T Dear Readers,
his year marks the 40th anniversary of Engel & Völkers, which is quite a special moment for me, personally. Over the past decades, we have achieved so much that I am looking back today on the milestones of our company’s history: We started brokering exclusive residential properties from a villa in Hamburg’s western suburbs in 1977, which to this day you will recognize in our E&V logo. In 1990 we opened our first office outside Germany on the island of Mallorca in Spain. We took this step to follow our customers, who were looking for vacation homes. It was a huge step at the time that represented the launch of our international strat-
egy. In the mid-90s, we developed the shop concept, which promised to deliver more customer focus and has been implemented successfully around the world. Our entry into the U.S. market in the early 2000s and the opening of our first Market Center in Barcelona in 2013 were further milestones that helped E&V grow. Our next big moment will be moving our company into its new headquarters in Hamburg’s Hafen-City area, a building that will make our brand come even more a live. This project has been a long-cherished goal of mine and I am proud that we were able to commission the renowned architect Richard Meier to design such a beautiful and striking building. With more than 10,000 employees, E&V currently has a presence in over 800 locations in 30 countries on four continents. Last year, we were brokering properties around the world with a total value of €18 billion. Despite facing big challenges, especially in the beginning, we have always held on to our vision of making E&V the world’s leading service provider in the luxury segment. One of the prerequisites for this has been the ongoing evolution of the brand, whose values include professionalism, exclusivity, passion and the constant endeavor to expand and improve the quality of our service. In my opinion, one needs three essential skills to achieve success: creativity, perseverance and the ability to implement ideas. These, plus the tireless dedication of many inspiring and talented personalities, have helped us succeed in making E&V one of the leading service providers in the real estate industry. I am looking toward to the future of E&V with excitement. Our plans include further expansion – at present particularly in Europe and North America. We face a substantial challenge brought on to all of us by the increasing digitalization of our daily lives. We are continually investing in the digital transformation of our business model in order to increase the quality of
our service provision and to optimize our business processes. Personally, I am as motivated, committed and involved as on the day the company was founded and very much looking forward to the coming years. I hope you will enjoy this special 40th anniversary issue of GG.
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