The way, forwarding agent QCS – Quick Cargo Service celebrates its feasts is legendary. Last weekend another unforgettable chapter was added to the firm’s decade-long practice of joyful events.
It was sensational, gigantic, completely overwhelming. There are hardly adequate words to describe the unique, almost indescribable and fantastically orchestrated show on the occasion of a double birthday last Saturday in the noble Kempinski Hotel in Gravenbruch near Frankfurt: Dieter Haltmayer turning 80 and his QCS – Quick Cargo Service GmbH celebrating its 40th anniversary.
All sang “happy birthday to you…”
About 280 invitees, among them many QCS staff, enjoyed every minute of the long lasting party and the stunning performances of entertainers, musicians, comedians and dancers the Haltmayer family had contracted to guarantee their employees and hand-picked guests a top class event.
They all came from near and far to honor Dieter, his family and his firm’s anniversary. Besides local hons, celebrities from the U.S., Hong Kong, UK, Peru, Italy, Finland, Russia or Portugal followed his call, just to give a quick look at how far QCS’s global network spans today. Among them were IATA’s former Head of Cargo, Des Vertannes, Emirates SkyCargo’s long-time driving force Ram Menen (ret.), Lufthansa Cargo’s Helmsman Peter Gerber or Managing Director Steven Alves of the global alliance World Cargo Marketing of which QCS was one of the initiators, and the list goes on.
Surprising special guest
One of the many highlights was Angela Merkel’s appearance. The German Chancellor’s stunning lookalike lauded QCS in her witty speech as one of the country’s showpiece companies other firms should learn from if they want to be successful in business. In that case they better not support the Social Democrats, “Angie” warned the cargo industry of establishing closer contacts to the political rivals of her conservative party.
Mrs “Merkel’s” address to the audience was followed by the appearance of a bagpipe band fascinating the guests with their traditional Scottish tunes. “Marilyn Monroe” came on to the stage next, an almost perfect double of the great American actress, followed by a dazzling violin virtuoso. Finally, and much later that evening, a scantily dressed Brazilian Samba group delighted everyone’s senses with a breathtaking show.
To be like Dieter
To put it in a nutshell: All in all it was a superb and unforgettable evening, framed by speeches, personal discussions, new or renewed contacts, tasty delicacies and drinks. Ram Menen put it in his own charming way, by saying:
“What a wonderful and memorable night it was for a wonderful person. Dieter and his family never ever seem to stop surprising me. They are great folks. When I grow up, I want to be like Dieter!”
Everybody agreed that the show needs to be repeated – at the latest, when Dieter celebrates his 90th birthday and his QCS turns 50!