So Woodside’s always ebullient Richard Pivnicka is the handsome one on the right. He’s a technology entrepreneur and the founder of Czechtech www.czechtech.net which is an organization charged with forging ever stronger ties between The Czech Republic and Silicon Valley. Richard is also the Czech Republic Honorary Consul General of San Francisco. The Czech’s have a long history of technological and cultural prowess and Richard has been instrumental in introducing both Czech and other European business and political leaders to the West. On the far left is his wife Barbara who is the Chief Marketing Officer atTier Technologies and was named as Honorary Cousul for the Slovak Republic in June in Washington.

Next to Barbara is Robert Trent Jones the preeminent golf course designer and next to him sits Ambassador Lazar Comanescu of Romania, Ambassador to NATO. Across from him is Ambassador Matjaz Sinkovec of Slovenia, Ambassador to NATO. And finally, Judith Windsor, UN Administrator, from Brussels.

Sometimes the Pivnick’s bring in people who are cool but aren’t actually ambassadors, such as Barbara’s parents. They laugh at my jokes so they always get a good table.