Joerg Kemkes | Rueter Partner

Joerg Kemkes

Rueter Partner
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What do you consider yours and/or your company’s biggest strength during COVID-19?
When impairments were showing up on the horizon, we switched to “work from home” very early on. Within 10 days our entire team was working remotely (100 people) and, due to the fact we went completely digital five years ago, there was no interruption in servicing our clients, no one could see/feel a difference. This is particularly notable since we are a traditional German company (CPA Firm) and not a Silicon Valley start-up.

We assigned one member of our team to prepare daily updates about the various stimulus packages offered by the German government and tailored these for our clients.

What is your greatest current frustration?
The unpredictability of further developments regarding the virus and the contradictory measures taken.

What is the best advice you have ever been given?
To believe in your dreams, to follow your heart and never, really never give up. Don’t stop believing. Ignore all the “realistic” voices.

What book(s) are you currently reading?
“Tales of the City”, a total of 9 volumes, and I just finished the 4th one. It helps me with the fact that I can’t explore and enjoy San Francisco as I usually do. Whenever I finish a volume, I interject one other book, right now “All Adults Here” by Emma Straub. Although it is touching on really critical personal issues, it is a “feel good” book just to lighten the mood. I think every reader can find something of one’s self in this book.

What excites you most about ACGSV? How do you get the most out of your sponsorship?
When I came here with the assignment to open our West Coast office, one of my tasks was to find a high caliber networking organization. As everyone knows, there is no scarcity of events here in Silicon Valley. After doing my due diligence there was only one option, ACG Silicon Valley. ACGSV gave me the opportunity to connect with leaders and experienced entrepreneurs, all connected with extraordinary thought leadership skills and the willingness to help the “new kid in town.”

Besides the professional support, I was also able to find true friendships through this organization and it makes me proud to be a board member and help its further development.