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5 minutes with… Richard Scharmann

Richard Scharmann is CEO of PBS Holding


OPI: Describe what you do in less than 20 words.
Richard Scharmann: Running a service business that deals with products nearly everyone needs.

OPI: Your first full-time job.
Richard Scharmann: Assistant Professor at a university.

OPI: If you weren’t doing your present job, what job would you like to be doing?
Richard Scharmann: Drawing comic books.

OPI: The best moment in your career. 
Richard Scharmann: Becoming an owner of the business I am in now and recognising the meaning of total responsibility.

OPI: The worst moment in your career. 
Richard Scharmann: Hasn’t happened yet…

OPI: The industry figure you most admire. Why? 
Richard Scharmann: No one in particular, but many managers I meet. They know about all the details in our industry and still see the big picture.

OPI: Your best piece of advice to someone who has just joined the OP industry. 
Richard Scharmann: It’s more exciting than it looks.

OPI: The most memorable travel experience you’ve had while in the OP industry?
Richard Scharmann: China and food always make for good stories…

OPI: What do you think has been the best innovation in the OP industry in the last two years? 
Richard Scharmann: Even more Post-it products being sold at a time when you would expect everyone has already been satisfied in their demand for that product category.

OPI: Your favourite office product.
Richard Scharmann: Fine art drawing and charcoal pencils.

OPI: What do you like least about the OP industry? 
Richard Scharmann: Chasing for the best price in an industry where it’s all about service and processes.

OPI: What do you like best about the OP industry? 
Richard Scharmann: Creating exciting business concepts based on boring products.

OPI: What business/management book would you recommend as essential reading? 
Richard Scharmann: I don’t read business books – I’d rather recommend Will Eisner’s graphic novels.

OPI: The biggest change that has taken place in the industry since your career began. 
Richard Scharmann: Ten years ago the industry was scared to death of the global players. Things have changed significantly – now owner-run, dynamic stockless dealers compete successfully against those players.

OPI: What keeps you awake at night? 
Richard Scharmann: A good book or gaming on my Xbox One.

OPI: If you could invite two famous people for dinner, who would they be and why? 
Richard Scharmann: Will Eisner (he changed the way comic books were viewed – from simple newspaper strips to sequential art and graphic novels) and Billy Joel (I simply love his music).

OPI: Your childhood ambitions.
Richard Scharmann: To become a fighter pilot.

OPI: Have you ever done anything dangerous or daring?
Richard Scharmann: Parachuting and selling office products (at the same time?).

 Quelle: OPI, 01. June 2015