Addressing the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber’s Top 40 Under 40 Achievers at a final networking event last week, Volkswagen Group South Africa Managing Director Thomas Schaefer encouraged the achievers to continue to build on to their careers by being “flexible”.
The Top 40 Networking in Colour event was hosted at the Underculture Contemporary Art Gallery where Schaefer was the guest speaker.
Schaefer defined flexibility as being willing to move for your career – sometimes even continents as in his case – and whether you see the glass half full or half empty.
Schaefer said everyone made mistakes in their careers, but successful people differentiate themselves by “learning from their mistakes and trying again”.
Schaefer took up his role as MD of VWSA in February this year and previously worked in Germany and South Africa in the automotive industry.
Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber Chief Executive Kevin Hustler encouraged the Top 40 Achievers at the event to engage in Business Chamber activities on all platforms next year to connect with other businesses. “Work the system to grow your bottom line,” Hustler said.
He also announced that there would regretfully be no group of 2016 Top 40 Under 40 Achievers selected next year, due to sponsorship reasons.
“We value the network of Top 40 Achievers built up over the past four years and in 2016 will continue to include the cream of Nelson Mandela Bay’s young business achievers in our networking and CSI projects. We want to encourage all of the achievers present here this evening to get involved with the Business Chamber on our various platforms – whether it is through networking events, task teams, or even becoming a member of our Board as our HonararyTreasurer Simone Mao-Cheia has very successfully done,” Hustler said.
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