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Warm Reception for Consul General Schnöll

February 9, 2010

New Consul General welcomed at reception with business comedy performance
(from left to right:  Consul General Schnöll, Trade Commissioner Rössler and Mr. Kastner)  

The Austrian Trade Commission in Chicago is pleased to welcome the new Austrian Consul General Thomas Schnöll. On January 28, approximately 60 guests gathered to meet Herr Mag. Schnöll at a reception which included a business comedy performance using humor, rhythm, and dancing by Herr Mag. Otmar Kastner called “Austrian-USA Sound of Business Performance.”

Consul General Schnöll was born in Salzburg. He studied law at Johannes Kepler University, Linz and graduated the prestigious French graduate school ‘École Nationale d'Administration’. His was previously assigned to the Bilateral Embassy in Paris and the Permanent Representation of Austria to the European Union in Brussels. Between 2004 and 2009, Mr. Schnöll was Head of Unit for the Western Balkans, one of Austria's foreign policy priorities.

“Business comedy”—surely that must be a misprint, or at least an oxymoron?  Yes, the honored guests were as guarded and skeptical of Mr. Kastner, whose firm is based in Austria , as any group of successful, polished executives and diplomats. Mr. Kastner, however, was quick to win everyone over with a combination of quick wit, a keen understanding of both Austrian and US business dynamics, and studied knowledge of how decisions and plans are made in developing business and other key professional relations. Above all, Mr. Kastner recognizes and makes fun of the inherent tension between adhering to norms, meeting demands and following one's creative instinct, all through his unique management approach:  “I like to move it, move it."

Per Mr. Kastner´s website:  “Business is heading towards a wonderful time. We see a shift from creating the economy by the mind into creating the economy by the heart...The intention is to make the ‘audience of the stars’ with a planet created by the heart.”