All About Klaus Mellin, Braun’s Sales Agent Travel Retail
Q: Where were you born and raised?
A: I was born in Stettin (then Germany, now in Poland) and grew up in Schönaich near Stuttgart
Q: If you attended post-secondary school, what did you study?
A: I went to School of Economics in Stuttgart and was a commercial apprentice at Zeiss Ikon AG in Stuttgart
Q: Are you married? Do you have children?
A: Married to Birgitt with two daughters, Kathrin and Vanessa
Q: What is your favorite movie?
A: No particular favorite
Q: What is the last book you read?
A: Die Richtige Flughöhe (“Changer d´altitude” or “The Right Flight Level”) by Bertrand Piccard
Q: What would you choose as your last meal?
A: Swabian potato salad and sausage
Q: What is your favorite drink?
A: There are quite a few, but no single favorite
Q: Do you have a passion in your life (or more than one)?
A: There used to be glider flying, snorkeling and scuba diving and still, of course, traveling
Q: Do you have a pet (or more than one)? If so, what is the animal and name?
A: No pets. When you travel a fair bit you cannot do justice to a pet
Q: Do you prefer country or city?
A: Country, ideally with the city not too far away
Q: What is your favorite place to vacation?
A: Germany, then Lord Howe Island (part of NSW, Australia) and the British Virgin Islands
Q: What’s the first thing you do in a new place?
A: I try to walk around. By walking I get a much better feeling for the place
Q: If you could choose any place in the world to live, where would it be?
A: That is not an easy one. Looking at all the various aspects I probably would chose Germany again
Q: Which living person do you most admire?
A: Angela Merkel. She is pragmatic and looks for solutions and she is not on an ego trip like so many politicians
Q: Which historical figure do you most admire?
A: Alexander von Humboldt (1769–1859), scientist and world traveler
Q: Where and when were you happiest in your life?
A: That was in Kronberg in March 1982 when I got married to Birgitt
Q: What in the world would you most like to change?
A: Nationalistic egos of some leading politicians. Less of this would make the world a better place
Q: What about yourself would you most like to change?
A: Become better organized…i.e. clean desk
Q: What is the most important piece of advice anyone ever gave you?
A: Don’t be arrogant, you always meet twice. This was said to me by my boss in Australia in the 1970s (Zeiss Ikon and Braun photo distributor) who had learned this lesson when cameras were in short supply years earlier and many customers never forgave him that he did not supply them in those years (with sad consequences for him later)
Q: What is something about you that most people would find surprising?
A: I am still thinking about this one…