On Wednesday, 7 March, KIESELMANN management invited people to the annual “Leadership Event”. The evening event is a much-awaited surprise bag every year. Until the departure of the bus in front of the KIESELMANN main building, the participants do not know where the journey was headed. This year brought the leadership and their male or female companions to Mannheim. No sooner had they passed the town sign of the square city, they could already see the destination of the evening: the Radio Regenbogen Harald Wohlfahrt Palazzo. In the Art Nouveau pavilion, refined four-course menus provide culinary delights from the 3-star chef Harald Wohlfahrt and a varied show programme ensured the participants were amazed. A quarter of a million enthusiastic visitors have been immersed in the unique world of enjoyment and sensual pleasures since its start 19 years ago. The Palazzo guests make their pilgrimages to Mannheim from Berlin, Hamburg, Münster, Munich - and on 7 March also from Knittlingen.
Reception and farewell
Words of farewell were said at a reception area reserved for KIESELMANN that evening: Günter Plag officially said goodbye. For 48 years he was the HR manager at KIESELMANN. Now he has retired. He and his wife were seated in two stylish red leather armchairs. Visibly stirred, Mr. Plag and his wife listened to the words of KIESELMANN managing director Klaus Dohle. He talked about their time together and the things that Günter Plag had initiated as HR manager. For over four decades, he shaped the HR department of the company through his unique personality.
Acrobatics and culinary arts
Afterwards, the good-humoured company around KIESELMANN managing director Klaus Dohle took a seat to enjoy breathtaking acrobatics and refinements from the kitchen. 30 international artists showed an intoxicating potpourri of artistry: starting with “Golden Dream”, an air piece by the athletes Ambra Faggioni and Yves Nicols, who moved up and down from the ceiling on ropes - then to Pavel Voladas on the quad, who flew weightlessly from pole to pole sometimes blindfolded - followed by the “Kung Fu Boys” from China, who hopped up a flight of stairs on their heads - then a clumsy slapstick trampoline number from “Professor Wacko” - and finally acrobats from the “Above the Clouds” ensemble from St. Petersburg, who catapulted from two so-called Russian swings across the heads of the visitors through the air. The whole thing was framed by the Palazzo dancers and humorous anecdotes by the comedy and drag artists Chris Kolonko and Joy Peters.
No less acrobatic were the tastes: marinated black tiger prawns in panko flour, red ice sea trout on pickled pumpkin vegetables; glazed guinea fowl breast on kaffir lime risotto, and as a vegetarian variant couscous on oriental spices with glazed pak choi. Perfectly flavoured and served at the same time to500 guests.
An extremely successful event, which brought the team closer together. The management thanked the leadership team for the successes of the anniversary year with this special surprise evening. In 2017 KIESELMANN celebrated its 80th anniversary.