EXPAT LIFE – Bring your hobby with you

 As mentioned in my last blog entry I attended a week-long woodworking course in Metten, Germany. The course happened to have been taught by Garrett Hack, one of the most respected and talented woodworkers in the US. During the course one thing struck me, and it was not a board falling on my head… 😉 No, it occurred to me just how important it is to bring a hobby with you when you move abroad. Since I was a kid I have loved woodworking. During the time I lived in Marblehead, Massachusetts I had a woodshop in the basement of my house. Yet during the final stages of my move to Germany I sold all of my woodworking machines and tools. This was difficult for me, but at the time I felt it was worth it because I really wanted to start my new life as an expat in Germany. A few years after living and working in Germany I discovered that I really missed woodworking. In 2006, the year after I married my second wife, we bought a house just south of Munich, including a good-sized garage. This – and the encouragement of my lovely wife – gave me the opportunity to rebuild a woodshop. Now, before I travel back to the US for business and when I am home in Europe I look for and take courses where I can. This has given me a great creative outlet, inspires me at Hull Speed Associates and it adds joy to my life.

 So while planning your transfer as part of your company’s expansion abroad, don’t forget to bring your hobby with you. It will help you integrate into the local culture in a more profound and fun way.

About expandingabroad

William (Bill) K. Hite Following a successful twenty-four career with Venture Capital backed IT companies, financial services and public accounting industries, Bill Hite founded Hull Speed Associates to meet a clear market need: assisting companies in expanding abroad with a comprehensive range of services including Back Office, Technical Advisory and Professional Services. Working, living and traveling in Europe for the last 17 years, Bill built upon his experience and knowledge of doing business in Europe, Asia and the USA. He founded several IT businesses, held a key role in a successful NASDAQ IPO and has solid experience in M&A activities, international expansion and corporate restructurings. In working closely with a number of clients over the last years to build and expand their businesses globally, Bill noticed a need for key services that could be bundled to benefit companies expanding abroad. Apart from the cultural and linguistic barriers that companies expanding abroad may face, there are many financial, legal and tax implications in deciding to expand operations to Europe, Asia or the USA. Hull Speed Associates works in tandem with each client to define their immediate and long-term needs, and how Hull Speed Associates can best support each client to ensure cost and time efficiencies. Working with a skilled team of specialists within his extensive network in Germany, the Netherlands, the UK, France and the USA, Bill operates on the principle of a single point of contact for his clients’ senior management. Bill began his career with Coopers & Lybrand in Boston, Massachusetts, and he holds a BS in Accounting from Oklahoma State University. He has held senior positions at TLP Leasing Programs, ON Technology Corporation, Networks Unlimited and Collax. He currently lives in the Bavarian countryside south of Munich with his lovely wife and 2 kids, but can frequently be found at airports across Europe and the USA
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