Management of Ratisbona Handelsimmobilien
Rudolf Schels served an apprenticeship in his parents’ food and beverage wholesaling company during the 1960s, and over the course of years developed it from a traditional-style wholesaler into a flourishing retail company. The first step toward the retail sector was the opening of his own discount shop in 1971 under the name of Sudi Superdiscount. In the early 1980s, the idea was born for the first Netto brand discounter store, which proved to be highly successful. All branches were then swiftly changed over to the new concept, and a sustained expansion thrust was initiated. In 1987, the RATISBONA company was then founded so as to support the expansion of Netto. After Rudolf Schels stepped down as Netto’s Managing Partner in 1998, Ratisbona was purposefully progressed, and is nowadays one of the biggest project developers for Germany’s, entire food and beverage retailing sector. Together with his son Sebastian, Rudolf Schels today heads the company, with several subsidiaries in Germany, and in Spain and Portugal.
Graduate of the European Business School (ebs) and Retail Property Manager (IRE|BS) with more than 14 years of experience in property project development. Since joining the family firm RATISBONA in 2006, he has been responsible for the successful planning and completion of more than 400 retailing properties in Germany and abroad. From 2009 until 2013 he lived in Spain and Portugal where he was leading Ratisbona Iberia. Sebastian Schels is a partner in RATISBONA Holding and Managing Director of the three national companies, intimately involved in the projects and liaising closely with the clients. Together with his father Rudolf Schels, the preconditions are being put in place for the success story to continue in the fourth entrepreneurial generation.
Gregor Volk provides more than twenty years of experience in the institutional capital- and real estate market. Before entering RATISBONA Handelsimmobilien he occupied leading positions amongst others at Invesco, Fidelity, La Francaise, Deutsche Bank and Universal Investment. The native-born Rhinelander acquired a business administration degree as well as a graduation as CEFA-Investmentanalyst DVFA. In addition Gregor Volk studied at the Helmut-Schmidt-University of Hamburg and at the EBS Real Estate Management Institute in Oestrich-Winkel.
Deputy Managing Director
More than 20 years of experience in senior positions at some of Germany’s leading retail companies. Responsible for the successful completion of more than 400 commercial properties in Germany and other European nations. His particular expertise lies in the interdisciplinary intermeshing of property-specific agreements, planning and construction work.
Deputy Managing Director
MBA (BTE) with more than 20 years of professional experience in retailing and project development for retailing properties. The beginnings in his parents’ wholesaling firm were followed by spells with food/beverage and textile retailers, plus several years working as a project manager in municipal consultancy, focusing primarily on locational development. This was followed by branch network development in field sales for an internationally operating, highly expansive retailer in the textile sector. He has been with RATISBONA since 2007, and has played a crucial role in the firm’s expansion and in project development. As Deputy Managing Director responsible for the entire process control functions in the field of investment properties, liaising closely with the investor, irrespective of whether a private individual or an institutional portfolio purchaser is involved.
Deputy Managing Director
Christian Ehrnsberger provides over twenty years experience in the industry and banking sector and has already been working in leading positions in various companies. Before entering RATISBONA Handelsimmobilien, he was commercial manager at RAIL.ONE GmbH, a manufacturer for concrete sleepers and track systems for mainline and urban rail traffic. Between 2001 and 2011 he held different leading positions at the Pfleiderer Group, recently as head of controlling of the business centre Western Europe. Furthermore Mr. Ehrnsberger was leading the central risk controlling of enterprises of the UniCredit-Group over several years.
Co-Country Manager (Iberian Manager)
In 2003, with a degree in Civil Engineering started his career as a Project Manager, coordinating the Engineering/Technical Department of a Construction / Promotion Company. In January 2007 was invited to join Ratisbona to coordinate and manage construction sites. By the end of 2007 António was designated Head of the Engineering/Technical Department. In 2008 was appointed co-representative of the company in Portugal. By the end of 2011 was nominated as General Manager of Ratisbona for the operation in Portugal. Finished the MBA in AESE/IESE by June 2014 and since October 2015 is Managing Director for Iberia.