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Hans-Jörn Eich

Sales Professional and Project Manager

 

Summary

I’m a German sales professional and project manager living in Canada.

My unique advantages are:

– excellent understanding of differences between German and Canadian business culture, which enables me to communicate and execute solutions for German companies entering the North American market

– the ability to focus and achieve specific project goals in very vibrant and fast moving scenarios.

If you are looking to introduce your European business solutions to the Canadian market, especially in the field of photovoltaics, I would love to get in contact with you.

You can reach me directly on my mobile phone at +1.905.321.3905

Experience

Sales and Project Management (solar industry)

Terrafix Groundworks Canada Inc.

January 2012 – February 2013 (1 year 2 months), Brantford, Ontario, Canada

My responsibilities were:
– building up market in Canada (sales and marketing)
– establishing local manufacturing in Ontario
– project management of construction sites

Terrafix is a worldwide solutions provider for innovative foundations and structures for ground-mount solar farms (PV, fixed and single axis trackers).

Terrafix designs, manufacturers, sells and installs ground screws (also called earth anchors) and solar structures for the photovoltaic industry. Overall Terrafix has installed components for over 600MW worldwide (status: Dec 2012) with a production capacity of 1TW a year. Other products include: car ports with integrated PV, towers for wind turbines and dual axis trackers, concrete-less foundations for many other applications.

Before I joined Terrafix, the company had successfully provided and installed foundation solutions for two solar farms in Ontario (total 20MW) from its manufacturing facilities in Mexico with the help of business administrations from its New York and California based operations.

I was able to find competitive manufacturing for our products, that would meet all local content regulations and our strict quality control standards.

Building on the success of the solar farms built in 2011, I was able to find new leads and develop customer relationships which lead to the sale of three more 10MW solar farms in 2102 (total value approx. $4.5MM), and ultimately the sale of 14 more solar farms to be built in 2013, totaling an overall DC output of around 150MW (total value approx. $40MM).

Further more, I was part of the project management team during the building process of the solar farms, and was intricately involved in:
– contract negotiations with the unions (establishing collective agreements)
– planning and executing logistics of the construction projects

Tradebank International

Trade Broker (in training, independent) – Charities Division

Tradebank International

January 2011 – January 2012 (1 year 1 month), Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada

Sales of specialty product by Tradebank Canada, specifically designed to financially support charities:
– lead creation
– communicate product advantages to prospects
– execute sales meetings

Clair Global

FOH and Systems Technician

Clair Global

October 2004 – December 2011 (7 years 3 months), Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Freelance FOH and systems technician for Clair Global (Toronto location) (before 2008: Towers Productions, Toronto).
– Technical support (on-location)
– FOH and monitor mixing
– Stage and production management
– Setup and tear down of shows of all sizes (small concert venues, event spaces, outdoor stages up to arena sizes)
– FOH/monitor mixing at Sound-Academy, Toronto (regular concert venue “house gig”, capacity up to 3800)Venues, artists and clients (selected):
– Lady Gaga, 50 Cent, Metric
– Much Music (TV), Q107 (morning radio show)
– Grey Cup, BMW, TD Waterhouse
– Hamilton Place, Rogers Center (formally Skydome), Yonge Dundas Square
– Pop Montreal (music festival), Country Music Festival (Barrie), Luminato (Toronto)

Freelance Audio Engineer

Freelance Audio Engineer

July 2004 – December 2011 (7 years 6 months)

Direct artist support:
– consulting artists on production needs
– planning events (technical, logistical)
– tour/road management
– production management
– executing shows and events for customers/artists
– FOH/monitor mixingSelect artists worked with:
– Tom Cochrane
– Thousand Foot Krutch
– Running Red Lights (formaly: Boys vs. Girl)

Design Panel – Member

Stamford Delicatessen

August 2009 – September 2010 (1 year 2 months), St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

This design panel is responsible for design concepts for in-store marketing concepts as well as creating events and overall design of the retail facility.

Owner

Ukoonto Woodworking Inc.

October 2007 – February 2010 (2 years 5 months), St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

I was the principal owner of Ukoonto Woodworking Inc, which manufactured and marketed wooden toys to boutique toy stores across Canada (some in the US).

Westbury National Show Systems Ltd

Freelance Audio Technician

Westbury National Show Systems Ltd

July 2004 – February 2008 (3 years 8 months), Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Freelance audio technician
– Technical support (on-location)
– FOH and monitor mixing
– Stage and production managementVenues and clients (selected):
– Virgin mobile
– Much Music Video Awards
– Toronto International Film Festival
– Chanel Toronto
– Aretha Franklin
– Sarah Slean

Kutless

Tour Manager

Kutless

September 2004 – May 2005 (9 months), Portland, Oregon, USA

My responsibilities included:
– Advancing shows (technical, hospitality, financial)
– Manage logistics (band, crew and gear)
– Oversee shows (technical, organizational) on show date
– Mix FOH
– Settle Shows (and merchandising) with promoter

Westbury National Show Systems Ltd

Audio Technician

Westbury National Show Systems Ltd

March 2002 – July 2004 (2 years 5 months), Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Warehouse (support team to on-location crew)
– plan show details (audio)
– pack and pre-assemble gear for shipment
– inventory (pre- and post-mortem)

Deutsche Welle

Web and IT Specialist – Deutsche Welle Online

Deutsche Welle

August 2001 – March 2002 (8 months), Berlin, Germany

Deutsche Welle Online was run as a separate entity from the rest of Deutsche Welle and thus needed its own IT support. I was the IT technician responsible to keep the “Deutsche Welle Online” department in Berlin running smoothly. This job was a combination of maintaining the computer networks, both software and hardware, running Windows NT4.0 and Apple Macintosh, and some minor html coding, necessary in content creation of the webpage at of http://www.dw-world.de.

Zivildienstleistender (social service worker)

Sportkindergarten Bad Soden / Salmünster

June 2000 – June 2001 (1 year 1 month), Bad Soden / Salmünster, Germany

In Germany, every young man above the age of 18, had to absolve military service, or alternatively, social service for a period of 13 months.
I worked at a sports day care, working with a group of disabled (special needs) and non-disabled children. My main responsibilities involved:
– taking care of the disabled kids
– driving chores (children and other general purposes)
– setting up gym courses, specifically designed for children, in the day cares own gym
– property maintenance

Education

Project Management Institute

Certified Associate Project Manager

2013 – Current, Testing Date: June 2013

Harris Institute

Diploma, Audio Engineering and Producing

2001 – 2002

Grimmelshausen Gymnasium

Abitur (Physics, Arts)

1997 – 2000

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