Vesna N. Rafaty
President & CEO
A naturalized US citizen who in 1970 immigrated to America with her parents and sister from former Yugoslavia, Vesna is no stranger to managing change and overcoming obstacles to pursue dreams in the Land of Opportunity that is America. While her parents worked as laborers in the textile industry and steel industry of Cleveland, Ohio, Vesna learned English and after high school studied chemical engineering at Case Western Reserve University. Texaco recruited her and brought her to Texas in 1981. Love brought her to Dallas in 1983. As a municipal government employee, Vesna managed Registered Sanitarians who inspected and permitted food establishments in the City of Dallas. She saw firsthand how ordinances are enforced for the public good. Later, as a manufacturing manager at Johnson & Johnson in Sherman, Texas, Vesna experienced the satisfaction of the hum of machines making high quality products and the unique demands of operations in a highly regulated environment. When J&J offshored several manufacturing locations, she reluctantly left J&J and turned to a newfound passion, the study of law. “No study engaged me with society as did my study of law,” she would often say of her law school experience. As an intellectual property attorney, she advises small businesses and start-ups in intellectual property matters. Vesna also has experience advising talent, content owners and producers in the arts & entertainment sector, including film, music, literature and visual arts and is a frequenter of art and film trade shows and festivals around the world.
It is her sons Ryan and Dylan who stirred in her the desire to help change the world for the better. Vesna is now applying her diverse knowledge, experience, passion and tireless energy to help bridge employers, service providers, schools, government and other partners to the DylanListed® Community.