Karl spent his childhood in the Los Angeles metro area. Then his family moved to Zurich, Switzerland and Karl lived in Europe before returning to Del Mar, San Diego, CA. After selling their home in Rancho Santa Fe, San Diego, CA and a one year long road trip with his wife, 3 teenagers and their puppy in a Motor-Home they settled down on Padre Island, Corpus Christi, TX on the Gulf of Mexico. After another long RV Trip Karl and his wife Ursula now live on their Ranch in Texas while their 3 grown children have left the nest to find fame and fortune in Austin, TX. Karl’s 35+ years of business experience in many high-, low and bio-tech industries ranges from blue collar positions as machine shop operator, electronic engineer, and software developer; and white color positions in the corporate arenas of sales, marketing, consulting, management, and executive positions. He holds various degrees in Mechanics, Electronics, Business Technology, Software Engineering, Operations and Business Administration and has held positions in many industries including Electronics, Computer Manufacturing, Software Development, Business Technology, Retail, Bio-Tech & Pharmaceutical, High-Tech, Defense, Telecommunication, and RADAR. This unique blend of experience has helped him to develop an appreciation for work, projects and business “on both sides of the fence”. After a long and very successful career in the corporate arena as a C-level executive Karl opened his professional coaching and consulting practice to live an authentic life with more time for his wife and children.
Post Grad – Executive/Business/Life Coaching
M.B.A. – Industrial Organizational Development
B.Sc. in Business Technology and Operations Management
Certified Machine Shop Operator/Machinist
Languages: English, German, Swiss and some French
KRMS, LLC (1/2002 – present)
Owner and President. Professional Business Coaching, Training and Consulting Services. Partial client list: CB Richard Ellis (San Francisco, Denver and Moscow), Ochsner Health Systems (New Orleans), Nike (Portland), Morgan Stanley (Rancho Bernardo), International Sales (Point Loma), BOMA – Building Owners and Managers Association (San Francisco), American Express (San Diego), Business Travel Association (San Diego), Tacinelli (New York), Blender Post (Hollywood), Bronze Body (Beaumont) and many small businesses.
AURORA BIOSCIENCES (1/1999 – 1/2002)
Sr. Product Manager, Business Development, Marketing, Sales support for Bio- and Hi-Tech. drug discovery projects and custom systems for large Pharmaceutical Organizations such as Pfizer, Merck, Eli-Lilly & Co., Park-Davis, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, BMS – Bristol-Myers Squibb, Glaxo-Smith-Kline (London) and Corning Life Sciences (Wiesbaden, Germany). After Aurora was acquired by Vertex Pharmaceuticals (Cambridge, MA) Karl started his executive coaching and consulting practice.
FUST-JELMOLI HOLDING (10/1993 – 12/1998)
Vice President, COO, Chief Technical Officer, Member Board of Directors. National retailer, electric appliances, consumer electronics, kitchens, baths, housing, leasing. Responsible for 5 profit centers with approx. 600 employees. Distribution logistics, recycling, 230 vehicle fleet, warehousing, supply chain management, home delivery services, installation services, field repair services, multiple customer care call centers, help desks, complaint management, workshop repair centers, extended warranty insurance, controlling, training, staffing, budgets, salaries, strategic planning, leadership development.
EXPERTA CONSULTING (IBM PARTNER) (10/1991 – 9/1993)
Sr. IT Consultant and National Sales Manager. National consulting group. Information solutions, hardware, software, project management for manufacturers and retailers. IBM hard- and software packages, AS-400, FAS, MAS-90, Alpha-400, System-36, MAPICS, IMAS, CIM and CIX – Computer Integrated Manufacturing. Supply Chain Management. Inventory Control. Marketing and Sales. Trade Shows, Sales Presentations, Client relations.
ORIGIN TECHNOLOGY IN BUSINESS (8/1989 – 9/1991)
Sr. Business Consultant. International consulting group headquartered in the Netherlands. Project Management, Project Management Methods, HERMES, IEW – Information Engineering Workbench, IT Concepts, Computer Aided Software Engineering, Information Engineering, Training, Meeting Facilitation. Partial Client List: Swiss Telecom, Hong-Kong Telecom, Swiss Federal Government, Swiss Military, Digital Equipment, Cap Gemini.
UNISYS (1/1988 – 7/1989)
Sr. Systems Analyst, Software Engineer, Team Leader, Project Leader for Banking Applications. Partial Client List: Banco Mercatil (Zurich), UBS – Union Bank of Switzerland (Zurich), SBV – Swiss Bank Corporation (Zurich), Zurich Insurance (Zurich), Baloise Insurance Company (Basel), Bank Sarasin (Zurich).
SIEMENS (4/1976 – 12/1987)
Quality Assurance and Systems Electronic Engineer for complex High-Tech. Telecom, Medical and Defense Systems. RADAR, MRI, Leopard-II Tank, Sea Guard, ISDN, etc. Partial Client List: GRD – Gruppe fuer Ruestungsdienste (Switzerland), NATO (Turkey), Krauss-Maffei Wegman (Germany), Deutsche Telekom (Germany).