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Meet a Coach – Thomas Hechmann

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Here at Coach Solutions, we are very proud of our most valuable and greatest asset – our employees. Without them – no Coach Solutions.

We have interviewed Thomas Hechmann, our newest “addition” to our Sales Team at Coach in Copenhagen. He brings a vast amount of commercial shipping experience – mainly form the tanker and dry cargo segments – to our organization and he is going to play an important part in our continued growth.

Welcome onboard, Thomas!

 

Let us start with the basics, who are you?
My name is Thomas – I am 45 years old. I live in Copenhagen in a townhouse very close to the office, with my wife and 2 daughters (2 & 5 years old).

 

What is your role here at Coach Solutions?
Commercial contact with existing and new potential clients – identifying partners that will benefit from our services, by aligning needs, expectations and solutions.

Tell us your “story” before joining Coach? What have you been doing?
I am shipping educated from AP Moller-Maersk in 1998 and has since then worked for several Danish shipping companies in both Denmark and abroad. Most of my experience is from commercial tank (chartering), but also a few years in dry cargo.

Why did you join Coach?
Coach offers a unique opportunity, for me, to use my shipping experience in a tech company where digitalization and decarbonization are on top of the agenda. Furthermore, Coach is a vibrant and young company – both when it comes to the average age of my colleagues (I am actually the oldest employee now ?) and the age of the company – this creates a very agile environment with a short decision-making process.

Describe yourself as a person in a few words?
Outgoing, easy-going and happy.

What motivates and drives you – both in your professional and private life?
Trust and freedom must be the 2 keywords in my life! When I feel trusted and given freedom and responsibility to act, there is no limit to my motivational drive. Furthermore, I believe honesty to be the most critical factor in any commercial role.. Everything else is secondary in the long run.

Tell us what you are doing after “punching out” or during the weekends?
With 2 small girls, most of my time goes making sure they are happy ? so we spend a lot of time at our summerhouse (which we use all year long) where we spend time together as a family – when allowed some precious alone time I enjoy hunting, mountain biking and trips to the wilderness, mostly in Sweden.

 

Let us start with the basics, who are you?
I’m 39 years old, a father of two and married to my wife, Karen, for the last 12 years.

What is your role here at Coach Solutions?
I do a bit of everything. I support our existing and potential clients in getting the most value out of our system; I work with our product design team to figure out what will be the next exciting thing we should develop; and finally, I act as product owner towards our development team to facilitate an efficient development process.

 

Tell us your “story” before joining Coach? What have you been doing?
I started my professional life by exploring the life as a seafarer, sailing a 6-month voyage with the Training Ship “Danmark” followed by an unfinished period of sailing as an officer’s cadet with Maersk Line.

After going ashore, I took a master’s degree in Naval Architecture from DTU (Technical University of Denmark) and after graduating I started working at FORCE Technology, in the team responsible for operating the only towing tank in Denmark. There, I worked for five years with CFD based hull form optimization and ended up as the team leader of the CFD team.

Why did you join Coach?
I found the idea of moving a bit out of the relatively theoretical calculations done with CFD and into actual operational data appealing. I could also see that COACH, which was a very young company when I started, had the potential to grow into something great and that I had a chance to help do that. We have not come all the way yet, but I am very proud of the company COACH has become and the small part I have played in getting us there.

Can you take us through a typical day for you here at Coach Solutions?
Voyage related queries comes directly under my official purview. My intention is to make sure the most optimized routing is relayed to the vessel. I address specific vessel I normally start by checking if any of our clients’ vessels need an updated performance assessment and then I will have a couple of meetings during the day for sales presentations or with colleagues for discussing internal matters. The last third of my day goes with answering phone calls and emails from the clients I support with using the system.

Describe yourself as a person in a few words?
I am a reasonably extrovert generalist engineer, which helps me understand relatively complex subjects and convey them to people coming from different backgrounds than my own.

What motivates and drives you – both in your professional and private life?
I love optimizing and automating inefficient manual processes to the point where you could almost accuse me of being lazy. Apart from that, I thrive on trying to make sense of seemingly senseless structures and try to create order and predictability.

Tell us what you are doing after “punching out” or during the weekends?
I split my free time between being with my family, playing video games and being in nature – sailing, fishing, hunting and hiking being my favorites.

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