You have been working as an asset manager at CA Immo in Germany since 2021. What particularly excites you about asset management?
In general, what attracts me to asset management is the great variability of the topics and the wide range of tasks. On the one hand, you are involved in the strategic orientation of the properties through the preparation and execution of business plans. On the other hand, as a commercial asset manager, you conduct many discussions with existing and prospective tenants. When letting and re-letting rental space, you are in close contact with many interesting personalities and companies and thus gain insight into their economic considerations and plans.
I also like the lively exchange with internal departments, which is essential for the work of an asset manager. For example, with the legal and tax department for the preparation of tenancy agreements, with controlling for budget planning or with corporate communications for our tenant campaigns.
Thanks to the close exchange with the property-related fields of activity - technical asset management, property management and facility management - the commercial asset manager, in his position as the central person responsible for the property, can combine the various approaches of the individual professional fields and implement them in a property strategy. That's why CA Immo's modern portfolio, which often has landmark character, was a decisive reason for me to decide to move here in order to work together with my colleagues and service providers on the further development of these great assets.
You joined during the period of COVID. What were the challenges/special features during that time and how has it changed in the meantime?
In our Munich branch, there were no major limitations due to the company's Covid guidelines - for example, mandatory masks in public areas, regular testing, etc. - and I was therefore able to get to know the employees here at the site relatively quickly in person.
However, personal exchange and getting to know colleagues at other locations was hardly possible due to travel restrictions and had to be done mainly online at the time.
However, the company's strategic decision to unite the Frankfurt and Munich branches under one leadership has changed this. As a result, I not only get to know great colleagues better, but can also benefit even more from the experiences of others and, conversely, pass on my own experiences.
Which building from the CA Immo property portfolio is the most interesting for you and why?
Firstly, of course, there is ONE in Frankfurt, which, as CA Immo's most modern, spacious and highest building, certainly stands out from the portfolio of high-quality existing properties.
For me personally, however, because of my work with CA Immo's Munich assets, it is the SKYGARDEN. Located directly on the Hackerbrücke, it is certainly one of the most striking buildings along the S-Bahn main line with its namesake conservatories and is therefore immediately familiar to many people who are not from Munich.