Handheld CEO World Tour 2018: Agenda Follow the Tour below

26 March - 1 April: Final stops in India and UAE

Final stops in India and UAE

Before Jerker headed home to the Handheld HQ in Sweden he managed to visit a couple of more interesting companies in India and the United Arab Emirates.

The last two stops on the 2018 year’s CEO World Tour brought Handheld CEO Jerker Hellström to Hyderabad, India and Dubai, UAE.

In Hyderabad, he met Anuradha and Madhu from Geosensors, which is a company manufacturing resistivity meters and water level indicators.

Geosensors are also an authorized Handheld distributor, and Jerker’s visit looks like an appreciated one. 

Meeting with Geosensors

Moving on from India Jerker also paid a visit to Alliance Infotech in Dubai, UAE. He met up with Arun Prasad to learn more about the company which supplies hardware, provides infrastructural solutions and customizes software.

After being on the road for nearly a month Jerker made it home to Sweden on the first of April without any troubles.

We would like to address a huge thanks to all the companies visited during the tour for the warm welcome and the interesting meetings. Also, big thanks to everyone being part of the tour along the way.

In the near future, there will be some more travelling for our CEO so make sure to keep your eyes open for upcoming activities that we’ll share with you.

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Auckland and Melbourne plus Formula 1 start

Except for being in the middle of the Volvo Ocean Race in Auckland, Jerker also had some meetings before moving on to Melbourne, Australia where another meeting and even more world-class racing activities took place.

As mentioned, Jerker participated in quite a few meetings in Auckland during his stay. He met with representatives from Pocket Solutions Ltd, Data over Radio Ltd, as well as Carter. 

Lunch meeting

Lunch meeting with Stuart Oehlrich, Director, Pocket Solutions Ltd and Gary Ertel, Managing Director, Data Over Radio Ltd.

After the successful days spent in Auckland Jerker got ready for the next destination – Melbourne, Australia. In Melbourne, he visited Gamma Solutions which is a provider of barcode scanning and printing solutions.

Luckily, once again, the start of the Formula 1 season happened to start with the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne during Jerker’s stay.

Sebastian Vettel won the race after managing to get past Lewis Hamilton who started in pole position due to a perfect pit stop.

The Swedish hope Marcus Eriksson had to cancel his wishes for any racing points this weekend after problems with the car’s hydraulic during the eighth lap.

Formula 1

Our CEO witnessed the start of the Formula 1 season live at Albert Park Circuit in Melbourne, Australia.

Jerker’s last stops on the tour are now approaching with stays in Hyderabad, India and Dubai, UAE before flying home to Sweden.

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17-18 March: Nice timing arriving to Auckland

Nice timing arriving to Auckland

After crossing several time zones flying from LA to Auckland, Jerker made it just in time for the 7th leg of Volvo Ocean Race starting in the city’s Viaduct Harbour. The race itself also brings back memories to the 2011-2012 edition where Handheld’s rugged tablets were featured.

Our CEO has now been moving on from the US to spend a few days in New Zealand before heading over to Australia. He was lucky to arrive to the “City of Sails” just in time for the start of the 7th leg of Volvo Ocean Race taking place in the harbour just outside the hotel.

Viaduct harbour

Auckland Viaduct Harbour has quite an impressive line-up of guests.

ocean race crowd

Race day means high activity in the harbour.

Except for the race being a really spectacular worldwide event, Jerker also found it particularly interesting since the Handheld Algiz 7 rugged tablet was used for onboard navigation and communication on PUMA’s Mar Mostro (Monster of the Sea) in Volvo Ocean Race a few years back...

mar mostro

Tom Addis, navigator onboard PUMA’s Mar Mostro.

Check out the complete case study covering the use of the Algiz 7 rugged tablet in Volvo Ocean Race.

In the next post, we’ll certainly be seeing more of Auckland as well as encounter a few new companies that Jerker is visiting during his stay.

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14-15 March: Last meetings in the us

Last meetings in the US

The last Handheld colleague in the US to join Jerker for a couple of days on his CEO World Tour is Damon Ogando, Regional Sales Manager, Western U.S. and Canada. Together they’ve been visiting companies in Seattle as well as in San Diego.

On the 14th of March, the two went by boat to visit Azima which is a provider of predictive maintenance analytical services. Well there, they met up with Michael De Maria, Director of Product Management and Brian D Bruce, Director of Manufacturing. 

Meeting Azima

Jerker with Michael and Brian from Azima.

After the meeting, Damon and Jerker had to catch an evening flight to San Diego in order to make it to next day’s meeting with another corporation.  

In San Diego, the two visited Cubic, a company that provides services within defence, security and transportation.

This was the last meeting in the US on the tour as our CEO now is heading over to the Oceania or more particularly New Zealand and Australia.

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Going further north

Day two starting from Chicago contained a full day of meetings and travel. Frank and Jerker managed to both meet several companies as well as get to the airport in time despite a downburst of snow that caused quite a slowdown.

The first meeting kicking off the last day in Chicago was with Premier Electronics which is a company specialized in data mobility solutions. Later on, the two drove up to Kenosha, Wisconsin to visit Gigatrak Process Tech Solutions where a successful meeting took place as seen in the image below.

Meeting Gigatrak

After that, Frank and Jerker made their way back to Illinois to meet representatives from barcoding solution company BIZ120 where discussions around the future of rugged computers took place.

Leaving that meeting and heading off to O’Hare International Airport a downburst of snow quickly started to cover the road making the trafficability a real challenge. 

Leaving Chicago

Luckily they were close to the airport leaving Jerker with enough time to catch his flight to Seattle.

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12 March: Visiting barcoding companies in Chicago

Visiting barcoding companies in Chicago

Jerker has now made his way to Chicago linking up with Frank Arico who is Regional Sales Manager, Central U.S and Canada for Handheld US. Together they have met with several companies in Chicago as well as further up north.

On the agenda for the first morning in Chicago was a meeting with Barcoding Inc. where Matt Cunningham, Vice President for sales (seen with Jerker in the right-bottom image) introduced Jerker and Frank to their Technology Integration Center.

Barcodes Inc.

In the afternoon the two visited Barcodes Inc. which is another big company in the barcoding technology market in North America. Below we see their representative Raul Cepeda, Director of Product Management alongside Jerker.

Finally, there was also some time left to spend in downtown Chicago where the sculpture Cloud Gate (often nicknamed as The Bean because of its shape) is located.

The Bean

Jerker and the Nautiz X9 in front of The Bean.

Next up on the tour are more meetings with interesting companies of which you can soon read more about here.

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10-11 March: Florida sight-seeing

Florida sight-seeing

Going out on a world tour does as noticed not only include interesting meetings with companies but also when there’s time, exploration of the areas that are being visited. During the last days in Florida, Jerker and Jim headed out for some sight-seeing of the surroundings.

Since weather allowed, the two went by boat and spotted a house familiar to many Swedes, (and perhaps to a few others as well). In the picture to the bottom left you can spot the house belonging to famous Swedish golfer Jesper Parnevik.

Nowadays, the house and the whole Parnevik family are in the spotlight due to a popular Swedish TV-show, called “The Parneviks”.

On the picture to the bottom right there’s an entrance gate to another property owned by a well-known person, namely the President of the United States, Donald Trump.

Then, you might be wondering why Jerker has got his head between the cheeks of a crocodile in one of the pictures…? Well, the image was being captured in the area of where Vince “Trapper” Nelson established himself as a trapper, hunter and zoo founder.

Nelson is best known for creating his own zoo filling it with exotic and wild animals on the shore of the Loxahatchee River. The zoo became a popular spot to visit for local and national celebrities in the 1940s and 1950s, making Nelson locally known as “Tarzan of the Loxahatchee”.

Next stop on Jerker’s CEO world tour is Chicago where new meetings and experiences will take place. Make sure to keep an eye open either here, or on our social media channels to keep track of upcoming events and happenings from the tour. 

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8-9 March: action-filled days with universal

Action-filled day with Universal

Another day in Orlando means another day of new meetings and experiences. During these days our CEO met a couple of companies including representatives from Universal who took him on an adventurous ride on their roller coaster RockIt.

After linking up with representatives from Universal, Jerker and Jim got invited to try out the RockIt ride in the Universal Theme Park. 

Universal RockIt ride

As we can see in this capture from the ride it looks like the two had an action-filled experience on the roller coaster which reaches to speeds over 65 mph (105 km/h).

Stay tuned for the next update which will show more of Orlando and also some well-known properties for many of us.

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8 March: Meeting with Geo Networking

Meeting with Geo Networking

During the first couple of days, Jerker Hellström has been well received in Orlando, Florida, both by the people and the weather. In the picture above, we see some views from the hotel and a capture from a lunch meeting with Handheld US President and CEO Jim Rimay and Geo Networking’s CEO and founder Shawn Greer.

Geo Networking is one of the first companies that Jerker, together with colleagues, are visiting on the tour. It is a company which provides GIS and surveying solutions and has done so for a decade.

Shawn Greer, the founder and CEO of Geo Networking, is a certified expert in the area and has got loads of experience from it. Surely, a lot of knowledge got shared during the meeting which started off the tour in the US in a good way.

Before leaving Orlando and moving on to other destinations in the states there are quite a few happenings left for our CEO. You can read more about these in the upcoming posts, alternatively look out for them on our social media channels:

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5 March: Let's Go (Landvetter-London- JFK- Orlando)

CEO tour

The CEO World Tour of 2018 started off by Jerker flying from Landvetter via Heathrow, JFK and finally ending up arriving in Orlando, FL.

When in place, Jerker met up with colleagues Jim Rimay, Frank Arico and Damon Ogando from Handheld US whom will be joining him on the tour while traveling in the states.

They’ll be having a busy schedule containing everything from business meetings to more spare time-related activities.

During the coming days, we will be posting more info regarding this and everything else that happens on Jerker’s tour around the world.

In the meantime, we’re giving you a throwback to the latest CEO World Tour which took place in 2016 and contained some special encounters and moments, (to say at least).

Also, make sure to keep your eyes open on our social media channels where shorter updates always are at your hands.

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