Tell us about your career at Rutronik24
I came to Rutronik24 looking for a change of careers in December 2012 and became the first field sales representative for this sales channel. At first, it was a big challenge to get my head around the vast numbers of electronic components and their applications. Now, it’s very much part and parcel of my everyday life. I work as a field sales representative at Rutronik24 and look after Rutronik24 customers in the Pforzheim and Karlsruhe area.
What do you most enjoy about your job?
The thing I enjoy most is the contact with people. The meetings and conversations I have with my customers, colleagues, and business partners are multifaceted, interesting, and never boring. If we achieve measurable success on top of that, then I’m more than satisfied.
“If I won a million euros on the lotto, I would …”
... go on holiday, first of all, so that I could work out what to do with the rest of it in peace. But I would definitely make two major donations to institutions in Karlsruhe: the cultural center TOLLHAUS e.V. and a welfare and social unit for dementia sufferers that is operated by the Protestant Church.
When you approach a difficult task, what helps you think?
When I’m facing difficult and complex tasks, I like to go on long walks. The best ideas or solutions come to me while I’m “out and about”.
Where do you prefer to go on vacation and why?
Holland, and specifically the Zeeland province on the North Sea coast. It’s my dream vacation destination. The Dutch are fun-loving people, and I particularly enjoy the coastal landscape, with its lush pastures and dunes, the kilometers of fine sandy beaches, and the open architecture of the houses. I’m going on vacation there again this year.
Do you – or did you ever – have a nickname?
Oh yeah, I had one when I was a kid. I was a bit of a portly teenager, so they called me “Kugel” (ball). Thankfully I’m a much slimmer adult.
What temptation are you unable to resist?
On a side street in central Karlsruhe, there’s a place called Café Lasch that has been there since 1920 and is the city’s oldest cafe. It’s a family-run cake shop and bakery, and everything they sell is hand-crafted with love. My favorite is the croissant filled with light vanilla cream. A dream. Irresistible!
What couldn’t you do without and why?
That’s an easy one – music! Music is essential! I enjoy listening to blues, rock, and reggae, as well as some world music, and I’ve got a big collection of CDs and vinyls. Besides a good hi-fi system, the “essential equipment” also includes a record player. That’s not to mention concerts – I especially enjoy live performances.
What used to be your dream job?
A pilot. I got pretty close too, but sadly I didn’t pass the test on the last day of the selection procedure at Lufthansa. Instead, these days I get my flying kicks by piloting remote-controlled model aircraft. From the double-decker to model gliders and electric jets capable of speeds of over 200 km/h, I fly everything that’s on the market nowadays. It’s a great hobby!