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'We are a partner who takes
full control of
the company copes thanks to its welltrained employees and its well-established
partner network, which stretches across the
world, Höhne says.
"Today, Ganter has a network consisting
of more than 3,000 partner companies, from
fabric to stone and wood to digital light
systems," he says. "Based on our business
model, we are able to manage a high quantity of projects at the same time."
The company also employs an internal
risk management process that allows it
reduce difficulties "to a minimum at the
beginning of each project and every step of
the way," Höhne says. "That provides a high
cost stability for our clients."
Höhne is a longtime veteran of The Ganter
Group and spent the last 10 years for
projects in the Middle East, China, Russia
and Europe. He also developed and led a
division that served high-end, luxury clients
in Freiburg before founding its "Team USA,"
which focuses on projects in the U.S. market.
One of Höhne's main tasks as COO, he
notes, is empowering his employees. This
helps his associates, who often have to
complete very difficult projects that require
deliberation and quick decisions.
The projects also can involve the use of
many different materials. In order to keep
them current with the latest materials
technologies and requirements, The Ganter
Group operates its own academy to train
project managers and design engineers.
The company also has an internal
rotating system, he adds. "[This] allows our
employees to work in other countries for a
while in order to transfer skills and knowlRonny Höhne is the COO for Ganter
Interiors and serves as the main contact
for its business in the United States.
edge and to enlarge the experience while
working in a new culture," Höhne explains.
"Of course, sometimes it is hard to lose
a good employee for one or two years to
another subsidiary," he admits. "But the experience in working with skilled employees
from all over the world compensates such
[losses] and brings a huge benefit to the
LEED certification is increasingly important for Ganter Interiors' clients, and the
company is ready to meet that need. Thanks
to its network, "We are not only able to
source materials worldwide, we are also
able to produce the interior fit out close to
the site where it is needed - depending on
the requirements of the client and in order
to achieve LEED and other sustainability
certifications," Höhne says.
The Ganter Group has shares in other
companies with a green focus. For example,
"We are the shareholder of the AH Aktivhaus GmbH, for which we are realizing
the interior fit-out of sustainable constructed and recyclable pre-fabricated houses that
produce more energy than they consume,"
Höhne says Ganter Interiors' sustainable focus will continue as it grows. "The
U.S. team is well established in the retail
business as well as providing the E2E-Setup
for pop-up stores," he says. "Currently, we
are enlarging our team and portfolio with
the focus on residential and commercial
projects - here in the United States, but also
in the rest of the world."
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