 2009 Director General /

Ing. Štefan Drozd Ing. Štefan Drozd held the position of SOE Director from 1st September 2004 to 30th April 2005; from 1st May 2005 to 6th August 2009 he served as Director General. 

Ing. Drozd introduced major organization changes. On 1st July 2004 a new organization unit Branch office Pliešovce was created by joining all managing companies. There were investments into reconstructions and maintenance of buildings, roads and machine pools. The funds for necessary works and purchases were raised by selling surplus state property. The sales were approved by founder of MFE, that is, the Ministry of Defence of the Slovak Republic. Services for commercial hunters offered by the corporation grew even better. A new unified information system was implemented and deployed in all organization units. More than considerable sums were invested in order to create suitable conditions for field employees. Modern electronic procedures were implemented to register the amount of wood and map materials. The staff were equipped with vehicles, and they were allowed to use them for business and for private purposes. Vehicles were purchased on HP (hire-purchase); subsequently, the employees were offered to buy the vehicles off.

Ing. Drozd changed the demarcations of individual military districts, and subsequently sold the corporate flats to employees of MFE transferring it into their private ownership. Organization structure was changed once again on 1st July 2007. The Branch Office Pliešovce was transformed to Forest Management with the seat in Vidov Vrch managing also the agricultural production. By then, the organization structure was as follows: Branch Offices Malacky, Kežmarok with the seat in Podolínec, Kamenica nad Cirochou and Forest Management Pliešovce with the seat in Vidov Vrch.

Lt. Col. Ing. Vladimír Brodniansky

/ SOE Director from 1st February 1998 to 31st January 2004 /

Lt. Col. Ing. Vladimír Brodniansky Lt. Col. Ing. Vladimír Brodniansky held the position of Director General from 1st February 1998 to 31st January 2004.

His executive period was marked by significant organization changes in the corporation. He continued the trends set by col. Ing. Ulianko.

Restitution claims of individual villages, such as Pliešovce, Sása, Horný and Dolný Tisovník, Stará Huta were answered gradually. Therefore there was a need to modify the organization structure. Due to decrease in the amount of forest and agricultural land managed, the management companies went out of business; such as Agricultural Management Company in Pliešovce and Agricultural Management Company in Celina. Construction Management Company and Logistic and Mechanization Management Company were joined and transformed to Service Management. Cultivation Management Company was transferred under the management of Forest Management Company Vidov Vrch. Services offered to commercial hunters grew gradually better; the funds were allocated to improve the existing recreational hunting facilities in Podjavorie and Kamenný Vrch.

At the end of lt. col. Ing. Brodniansky executive period, the organization structure was as follows: Branch Offices in Malacky, Kežmarok, Kamenica nad Cirochou; the Directorate directly managed Forest Managements of Vidov Vrch, Kamenný Vrch, Sklené, and Service Management Lešť with the seat in Vidovom Vrch.

Col. Ing. Jozef Ulianko

/ SOE Director from 1st April 1989 to 31st December 1992, from 1st January 1993 to 31st January 1998 the first SOE Director of Military Forests and Estates of the Slovak Republic Pliešovce /

Col. Ing. Jozef Ulianko Col. Ing. Jozef Ulianko held the position of Director General from 1st April 1987 to 31st December 1992. On 1st January 1993, he became the very first Director General of Military Forests and Estates of the Slovak Republic, a state-owned enterprise, Pliešovce, which he actually brought to life. He held this position to 31st January 1998.

During his executive period, he put to use a corporate kindergarten for sixty pre-school children in 1987; in 1988 he put to use a youth camp for 100 children.

In the late 80s of the 20th cent., the company was one of the best in the Middle –Slovakia region. They produced 55m3 of paper pulp per year and 5.3k m3 of lumber; agricultural products worth more than 23 mil. Czechoslovak crowns (Kčs); 420 tons of carcase meat; 3.2 mil. litres of milk; 6.3 tons of sheep wool and 20.3 tons sheep cheese, and 520 tons of crops. In addition, the company carried out landscaping works worth more than 4.3 mil. Kčs per year. They employed 970 employees full-time and 90 employees as season-workers. They were a very significant employer in the region at that time. All those numbers manifested economic efficiency and prosperity of the company, and signified bright and exciting future.

In 1989, there were historical and social changes in Czechoslovakia, known as “Velvet Revolution”. Those changes had quite inevitably been reflected also by Military Forests and Estates of the Slovak Republic, SOE. MFE underwent a rapid development: on the 1st July 1989 the company changed into “Military Forest and Estates – corporation, a state-owned enterprise, Praha; in 1991 it had been changed to “Military Forest and Estates Praha” and after the splitting of Czechoslovakia into the two independent republics of Slovakia and Czech Republic in 1993, the company was transformed into “Military Forests and Estates of Czech Republic Praha, a state-owned enterprise”, and “Military Forests and Estates of the Slovak Republic“, a state-owned enterprise”. Both companies were categorized as successive national organizations founded by the Ministry of Defence of each independent republic.

Military Forests and Estates of the Slovak Republic, SOE, was founded after the splitting of Czechoslovakia in 1993. It was established by a Certificate of Incorporation on 30th December 1992. The Certificate was signed by MO col. Gerinec, a plenipotentiary of the Government of the Slovak Republic. Much credit for the foundation of the company goes to col. Ing. Jozef Ulianko, a contemporary Director General in Pliešovce. MFE of SR exists with only a few minor organization changes up to day, and that is mainly due to his excellent work and the work of his closest colleagues. The company was established in order to fulfil the needs of efficient and ecological forest and agricultural management in military training area (MTA) of the Army of the Slovak Republic. The company used to manage 72 800 ha of forest land and produced approximately 300 000 m3 of lumber. In the time of its foundation, the corporation consisted of three branch offices in Malacky, Kežmarok and Kamenica nad Cirochou. The Directorate directly managed three of its agricultural management companies, three forest management companies, a construction management company and a logistic company.

Col. Ing. Jozef Švec, CSc.

/ SOE Director from 1st January 1971 to 31st March 1987 /

Col. Ing. Jozef Švec, CSc. Lt. Col. Ing. Jozef Švec was appointed Director General on 1st January 1971. Prior to that, he held the position of a Managing Director for Construction and Planning in a MFE Banch Office Kamenica nad Cirochou. He served as Director General until his retirement on 31st March 1987.

He introduced a new organization structure and founded an independent Sawmill Centre in Lopaty. Originally, the centre used to be a part of Forest Management Pliešovce. The three Agricultural Management Companies of Riečky, Lažťoky and Vidov Vrch were joined to create Agricultural Management Lešť with a seat at Vidov Vrch. From 1st January 1976 the Forest Management Sklené started to manage also several forest areas of Malá Fatra. In the same period, the company overtook agricultural areas in the cadastre of Horný and Dolný Tisovník and Stará Huta, formerly belonging to a private sector. They used that area to form Agricultural Management Celina. 

On 1st January 1977, the Directorate overtook the control of joint farming company (JFC) Pliešovce and transferred it to Agricultural Management Pliešovce. In the period of the 70s and 80s, the majority of Directorate investments were allocated to agriculture; the agricultural industry was in bloom.

Lt. Col. Jozef Naništa

/ SOE Director from 1st January 1959 to 3rd December 1970 /

Lt. Col. Jozef Naništa Lt. Col. Jozef Naništa was appointed a Director General in Pliešovce on 1st January 1959. He served at this position until 31st December 1970.

He managed to build up and put to use the following: Construction Management Company Pliešovce, and Forest Management Company Pliešovce. Moreover, he continued development of farms at Kamenný Vrch (1966), Vidov Vrch and its housing units (1967), and Podjavorie (1965). The company´s intensive focus was on development of agriculture, in particular on re-cultivation and remediation. Newly established company Remediation Management MFE Pliešovce sought to carry out all re-cultivation and remediation works in military training area (MTA) Lešť. The former seat of the Remediation Management was in Slávia, the later they moved to Vidov Vrch. Intensive re-cultivation continued up to 1968.

Re-cultivation of MTA Lešť was stopped by the coming of the Soviet Union united army and their intensive military activities. The mission of FMC Lešť and its future as such had to be reconsidered. Due to this situation, the management of Lešť founded a Plant Nursery Centre in 1970. The Centre was intended to improve working and living environment in individual MFE companies. Later on, the Directorate decided to join Re-cultivation Management and the Centre into a new department of Cultivation and Remediation Management Pliešovce with a seat in Malá Zábava.

Capt. Ing. Ernest Pápay

/ SOE Director from 1st September 1956 to 31st December 1958 /

Capt. Ing. Ernest Pápay Capt. Ing. Ernest Pápay was appointed corporate director on 1st September 1956. Prior to that, he worked for the company at the position of the Managing Director for Construction and Planning.

During his executive period, he ordered to start construction works of the office building of MFE corporate headquarters (CH) and three block of flats. The buildings were put to use late in 1957 (and are in use up to these days).

On 24th June 1957, there was a huge wind calamity in the forests. It damaged 110 000 m3 total; Lešť Forest Management Company lost as much as 82% of forest cover. Calamity disposal works were only finished late in 1959. Other MFE branch offices were of great help at that time.

In that period, the Directorate General organization structure included such forest management companies as Pliešovce, Lešť and Sklené, agricultural management companies Riečky and Lažteky, construction management company Pliešovce, DMS Pliešovce comprising 86 technical and economy employees including 39 members of headquarters staff. The MFE Directorate created division of Forest Production, Agricultural Production, Planning, Economy and Standardization, Marketing and Supply, Payroll Office and Back Office.

There was a change in management on 31st December 1958; director general and division directors were removed from their offices. Capt. Ing. Ernest Pápay, former director general, was appointed a Managing Director of the MFE Branch Office Malacky.

Capt. Miloslav Balažic

/ SOE Director from 1st July 1952 – he died in a train crash on 8th August 1956 /

Capt. Miloslav Balažic The first director of Directorate General. The Directorate was founded on 1st July 1952, after splitting from headquarters in Malacky.

Under his management, the company was transformed from a forest management company to corporate headquarters with decent organization structure. On 31st December 1955, the number of employees was approx. 580, including 64 members of technical and administrative staff. The company had no housing or production facilities. Means of mechanization allocated to the company from sister companies of MFE were considerably worn and would frequently break down. Their reparation must have been provided in private car repair shops.

Despite those difficulties, in 1953, the company succeeded to fulfil all tasks as planned. As a result of taking over new land units, the land had to be categorized into individual categories. With the help of members of Institute of Forest Management MFE - Stavotax Praha, they started the categorization late in 1955. As the company had no housing facilities, construction works of eight block of flats had begun in 1954. The flats were finished and put to use in March 1955.

Capt. Miloslav Balažic died while on a business trip, in a tragic train crash on 8th August 1956.

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/ Alexander Graham Bell /


The state-owned enterprise (SOE) with the seat in Pliešovce was founded after the splitting of Czechoslovakia in 1993. The company was established to saturate the needs for the effective and ecological forest and farmland management on the military training areas of Slovakia. The company manages the area of 65 431 ha of forest land with an annual timber extraction of about 300,000 m3. State-owned enterprise (SOE) consists of Directorate General and three branch offices based in Malacky, Kezmarok and Kamenica nad Cirochou.

G.D. Pliešovce
Lesnícka 23, 962 63 Pliešovce

Tel.: +421 45 5306 101
Fax: +421 45 5306 102

B.O. Malacky
Zámocká 7, 901 01 Malacky

Tel.: +421 34 7954 202
Fax: +421 34 7954 205

B.O. Kežmarok
Gen. Štefánika 26, 065 03 Podolínec

Tel.: +421 52 4663 601
Fax: +421 52 4663 612

B.O. Kamenica nad Cirochou
Osloboditeľov 131, 067 83 Kamenica nad Cirochou

Tel.: +421 57 7590 501
Fax: +421 57 7590 500

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