I was born in 1946 in Sumartin on the island of Brač, where I finished the first four grades of elementary school. From the 5th to the 8th grade, I attended elementary school in Selca, and I lived with my grandmother Jožepina Ursić while my grandfather Klement was in the USA, so my childhood and schooling are connected to Selca. I graduated from the technical school of mechanical engineering in Split, and the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering in Rijeka in 1971. In Rijeka, I got a job at the motor equipment factory ``Rikard Benčić``, which produced fuel injection pumps for diesel engines. At the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering in Rijeka, I also obtained a master's degree in the field of regulation of the speed of rotation of diesel engines.
Married to the late Ljubica Štambuk, born Mičetić, we had four children: Ana, Viktor, Marko and Josip. Every summer we come to Brač: to Sumartin, to my parents' house and to Selca, to the house of my grandma and grandpa. My school-age grandchildren look forward to coming to Selca all year long, where they spend the Christmas and Easter holidays in addition to the summer. In the 1980s, while still in high school, my daughter Ana and niece Margita researched genealogy with the help of Don Stanko Jerčić and the late Vjerko Štambuk. My grandfather, Ante Štambuk (master Tone), born in Selca, was an excellent stonemason and organizer of work in the quarry. He was the first to open a quarry in the cadastral municipality of Sumartin in ``Planik``, and with his assistants he made and carved the stone from which the church in Sumartin was built. The quality of work is still visible today after more than 100 years. Between the two world wars, he employed up to 30 workers from Selca. Work in the quarry was continued by my father, Petar Štambuk, who performed fine stone works until 1960. My ancestors were excellent stone masons from Selca, which fills me with pride for them.
From 1988, I was employed at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce-Rijeka County Chamber, until my retirement in 2011. I was vice-president of the Croatian Democratic Christian Party. In the County Assembly of the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, I was elected as a County Councilor for three mandate periods, and I was also elected as a member or chairman of the County Committees for four mandate periods. In 2001, I passed the bankruptcy administrator's exam at the Ministry of Justice, and since then I have performed the duties of bankruptcy administrator in several companies, as well as the duty of commissioner for companies in pre-bankruptcy settlement procedures, trying to help them not to end up in bankruptcy. Even today, I am a bankruptcy administrator on the list of the Ministry of Justice, in order to complete all court cases that accompany bankruptcy proceedings. Through my work at ``Rikard Benčić`` and HGK, I was connected with innovators and their associations from the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, trying to help them realize their innovations primarily in Croatia.