At Kässbohrer Austria GmbH the time has come. Peter Soukal said goodbye at the end of March and handed over the management to someone who knows the market: Christian Paar.
For Peter Soukal, the world has been seeing red for over 40 years. He began his Kässbohrer career in 1978 as a young car electrician at SETRA buses, from 1980 he worked for many years as a fitter on behalf of PistenBully, held numerous training courses all over the world and eventually became service manager. He has been running the Austrian Kässbohrer subsidiary with great success since 2006. He has been contributing to the success of PistenBully and the company for 43 years and has been able to significantly increase Kässbohrer Austria's sales.
What is proving to be difficult these days for Christian Paar is his work credo: Close to the customer. The first position at Kässbohrer Austria was in customer service in 2005. In the following years he got to know the company, the customers and the market extensively in all areas. He was also responsible for the training for many years. “During the training, you learn particularly intensively what our customers need and want,” Christian looks back with pleasure. He then developed in the direction of sales and has been responsible for sales and service at SNOWsat Austria since 2013. His commitment, his experience, his pragmatic and customer-oriented manner make him the ideal successor to Peter Soukal after 16 years of successful work at Kässbohrer Austria.
His goal is "to continue to run the company as successfully as before and to maintain solidarity in the company, especially in these difficult times." His very personal focus is to pursue the possibilities of digitization and innovative technologies intensively and to benefit from them to generate for customers and Kässbohrer.
The 36-year-old couple is married and has one son. In addition to motor sports and archery, he likes to relax while skiing. Christian has big plans for the future and is very much looking forward to his new responsibilities: “I see great potential in combining the PistenBully and SNOWsat sales departments. And I already have ideas for the PRO ACADEMY to make it even better and future-oriented ”. Christian's level-headed manner, his ambition and his determination will benefit him in driving these changes always in the interests of customers and employees.
"I will miss the cable car family"Peter Soukal will be missing the cable car family in the future. The 63-year-old particularly appreciates that the handshake quality still applies here. His thanks to the customers are above all for the trust and openness that has always been shown to him. "Above all, the Austrian customers taught me to have great optimism and faith in the future and in my own industry."
He also fondly thinks back to the time he spent as a fitter, test and training company, which has brought him around the globe. On some assignments he was immediately uncomfortable when he saw the simple conditions under which fitters lived in other countries, compared to the European prosperity.
Of course, he also thinks of many anecdotes from all those years. He emerged as a real hero from an assignment in Argentina: an actually very reliable PistenBully 200 DW was not operational for two years. Peter was sent to fix that. On site, he discovered that the problem was not with the vehicle itself, but only with the non-stop switch. He had the respect of his Argentine colleagues as he proudly drove the vehicle out of the garage.
Anyone who knows Peter knows that he always took such situations with humor. Despite all the work, the stress and the many kilometers on Austrian motorways, he looks back wistfully.
At the same time, he is looking forward to his retirement, which he has already planned well with trips with his wife and grandchildren, various repairs to his vintage cars and his decades of gentlemen's rounds. Only his wife's “to do list” worries him. But as we all know Peter Soukal, he will also master this successfully!
Peter wishes his successor "to always keep calm, to approach the tasks objectively and professionally and, above all, luck and success to steer entrepreneurs through these difficult times."
Jens Rottmair, CEO of Kässbohrer Geländefahrzeug AG: “The entire Kässbohrer team and I personally wish Peter a healthy and carefree retirement. We will miss his always friendly and lovable Austrian manner very much. For Peter, the customer was always in the foreground. I wish Christian Paar a successful hand in his new role. The good thing about this is that we know that a good one goes - a good one comes, ”summarizes Jens Rottmair.