Category Archives: Business Leader

Mike Baur: Making His Dreams Come True by Making Others Realize Their Dreams

Born in Freiburg, Switzerland, and schooled at Bern University and the University of Rochester, Mike Baur had always dreamt of becoming a business maestro in the country. In the early 1990s, a teenager Mike Baur set the ball rolling in the business and finance sector by joining the Union Bank of Switzerland. Managers at the bank were impressed by Mike’s skills and tipped him for greatness in future.

 

 

Banking Career

 

 

Mike Baur stayed at the Union Bank of Switzerland for 17 years before quitting in 2008. Prior to quitting, he was serving as an investment advisor where he rubbed shoulders with the big and mighty in the Swiss investment arena. His responsibilities included guiding investors attached to the bank on matters of banking as well as how, where, and when to invest.

 

After leaving UBS, Mike’s next destination was Clariden Leu where he served as a wealth management expert for six years. Over the six years, he was promoted to high-ranking positions and got high compensations. However, the banking industry was becoming too monotonous for Mike – he felt unchallenged. He decided to leave everything behind and focus on helping young and upcoming tech start-up owners to grow their trade.

 

 

The Swiss Startup Factory

 

Mike reached out to his college mate Mr. Max Meister with whom they started the Swiss Startup Factory in 2014. The company has an incubator program that not only funds start-ups but also provides them with rent-free offices in Zurich for three months. During that time, startup owners are mentored and trained on how to market their products both locally and internationally. They are also given a platform through which they interact with renowned investors who in most cases buy their business plan and decide to finance them. At the end of the three months, the upcoming tech entrepreneurs set out on their own with an added benefit of having a reliable network of other tech start-ups.

 

The Swiss Startup Factory has made the dreams of many come true, and by extension, it has impacted positively on the Swiss economy. As such, Mike Baur has attracted admiration not just in his home country but also globally. He has shown the world that dedication and self-discipline can indeed accelerate one’s dreams and at the same time help others accomplish their dreams.

 

Think Reloaded

 

Besides the Swiss Startup Factory, Mike Baur is the founder of Think Reloaded. Unlike the former, which looks into the affairs of upcoming tech entrepreneurs, the latter helps established and affluent entrepreneurs with investment advice.

Louis Chenevert: The Outstanding Business Executive Who Made UTC Roar Again

Louis Chenevert spent his entire childhood and youthful life in Montreal, Quebec. He did his degree in business at the University of Montreal, and that formed the basis of his exemplary career in the corporate world. Today, and for the last eleven years, Louis Chenevert was the chairman and the CEO of United Technologies Corporation (UTC) until 2014. His remarkable management and strategizing skills make him stand out as an exceptional business executive and gives him that golden touch that makes him strike business deals that others consider untouchable.

Chenevert’s Successful Journey

For more than ten years after graduation, Chenevert was employed with General Motors. By the time he was quitting the company in 1993, he had risen through the ranks to the position of production general manager. The job was a fantastic stepping stone for him for it not only gave him exposure in the corporate world, but it also gave him a taste of the privileges and challenges that come with being an executive at a big company. When he later joined Pratt & Whitney, he put the experience he had obtained at General Motors to good use, and within the first six years, it was clear to everyone that Mr. Chenevert was the best bet for the company’s presidency.

Louis Chenevert assumed the presidency of Pratt & Whitney Canada in 1999. Under his leadership, the unit production levels at the company rose to unprecedented levels to the delight of all. After seven years in charge, Chenevert decided to leave Pratt & Whitney and take up a job that UTC offered him.

Taking UTC to a Higher Level

UTC manufacture high-technology products, such as heavy jet engines. The company is also doing well in the refrigeration and air-conditioning industry and is keen to become the industry leader in the sector. Through making huge investments both in human resource and technology, Chenevert managed to take UTC to a higher level. It was under his leadership that UTC led the chart of American conglomerates with the highest annual profits.