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Equippo Team

Michael Rohmeder, CEO & Founder

I bought my first machine at age 14 and I’m working with heavy equipment since then! My wife and kids are very important to me and huge Equippo fans. I spent 10 years working for Ritchie Brothers and now love working with the great Equippo team on a big vision. I love making our customers happy and more successful by making difficult deals happen online and easy. Find me on Twitter @rohmeder

Philipp Knobel, CTO & Founder

I’ve been fascinated by technology since a very early age. It’s amazing to see how new technologies influence and change the way we work and live. I’m CTO at Equippo and have worked in software development for over 15 years. I enjoy spending my free time with my family outdoors, skiing, sailing, and scuba diving. Working with a great, worldwide team to build a super-easy marketplace for construction equipment makes me happy.

François Boucher, Vice President

I have dedicated most of my life to the heavy machinery industry. I worked in sales for several manufacturers and managed many auctions of construction equipment. I was born in the great French region of Brittany but now live in the city of Bruges. At Equippo I've found an international team with whom I share a common goal, making the commerce of used equipment as easy and transparent as possible!

Corentin Boucher, Auction Manager

After I drove my first dumper at the age of 8, my steps led me to the worldwide machinery industry. After years living in different countries in Asia, America and Europe, I learned the strength of multi-cultural teams and an expertise of equipment. I specialized in the auction business, and seek to offer a very different approach through a high-quality service. On my free time, I am a rugby fan/player, as well as a sailor and surfer.

Ronny Pankratz, Private Sale Director

Ronny Pankratz was co-founder and CEO of Sellma.com. He is involved in building our processes and winning customers of tomorrow for Equippo. Ronny is passionate about disruptive business models, challenging technical boundaries and passionately working to get things rolling to deliver a unique customer experience.
Ronny holds a university degree in engineering.

Alex Kazartsev, Frontend Developer

I’ve worked as a frontend developer since early 2011. At Equippo I am the frontend developer and I like helping to make the website the best it can be. Music is a huge part of my life. I play guitar and bass and enjoy mixing music in my home studio. I also enjoy sci-fi movies and popular science. I like working for Equippo because it is such a great environment and team.

David Collin, Manager, Sales & Customer Service

My languages are English, Spanish and French, and I graduated with an MBA in France. I love traveling around the world, being in contact with multi-national persons and working for a cross-cultural company such as Equippo. I love the fast-paced international business environment and everyday I try to learn more about international trading. For more than three years, I enjoy the South American lifestyle in the innovative city of Medellín, Colombia.

Yahor Zhuchkou, Software Developer

I’ve worked as web-developer since 2005 (since 2007 with Ruby). After managing a Ruby Department and leading a dev team I returned back to the web-developer role in Equippo, because it is a good possibility to create new web services, features, amazing backend and database tech and work with a very skilled international team.
I like visual astronomy, open source development, but also medieval history, festivals and knight fights. Sometime I play with fire poi aka fireshow.

Domenico Schwalb, Marketing Manager

I’m a Peruvian living in Rotterdam where I happily work for Equippo. I have been working in Marketing since 2011 and love to find different and innovative ways to reach out for customers and connect with them by offering relevant content. Before coming to the NL I enjoyed surfing awesome waves in Peru, now I like to ride my bike or skateboard and play an occasional squash match.

Silvia Diaz, Sales Support

I have always wanted to travel around the world and discover new cultures. I studied Economics in Spain and during those years, international trade inevitably caught my attention. Now I work for Equippo in the Rotterdam branch where I can enjoy a multicultural working environment and helping customers from all over the world. Besides my chef’s soul, I am also interested in photography and I am an adventure sports lover.

Ardi Sopi, Back Office and Administration

At the moment I am doing my Bachelor in Applied Science with Major in Controlling and Accounting at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences (Switzerland). In addition to studying, I enjoy using and expanding my knowledge at Equippo. The international orientation of the company enriches the daily exchange. One of my favorite pastimes is traveling, getting to know other cultures, spending time with family and friends.

Linda Mayer, Sales support

I am very happy to join Equippo and to experience working in a multinational environment surrounded by great colleagues. I enjoy helping customers in the most professional way to ensure they have the best experience. At Equippo I want to gain more experience in the area of CRM and to learn more about heavy machines. In my free time I like to read books and to travel to new countries exploring new cultures.

Jan Müller, Sales support

I am delighted that Equippo is giving me the opportunity to actively contribute my ideas to existing processes. Customer contact is very important to me, because you deal with interesting people every day and the work here never gets boring. In addition, I am on the home straight of my media studies at the TU Ilmenau, where Equippo provides me with great support.

Felix Avenarius, Sales support

I have joined Equippo with the expectation to be part of a fast-growing, ambitious, international and modern company, and I have not regretted a single day yet. I am thrilled to bring innovation into this exciting market with Equippo and to create benefits on all sides. Buzzing with energy, dynamics and creativity, I feel that I am working just at the right place. Apart from international trading I take an interest in sports, tango, and philosophy.

Marianna Fogiel, Executive Assistant

Born in Italy from Polish parents, graduated from Swiss hospitality school (2011), worked in London (UK) for over 6 years and in Monaco. I can speak Italian, Polish, English, French and have some knowledge of German and Spanish. Having had a quite international upbringing, I easily feel at home in new places and feel best when working in a multicultural environment such as Equippo! I love coffee, chocolate (even better if combined with coffee), b&w movies, travelling, jazz, meeting new people and dogs!

Maria Fernanda Cuellar, HR Specialist

I have been always fascinated about people's behaviour and their decision making processes. This interest led me to my master program in social psychology in The Netherlands. Now, I am happy to contribute to Equippo's fast growth from the position of HR specialist and to be part of its international and diverse team. I am a book lover and I am always in search of new titles.

Marti Roig Avellanet, Sales Support

I am a freshly bachelor graduated in Marketing and Communication from Andorra, thanks to my multicultural background and my passion for international business I have been able to travel a lot during my university years. I just settle in The Netherlands to start a motivating and challenging career within the sales team at Equippo. During my free time I like to do skateboard, to cook and eat cheese.

Jonas Fertig, Junior Field Sales Agent

I'm a cosmopolitan, ambitious German, whose search for new and exciting challenges ultimately led to Rotterdam, the pulsating world port city in the heart of the Netherlands. After successfully completing training to become a Management Assistant for Wholesale and Foreign Trade in Aschaffenburg, Germany, I subsequently gained professional experience in direct customer contact and am now more than excited to work and develop together with the ambitious team of Equippo and to support our sales force to the best of my knowledge.

Mark de Bruin, UX/UI Designer

Hello! My name is Mark. I’m the first in-house designer at Equippo. Ever since starting university I’ve been obsessed with digital (product) design. Started as a freelancer and later worked at startups/scale-ups where I learned a lot. Aside from my job, I love early morning workouts, (my) dogs, admiring and collecting bold tattoos, and am always on the hunt for new music — preferably metal.

Damien Ingelaere, Sales Area Manager

I am happy to join Equippo, my experience acquired for more than 10 years in industrial, mining and road equipment will allow me to help Equippo to develop and to have a professional approach in order to fully satisfy our customers. I speak French and English.

Tom von Gagern, Sales Support

Since day one I have always been passionate about working in an international environment. My interests and experiences in sales led me to Equippo here in rotterdam with a very international nice environment. Besides work, I have a big interest in films, fashion and football that I regularly play too.

Stéphane Cencelme, Sales Area Manager

I have been working for more than 20 years in the used industrial equipment trade sector, I joined Equippo for the youth and dynamism of the company, I represent Equippo on the French market and would like our customers to benefit from the company's professionalism and cosmopolitan service quality.

Minh Pham, Marketing and Listings Intern

After completing my Bachelor degree in International Communication and Media at Utrecht University of Applied Science, I started my career as a fresh graduate at the Equippo office in Rotterdam. I’m currently supporting the Communication and Marketing team, as a Communication and Listing Intern. Being a media enthusiast ever since high school, visual design and digital media is my second nature. I’m also interested in developing my analytical and organizational skills, and working in an international team with colleagues coming from various background has always been the goal that I’m aiming for after graduation, hence the reason why I’m now a part of the Equippo family. In my spare time, I like doing boxing, running, and spending time on my other passion: photography.

Thomas de Geest, Yard Manager

I have a technical background in electronics, hydraulics and various mechanics but was also active in other professions, like forest management and logistics. I've been a martial artist all my life and practise motorcycle track racing. Most of my career time was invested in the Belgian Army. Today I am happy to be part of the Equippo team where lots of enthusiasm and higher goals are mandatory. Attitude of my day: work smart – be resolute.

Christophe Simonin, Yard Manager

I have experience in the construction sector as a craftsman for more than 10 years. I gained experience in the auction sector, first as a buyer and then as a yard manager for 3 years. Today, I am happy to join the Equippo team where the desire to satisfy the customer is a daily objective. My passions are close to the mountains with hiking and snowboarding.