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Who is actually... Björn Markgraf?

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He is a field sales representative on a secret mission: Björn Markgraf has been part of the Rutronik24 family for two and a half years and looks after customers throughout Lower Saxony. For him, the relationship with the customer is like a partnership – there is respect and appreciation, but certainly also differences of opinion every now and again. In his view, however, one thing ultimately counts: satisfied customers. He does all he can to make sure that this is the case. In addition, Markgraf has a big heart and would spend a lottery win on supporting childhood cancer research.

1.      Tell us about your career at Rutronik/Rutronik24?

I am reasonably “young” at Rutronik24 and undertake a wide range of missions in sales region (8)007 (Lower Saxony). Joking aside, I am a typical career changer who was born for sales. I am based in Hannover and have been looking after my customers for a good two and a half years. My focus is on the customer relationship, which I like to compare to a partnership, and this has contributed to positive growth in my sales region. My work is supported in all areas by the back office staff – Miss Moneypenny sends her regards – allowing me to accomplish my mission of landing orders.

2.      What do you most enjoy about your job?

I would like to give a special mention here to the challenges of dealing with customers. I meet different people from a wide range of areas on a daily basis. They are often buyers, developers, or even managing directors. Every single one of them needs to be handled differently and it takes a great deal of flexibility to find the right words in every situation.


3.      “If I won a million euros on the lotto, I would …”

… donate some of it to cancer research, particularly childhood cancer. By doing so, I hope that a small step can be taken toward ensuring that children around the world no longer have to die of this disease. I would conservatively save the rest of the money – rather than stuff it under my mattress – and use it to make the small things in life more achievable. This certainly includes a desire to buy my own four walls.


4.      When you approach a difficult task – what helps you to think?

Only time and complete calm help me here. I need the time to concentrate on my strengths.


5.      Where do you prefer to go on vacation and why?


I find the region around Lake Como in Italy especially beautiful. I like the particular mentality of the people there. There are countless restaurants that serve regional products and many traditional “amore” dishes. The landscape of this region is also unique.

But I also have a soft spot for the city of Kavala – in my view, the little Monaco of Greece. I am very impressed by all of the well-preserved, historical relics, including the aqueduct, the castle dating back to the Ottoman Empire, and the Imaret, where Mohammed Ali fed and educated thousands of people at the beginning of the 19th century. The little bays that remain mostly untouched by tourism to this day are naturally also wonderful.


6.      Which book did you last read and what was it about?


The most recent book I read was Da vorne wartet die Zeit (“Time Waits Ahead”) by Lilly Lindner. In my view, it is a very special novel that tells the story of people in a city by a forest. It’s about each person’s everyday life, which may be led alongside others, with others, or often also in a very solitary manner and ultimately ends in death. And even though each person leads their own life, their lives and destinies are dependent on one another.


7.      Which famous person, living or dead, would you most like to meet and why?

I would like to meet Boris Becker. He was the sporting idol of my youth and remains so to this day. In 49 tournaments he demonstrated how to be victorious through performance, ambition, and an unbridled will to win. He was the youngest player to win Wimbledon in 1985, an achievement that deserves recognition to this day.


8.      What food/confectionery are you unable to resist?

I am tempted by quite a few kinds of candy: good chocolate, wine gums, but also petit fours, which always go well with a cup of coffee.


9.      What couldn’t you do without in your life?

My small family.