Coffee Break with... Lukas Hochedlinger, Managing Director Central & Northern Europe
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When did you join Christie & Co?
Since September 2010
Where were you when you accepted your role at Christie & Co?
Somewhere between taking care of my 5 months old son and relaxing after finishing university with a Masters’ degree.
What was your first job?
My very first job was at the age of 15 as a waiter in a restaurant in Greifenstein. My first real job after university was with a hotel operator in Hamburg, where I started in the development department. From my office I had a great view over the harbour with all the huge container ships, it was impressive.
In a couple of sentences, can you tell us a bit about your job at Christie & Co?
In recent years, my responsibilities have expanded geographically and now include our offices in Helsinki, Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich and Vienna as Managing Director. Normally (before Corona) I have been on the road about 3-4 days per week, either in our offices or with clients. I see my main task in winning exciting mandates together with my great team to achieve the best result for our clients. At the same time, the contact with each other and the fun at work must not be neglected.
What’s your favourite thing about Christie & Co?
I love hotel real estate and my job gives me the opportunity to get to know many concepts and the owners behind them. I have a lot of contact with very different people who all have a different, but interesting point of view. Helping a client to successfully sell his life's work is a great feeling; to achieve this together with colleagues and to celebrate this success is even better.
If you had to pick a favourite project that you’ve worked on at Christie & Co so far, what would it be?
That's not easy, because I have had fun with many projects. Looking back, they were often the ones with the most challenging clients, even if I could count the number of new grey hairs during the mandate. But one of the highlights was the sale of the Sun Garden Resort in Dubrovnik/Croatia on behalf of an Austrian bank. The months of negotiations with the Chinese seller were an emotional up-and-down due to the different cultures and languages but were enormous fun.
What’s been the biggest challenge of your career so far?
I think it was when I took over the management in Germany in 2015, after having been responsible only for Austria/CEE until then. I was suddenly responsible for a much larger team at different locations and first had to grow into the role.
What’s been a highlight of your career so far?
Having “survived” the Covid year 2020 and still looking to the future with optimism: now more than ever. There is still so much we can achieve.
How has the industry changed since you started at Christie & Co?
First and foremost, the people and the companies that deal with hotel real estate. Some players were very big 10 years ago and no longer exist today, for others it is the other way round.
Who in your industry do you feel most inspired by?
Chris Day, who was still Global Managing Director at Christie & Co until early 2020 and is now retired. He was always extremely motivating and I had the feeling that he had experienced everything before and could therefore give me good advice.
Tell us a bit about your life outside work – what are your hobbies?
My biggest hobby and at the same time my greatest pride are my family and my three children. Before Corona, there was almost nothing but work and family because of the business trips. Thanks to Covid, however, I have also become a passionate runner, have taken my boatmaster's certificate and am finally reading more books again.
What’s your hometown? Where do you live now?
I was born in Vienna, grew up in Lower Austria, and now live in Vienna again with my family.
Where’s the best place you’ve been on holiday?
That was my honeymoon in Bali.
What’s your biggest pet peeve?
Being selfish, being narrow-minded and having a bad temper.
If you could live and work in any city, where would you go?
NYC or Tokyo (just for 2 or 3 years; then I would come back to Europe)
What would be your desert island meal?
What’s your favourite film?
Dances with Wolves
Please tell us your favourite Joke / What is your favourite movie quote?
Planet 1: Ohhh, I don't feel well at all.
Planet 2: Why, what's wrong with you?
Planet 1: I have Homo Sapiens.
Planet 2: .... oh, don't worry, it will pass.
What is one thing on your bucket list?
Living in the wilderness in Canada or Alaska for a few weeks.
What is your biggest fear?
Swimming far out on my own, whether in the sea or lake (I watched Jaws too early and too often!).
What news source do you read every day?
ORF, Der Standard, CNN
What’s your social media platform of choice?