William B. Lingenfelser

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My job is to help make the people around me successful – not make their job more difficult

Position: General Manager, Kosan Crisplant North America – part of MAKEEN Energy
Education: Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Business, CPA (Certified Public Accountant) licence since 2005
Employed since: 2012

How did your career start out?

My very first job was tearing tickets at a local movie theatre when I was 16 years old. But some years and an education later, I got my first real job as a staff accountant. By that time, I had a bachelor’s degree in accounting and business from Drury University in Springfield, Missouri, so the job as a staff accountant was perfect. I worked with public accounting and did taxes and audits for large businesses mainly in the banking industry.

How has your career developed at MAKEEN Energy?

I stepped through the doors of Kosan Crisplant North America (part of MAKEEN Energy, ed.) for the very first time on 11 October 2012 – and as you’ve probably guessed, I still do that on a daily basis. I started out as a financial controller, but today I hold the position of General Manager.

So, it’s now my responsibility to oversee the day to day operations of our office and make sure that we use our resources in the best way possible to meet our objectives. Moreover, I am also the link between the American office in Missouri and the headquarters in Denmark. It is my job to communicate with the management in Denmark to ensure that we meet the overall company objectives.

What do you think is the most important skills in your role?

In the role of General Manager, I believe that the interpersonal aspect is crucial. Being able to build and motivate a team of well-qualified people is the most important skill set to succeed in a position like this.

As a manager, it is also very important to be able to trust and delegate to the people around you. You should rest assured that they will do their job without micromanaging. I never want to be a bottleneck that holds people back. My job is to help make the people around me successful – not to make their job more difficult.

What is it like working at MAKEEN Energy?

I believe that working at MAKEEN Energy is truly rewarding. I feel that the management encourages us to maintain a healthy work/life balance, and that they value and respect everyone and every opinion. That’s part of their core values, and they never waiver from them.

Personally, I also love the combination of local and global. I love being part of a local team in a global organisation – that is still small enough to feel like family. And I feel that the management at our headquarters in Denmark believes in the strengths of both small and big scale. They trust us to make the local decisions here in North America and at the same time offer support when we need it.

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