Quo vadis – my way
My parents founded the Schindlerhof in 1984. The way was the goal –
and it started at an early stage, for even as a child it was part of my life.
The Schindlerhof was opened on my tenth birthday and since its very first days,
I have held a silent partner’s interest, with the goal of one day taking over the company.
The strategy proved successful: after matriculation I spent six years abroad,
attended the Ecole Hotelière in Lausanne and gained my Bachelor of Science in
International Hospitality Management. I acquired my practical experience in service
and the kitchen at the Hotel Giardino, Ascona, Tessin. After that, I went to Dublin,
where I spent six months at an agency doing marketing and sales promotion work for
individually managed hotels in Ireland.
Since 2000 I have been part of the team, and my mind is made up:
I am going to do it! I’m taking over at the Schindlerhof and shouldering the
full entrepreneurial risk – with pleasure!
I’ve already added my personal touches to the company:
Success is a bit like succession: it comes when you follow your own way. So my goal for the future is to make my own mark;
not to administer, but to create and shape, by guiding the Schindlerhof successfully through the next 30 years,
before handing over to a new generation. For we are and want to remain a family company, family owned and proudly
- I had independent responsibility for the fourth building phase, the Ryokan rooms, in 2000
- I introduced ISO 14001 to the company in 2002
- in 2003, together with our then Quality Management delegate, I wrote the renewed application for the Ludwig Erhard prize, which we then won for the second time
- one third of the property was assigned to me in 2004
- 2005 was marked by a lot of renovation work, which, by the way, was financed wholly from cash flow. The restaurant was re-designed and ten hotel rooms were given a new look, including a wine room and a Mini Cooper convertible room. We want to be individual and unique!
- in 2006, the corporate succession at the Schindlerhof won “START UP” – the Bavarian founders’ prize for corporate succession.
Something that concerns me very deeply is the value of individuality. This refers to the service we give our guests,
but also to our dealings with our staff and quality partners. In my opinion, the century of standardisation is past
and we have to learn to take a more individual approach to others. People are not STANDARD guests –
that’s what makes working with them so exciting. The more individuality the better!