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Corporate culture

The priceless
value of
mutual
respect

Why it’s something special to work for a family business like the Jost Hurler Group.

Trust, openness, responsibility, respect, pleasure – keywords you might find in a corporate image brochure. But this goes beyond mere lip service. All these are core embodiments of the Jost Hurler corporate culture. The company currently employs 70 people in a wide variety of positions . They are all important. We asked three different people to describe their normal working day. Despite their differences, they have one thing in common: no boredom ever, a prevailing mood of optimism and the knowledge that they are making a vital contribution to the company as a whole.

Name:
Enis Kalkavan

Profession:
Building services

Employed by Jost Hurler since:
2012

Can mostly be found:
in his workshop

Enis Kalkavan

Enis Kalkavan describes himself as a chameleon: “I come to work in a boiler suite, casual clothes or even sometimes a suit if I’m handling a landlord handover. I don’t mind if you call me a building service provider, a janitor, the boss or a ‘jack of all trades’. I look after technical rental matters, organise external service providers or can even repair things such as toilets myself. Everyone knows me. It’s important to me that the people in my houses are happy.” He deliberately refers to these houses as his and means it. His father was the head of the technical department on the site from 1972 onwards, when the Holiday Inn was still here. With a twinkle in his eye, Enis – who is quick to get to know everyone on a first-name basis – says that he was conceived here. He grew up here. The site, which will be Schwabinger Tor in future and the new company premises for Jost Hurler, has always been his home. He has followed in his father’s footsteps and was taken on when Jost Hurler bought the hotel; he was involved in the hotel closure and also works for the metro.

His concrete remit in Schwabinger Tor has not yet been defined down to the last detail, but Enis Kalkavan knows that he will still carry on working there at any rate. You can clearly tell that he is the good soul at the heart of the properties in the Jost Hurler Group at Leopoldstraße 202 and 202a – a residential and office building. Friendly greetings come from all sides whenever he wanders through “his” houses and he seems to know every tenant by their first name. He considers himself to be an ambassador for the company, a figurehead and a small cog that nevertheless makes a vital contribution to the success of the company. And he certainly is: when you ask other people what they think about Enis, you often hear: “he’s one of a kind!” It is exactly this joy and enthusiasm for his work and his properties that Enis Kalkavan wants to bring to his new tasks in Schwabinger Tor.

 

Name:
Gudrun Lawrenz

Profession:
Head of Accounting, Management and Organisation

Employed by Jost Hurler since:
2011

Can mostly be found:
buried in piles of folders and tables in her office

Gudrun Lawrenz

Gudrun Lawrenz loves numbers and tables. She sees it as a “sporting” challenge to use legal devices and puzzle her way through complicated issues. The “powerhouse” – as her colleagues describe her – was already in contact with Jost Hurler in her role as auditor during the course of the 2002 annual audit, before she was head-hunted by the management and switched sides. She remembers the “old times” at the turn of the century well – partly because this was the time when the Deutschmark was being converted into the euro as the official currency, a dramatic experience in both business and economic terms. And partly because so much has changed in the company since then.

Gudrun Lawrenz and her ten-person team are responsible for accounting and management, i.e. commercial property management. She enthusiastically reports on accounting and balance sheets, the creation of annual accounts, tax aspects or the implementation of contractual principles for leases or solving legal disputes. Gudrun Lawrenz talks fast. Despite all the structure that is clearly essential to her role, she comes across as relaxed, open and spontaneous. When asked about her normal working day, she laughs out loud: “What a wonderful challenge: every day is different.” Her only constant seems to be a morning coffee. The variety of tasks and number of deadlines and meetings she has, combined with entirely unexpected issues that may arise, mean that every day really is an entirely new challenge. But Gudrun Lawrenz seems like none of these would be problems, only challenges to find the right solution.

Name:
Manon Stockhammer

Profession:
Schwabinger Tor tenant coordination

Employed by Jost Hurler since:
2015

Can mostly be found:
in the “building hut” site office (if you’re lucky)

Manon Stockhammer

You’ll be lucky if you find Manon Stockhammer in her office. Armed with her mobile and tablet PC, she’s always in meetings or on the move around the building site. She has been responsible for tenant coordination at the Schwabinger Tor site since October 2015. Her career began with a few years in an architectural office, until “the architecture sector became too small within the real estate world” for her and she swapped over to project development. After four years of external project management for Schwabinger Tor, she was drawn towards new challenges – remaining loyal to Schwabinger Tor with her immense project-related specialist knowledge, but changing over from project management to tenant coordination for Jost Hurler. She is now responsible for everything to do with tenant improvements, guiding tenants “through a jungle of technical and legal requirements”. She describes herself in a down to earth manner as a “jack of all trades relating to planning and technology”. Manon Stockhammer is always on the lookout for new tasks; she never stops.

“I can never tell a week in advance what my diary will look like. Everything is very short-term and spontaneous – adapting to whatever the current issues are for the tenants and the building site”. What others would describe as a hectic pace, she considers to be positive stress at the very most. She loves her “thousand lists” and enjoys making order and structure out of her “positive chaos”. “You simply have to get used to the fact that you need to go with the flow when it comes to your schedule of meetings and building site deadlines.” If you ask her colleagues to describe Manon Stockhammer, they would say she is a veritable whirlwind. But it is precisely this that she enjoys and does well. Her favourite moment is when she can hand over the finished property to a satisfied tenant.

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