About genes, businesses and generations
An interview with the firm founder Hans Bründl
Life was kind with commercial counsellor Hans Bründl. The now 83 year old has always shown the right touch when it came to trend-setting decisions. Especially the one to hand over the reins to the next generation within the family business turned out to be a blessing.
Different times, different currency
But in retail you have to be at it wholeheartedly. The actual constellation with Christoph being managing partner and Bernhard being in charge of personnel development is ideal.
The first Bründl Sports branch
In 1967 I opened our sports store, 1974 the first branch. In the same year the Intersport purchasing cooperative elected me as their chairman. The co-operation, in which all the nations of Europe are represented, extended our range of vision with their activities. We were on the road a lot and saw a great deal of what we could take over for the ski areas.
I was lucky that my eldest daughter, Marianne Moreau, entered into business early with me. Together with her husband, Alois Moreau, she contributed significantly to the development, until the two of them went into business for themselves in Kaprun with a fashion store.
All six children developed fabulously, anyhow, and were soon standing on their own two legs, despite the fact that we, as parents, never had much time for them. Today, each of them has a fulfilling job and we are in close contact amongst each other. I was also never worried that a successor would not be found. This has worked out well with Christoph who returned from the USA in 1989. For five years we were running the companies together. And if we could not agree on an issue, I would leave the decision up to him. He was, after all, the next generation. And together with Bernhard, responsible today for further education and coaching, they made an ideal team.
During the summer we rented out much more skis. Summer-ski, that was something completely new at the time.
When one gets on as well as we do, a family-led enterprise can only have advantages. We are a company that builds on generations. And if I continue to be so lucky, then perhaps someday my grandchildren will enjoy the business as much as Christoph, Bernhard and I.