Marco Maier has taken over the management of APZ-MKK
Photo: MKK press officeFreitag, 27.01.2023
MAIN-KINZIG-KREIS – “I’m really looking forward to my new job”, with these words Marco Maier started as the new managing director of the old people’s and care centers of the Main-Kinzig-Kreis (APZ-MKK) at the beginning of December. He thus succeeded the previous managing director Reinhold Walz, who temporarily headed the district-owned company after the premature death of Dieter Bien.
In the first few days, he was already under intense pressure and took advantage of a variety of opportunities to get to know the company and the people who work there. Because Maier, who describes himself as a team player, has decided to listen a lot for the first six months. An important topic that stands above everything is sustainability, be it in building issues, in resource management and above all in personnel, he confirmed in a conversation with the first district councilor and chairwoman of the supervisory board, Susanne Simmler.
“If the employees feel good, the people who need care entrusted to us are also doing well. This includes employees being able to work independently and creatively. This is the only way we can find good solutions together,” Simmler and Maier agreed. The new managing director describes his management style as friendly and respectful. “Everyone should feel that they are important and valued. I want to take people with me, motivate them and do better,” he emphasizes.
He would like to further develop the APZ-MKK together with his deputy Reinhold Walz, the entire company management and the employees and lead it into a good future. The native of Lower Franconia (Miltenberg district) can already look back on many years of experience in geriatric care, which additionally qualifies him for the new job, confirms the first district councilor Susanne Simmler.
Marco Maier is a passionate geriatric nurse
The 50-year-old industrial clerk discovered his passion for care while doing community service in a care facility in Aschaffenburg. Marco Maier then completed an apprenticeship as a geriatric nurse and worked on the basis of people for six years. After catching up on his Abitur, he deepened his knowledge and expanded it to include scientific knowledge as part of a degree in nursing management and nursing science in Darmstadt.
The next step in his career was not long in coming and Marco Maier took over the nursing directorate of Arbeiterwohlfahrt in Würzburg, after which he was appointed deputy managing director of the Bavarian Red Cross. It was finally back to his roots in geriatric care when he received the offer to take over the management of the care facility where he had completed his civilian service and got to know geriatric care. Some time later he became managing director of the local and district association of Caritas Aschaffenburg. In 2012 he also successfully completed further training to become an international business coach.
Marco Maier is now taking on a new challenge in the Main-Kinzig district with the management of the district-owned company with currently 13 care facilities in the region. “This renowned care company and the Main-Kinzig district with its lived responsibility convinced me,” says Maier, explaining his decision.
In an interview with the first district councillor, he also directs the focus to one of the greatest challenges: “The problem of the shortage of skilled workers is partly the result of insufficient lobbying for the indispensable and responsible nursing profession. Even if a change in thinking is now taking place, a large gap remains. It is therefore a permanent management task to find qualified employees, to promote them and to bind them to our company in the long term.” (red)