Our building ‘Mayster’ faces his ultimate retirement age this summer. Do we need to be cruel to be kind?
Mayster.. are you ready to talk?
No not really.. have to finish the building of the new photo studio for Yask and this summer the new Chillyhub is planned in Switzerland.
All must be ready before I leave so not much time for nonsense.
But are you really going to leave?
Well it seems we have no choice.
Two years ago I could decide for an extended period of work but now it seems I simply have to accept that I am old and need to go.
Some people would love this...
Yes, I know but sitting at home in my small village day after day is a big difference to the hectic life with Yask over the last 15 years.
With Yask you went from Moscow to New York, didn’ t you?
Well, I don’t exactly follow where I’ve been to but yes, I have seen many countries and prepared our show stand from Moscow to Las Vegas. Always different rules, tricks and games.
Sometimes very difficult because I do not speak any foreign language.
No languages and travelling the globe...?
Yes, but we have very good staff who always help me and let’s not forget it is sometimes a big benefit when you don’t understand all.
I remember a show in Paris where a local officer really got stressed about a minor thing and wanted to rebuilt a complete booth but because I could not reply in his French language and also did not understand all his words but kept smiling. In the end the officer was so hopeless that he said “ok” - which of course, I understood immediately.
Is it a trick you play...?
No, not really.. we accept and respect all rules but sometimes locals are very ambitious in the explanation especially to guests and then it needs a certain time to build up a reliable relation. Quietness and a smile do help even without understanding languages (smiling....)
Why did you join Yask?
Well, I was working for a German building company. At a certain moment I heard that a Dutchman started a small company in our village in Poland. On a Sunday after visiting the church I decided spontaneously to have a look and there was a guy standing.
Clearly not one from us so I asked him some questions in German about what was going on. All looked good so I told that guy that he may talk to the Dutchman if he was looking for new people. The guy said, “I just did”.
I only smiled, I never had the idea that a Dutch investor would look like him.
And now you’re leaving him...
He is so wild sometimes that I stay young working for him.
But yes, I need to leave and stop. Guess the hub in Switzerland is my last project and there I will drink my last beer when ready unless “he” has already found other ways..?