I was born in Hamburg, Germany, on August 16th 1963. I grew up in the north of the city, a part of the town called “Bergstedt”. My parents lived in Hamburg since second world war, my mother was forced to leave from today’s Poland area during the end of the war.
In Bergstedt I went to primary and secondary school, making Germany’s final school examination “Abitur” in June 1983. My first aim was not a study, and to be honest, my final certificate at the end of school was not phenomenal…So I decided to complete the military service first, which was mandatory in Germany for 15 months at that time of cold war. It was my first time that I had to leave my home town for a longer period. I worked there as a medic and had to practice in a civil hospital for 6 weeks, which changed me as a young man.
After those 15 months I was still not ready to start a study, therefore I began an apprenticeship as “Electrician and Sales Assistant (IT / accounting)”, which was originally planned as management backup for middle-sized craftsmen operations. Therefore since that time I’m able to call myself a “Geselle”, which is a German degree as travelling journeymen / craftsmen. I worked on many construction sites during 1985 – 1987 and I decided that such a life wouldn’t make me happy. Therefore I finally decided to study “Business Administration and Engineering” on top in Hamburg, a co-operation of University Hamburg and Technical University Hamburg-Harburg.
Beginning of 1995 I finished my studies and got a job at the German Rockwool Mineralwoll GmbH, starting my marketing / sales career as Product Manager and later Key Account Manager. We had to move for this job from Hamburg to the middle of Germany, a town called Gladbeck (north of the “Ruhrgebiet” area). At that time my daughter Nadia was born in July 1995 (still in Hamburg). My son Tom followed 2.5 years later in January 1998. He was born in Gladbeck.
I decided then to look for a job in Hamburg again. I succeeded, beginning the year 2000, at a chemical distribution company called Krahn Chemie GmbH starting as Sales Manager in the coating department, later making my way up to Director Sales of 3 segments.
Due to a rapid management change at Krahn I had to look for a new job and found a position at Penta Chemikalien GmbH, Aschaffenburg, in the south of Germany. In difference to Krahn I dealt at Penta with solvent commodities, again for various applications including coatings.
I was happy to start on August 01st 2011 with Spiess-Urania Chemicals GmbH as Sales Manager, mainly for the product Copper Carbonate in the segment Wood Preservatives. I have gone through many very interesting years, also getting to know IRG. My first attendance at IRG was back in 2012 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
When I’m not selling Copper Carbonate or Copper Hydroxide to my customers I play and practice the guitar as often as I can. Since years I have done this also in a band called THE MARTINS. We do cover and own songs (Rock / Pop). Besides this I’m also able to build and repair computers / IT.
This bio was written for the December 2017 IRG Newsletter.