Team

barbara_ostermeier_m._a.

Barbara Ostermeier M. A.

Managing director/PR Consulting
Hails from?
The city of birth (Nuremberg) and the zodiac sign (Aquarius) have been confirmed.

The story so far?
Studied communications, market and advertising psychology at LMU Munich. She worked in a PR agency parallel to her studies. On graduating, she founded the HighTech communications agency. Other qualifications: Social Media Manager (Deutsche Presseakademie).

And at HighTech communications?
She's everyone's boss

Interests/hobbies?
Her cats Sushi and Mrs. Brösl, her horses Wendika and Atze, literature, booking and canceling holidays.

Strengths?
In the opinion of employees and customers: Strong organizational talents combined with an outstanding feel for quality and inexhaustible humor.
peter_kronfeld_m._a.

Peter Kronfeld M. A.

Managing director/PR Consulting/Blogger
Hails from?
The North German coast, where he was washed up during the 1962 storm.

The story so far?
Studied politics, economics, and communications in Munich. Following graduation, he worked as project manager for a number of PR and marketing agencies. Switched to industry. His last stint was as marketing/sales manager for FAST Multimedia AG. Partner with HighTech communications since April 2000.

And at HighTech communications?
Strategy consulting and campaign planning.

Interests/hobbies?
Sports/volleyball and American management literature ("Who on earth gave Germans permission to write about management and marketing?").

Strengths?
Eating ice cream, finding cookies - while dashing off a comprehensive communication concept at the same time.
brigitte_basilio

Brigitte Basilio

PR coordination
Hails from?
The Dachau district. Since 1978. Nearly became an April Fools' Day joke.

The story so far?
After the first three steps, bank training, secondary vocational school, business studies while working, I found my way into the fascinating world of the PR trade through professional press relations training at the Journalist's Academy. A traineeship at a Munich PR agency yielded further hands-on experience.

And at HighTech communications?
PR Consultant. Always on the spot to take up the "target coordinates" and for any and all concerns that our clients may also have in mind.

Interests/hobbies?
Most recently, dwarf hamsters. For some time now, art ("Who's coming along to the next exhibition?" And when wielding a brush myself: preferably with acrylic paint).

Strengths?
Focussed organisation and everything under control. And if chaos does break out sometime: then a pack of nuts in the drawer helps to keep strong nerves.
marcus_planckh_m._a.

Marcus Planckh M. A.

PR Copy editor
Hails from?
Baptised with Rhine water in 1968 but raised and at home in the Augsburg area.

The story so far?
Philosophical, American, and political science studies at the Augsburg University, trainee and editorial staff member with a specialist publisher, more than a decade of experience in the fields of IT and electronics.

And at HighTech communications?
PR Copy editor

Interests/hobbies?
Medieval object culture and historical fencing. Turns his findings into practice as a medieval actor in hand-sewn garments. Harmless otherwise.

Strengths?
Communicating technicalities intelligibly. Devoting himself to the strangest products of the clients of his.
ingeborg_kurz_m._a.

Ingeborg Kurz M. A.

Media planning/Editing
Hails from?
She saw her first glimmer of sunshine in the summer of 1954 in Stuttgart, the city nestled between forests and vineyards. A few years later she moved to Munich to study history, and thereafter remained loyal to the Bavarian media metropolis.

The story so far?
She earned her Master of Arts in history and art science at LMU Munich. After graduating, she worked as proofreader, copy editor, duty editor, editor-in-chief, production manager, project manager, Web administrator, and layout artist for a number of different publishers and agencies.

And at HighTech communications?
Inge coordinates the various HighTech communications activities. She is the direct contact person for media.

Interests/hobbies?
Packing her backpack and setting off to explore, travel, discover - when she has time. Also: seeing, experiencing, and understanding. Learning languages, if not perfectly then at least as many as possible.

Strengths?
Professional experience has taught her to stay calm and poised even amid the turmoil of agency work. Flexibility is her mainstay. After all, there is no such thing as problems, there are only challenges.
peter_prasilik

Peter Prasilik

Web-Development/Artwork
Hails from?
Munich is where he has lived since 1977. He was born in the Taxis Street, and now lives in the outback in Gröbenzell (with direct commuter train link to High Tech communications).

The story so far?
Studied sound engineering. Then seven years as independent media designer before joining the HighTech communications team.

And at HighTech communications?
Lord of the Pixels: visuals, Web design and programming.

Interests/hobbies?
Photography, his two daughters.

Strengths?
Combining creativity and efficiency - with deadlines looming.
sara_coromines

Sara Coromines

Pre-press and graphics/picture retouching
Hails from?
Sara is a half-Italian native of Milan who has called the northernmost city in Italy home for many years.

The story so far?
Sara has always had a soft spot for small, yet high-quality agencies. That’s because they offer everything she likes about her work – direct contact with renowned clients and close collaboration within a team. She loves passing on her many years of experience in creative image retouching and prepress to juniors at agencies by giving them a bit of mentoring throughout their training.

And at HighTech communications?
She has worked in the prepress and graphics/picture retouching department since April 2018.

Interests/hobbies?
Depending on her mood and workload, she oscillates between salsa dancing and doing yoga in her free time. Apart from that, she is a typical Italian mama who loves spending time with her kids.

Strengths?
She blends German rigour with a dash of Italian passion. Mamma mia, che buono!
carola_zeck

Carola Zeck

PR editor
Hails from?
As a proud northern Bavarian, she had trouble switching from grilled bratwurst to boiled veal sausages when she first moved to Munich in 1999. In the meantime, she’s become a big fan of ‘real’ sweet mustard.

The story so far?
When she was little, she dreamed of putting bad guys behind bars. But she later found a part-time job in marketing and has enjoyed working in this field for nearly 20 years. She’s been a copywriter, press officer, event manager, instructor, professional author and even held a management position.

And at HighTech communications?
PR-Editor.

Interests/hobbies?
She has a sweet tooth and a penchant for international treats such as liquorice ice-cream from Sweden, dark chocolate from Italy, scones from England – the list goes on and on...

Strengths?
She is head over heels in love with products and services that are almost impossible to explain.
turgay_albayrak

Turgay Albayrak

Web Design & Development
Hails from?
He was born in Soma, Turkey in 1968, but has lived in Germany since he was old enough to go to kindergarten.

The story so far?
In a past life, Turgay did an apprenticeship to become a machine fitter. Thankfully (for us) he then discovered typography – albeit, in the form of a spray can. We wonder if it’s still possible to track down some of his old tags... Anyway, Web design became his new calling in 1995. You could say it was kismet that he ended up at our agency.

And at HighTech communications?
Web Design & Development

Interests/hobbies?
Turgay gets his kicks manning the turntables as a DJ, but also loves taking photographs, especially of people.

Strengths?
He’s very much a guy next door.
peter_wrba_

Peter Wrba

3D Artist
Hails from?
Born in summer 1967 right next to the river Isar and grew up there. Settled after many years of traveling at the lake Ammer.

The story so far?
Studied music in Munich and New York City. Managed twice to turn his hobby into his career: First with his music performing at many concerts and in studios as drummer for various bands. Then 3D animations.

And at HighTech communications?
Responsible for 3D animations, live action films, sound design and post-production – from the initial idea to the final cut.

Interests/hobbies?
Music and 3D animation. See above.

Strengths?
More than 20 years production experience as a digital artist and musician: He has developed a precise attention to detail, has a vision for impact and has perfected his professionalism with regard to organization, working methods and equipment.
guido_unger

Guido Unger

Web Development/Typo3
Hails from?
He is able to say: “I am a Berliner”– born there in 1967, so before Berlin became the capital of Germany. He is half-Italian and multilingual in addition to the Berlin dialect.

The story so far?
Solid education in industrial business management – then became a diving instructor. Submerged many years abroad to avoid being restricted to German quarry ponds. Then dived into the World Wide Web and became a Typo3 expert.

And at HighTech communications?
Typo3, Typo3, Typo3.

Interests/hobbies?
Everything that gets him off the ground: Model-flying, paragliding, diving ....

Strengths?
Probably even makes his coffee using a Typo3 plugin. Years of experience with CMS-solutions, searches and finds solutions – also helped by being well networked and connected within the community.
simone_kronfeld

Simone Kronfeld

Accounting
Hails from?
Was born in Munich in 1970 and, at an early age, showed a natural inclination for building blocks rather than dolls.

The story so far?
Graduated as construction engineer, worked a year as builder, then in an architect's bureau, and another year redecorating her home with her husband Peter and his two left hands. Later she switched from tiles to files.

And at HighTech communications?
Accounting from A to Z and 1 to n.

Interests/hobbies?
Volleyball, horseback riding, building.

Strengths?
Booking numbers to accounts just as accurately as she sends the tennis ball over the net.