Inside REVEN – Interview with Zoltan Kiss

Zoltan Kiss manages REVEN’s aerosol particle measurement technology and final assembly of X-CYCLONE air cleaners for the machine tool industries. His background is the electronics, which he can contribute excellently in these areas of responsibility.

In the spirit of our “Inside REVEN” project, we will now introduce Zoltan Kiss through an interview, as a further piece of introduce these persons who make REVEN and who are REVEN.

Zoltan with his chief engineer vehicle at an international aid operation in the Philippines after the super typhoon Haiyan

Zoltan if you could meet a famous personality – whether alive or dead – who would it be and why?

I would like to meet several personalities, but theoretically I would still have a chance for Reinhold Würth or Wolfgang Grupp. These men fascinate me in their down-to-earthness, honesty and motivation to tackle a problem, to move it forward and to build up a giant company out of nothing or almost nothing. One strength that fascinates me and that I have recognized and observed in such personalities is to give employees an advance of trust. Without this advance of trust in the employees, something like the Würth company cannot be realized.

For which three things in your life are you most thankful for?

For my family, children, grandchildren. For being allowed to live in Germany. For the opportunity to help those who are not so well.

If you could change one thing in the world, what would that be?

I would work for more honesty, clarity and above all for more justice in the world.

What was the best decision in your career?

The best decision was to turn my back on public service at the age of 31, as the tasks were not so challenging for me. Many have criticized me for doing so and could not understand why I wanted to leave a job that is secure until retirement. But I wanted more challenges, more variety and more responsibility, everything that I can experience and practice at REVEN.

If you were a food, what would it be?

Maybe a mango?!

What question haven’t you had an answer to lately and have you been able to find it?

I have many questions to which I have no answer, but one of them would be: What does the world need that doesn’t yet exist and that I could invent? Unfortunately, I don’t have an answer to that yet 😉  

How often do you watch daily on your mobile phone?

A lot, I’m afraid. 

What profession did your parents imagine for you?

I had the support of my parents in choosing my career, but total freedom in my decision. I was born and raised in Romania and in the school system there I had to deal with my career choice at the age of 13 and decide on a profession.

What will be your next project?

There are a number of projects in progress at work that I find very interesting and enjoy working on.

In my spare time, I have just started a project to bring a little more justice to the world. In December 2019, we want to provide in our aid organisation 350 children, who live in very poor circumstances in Romania, with jackets and boots for the winter.

What was the nicest compliment anyone ever gave you?

The biggest and most beautiful compliment for me are the grateful eyes of children and adults, into which I may look after each of our relief actions. They do not even have to say thank you, the compliment can be read in their eyes!

What could you possibly do without in your life?

Hot refreshments! I’d rather not drink anything then.

And what could you not do without in your life?


What used to be your favourite subject?

Math and Engineering.

If your life was filmed: Which actor (or actress) would play you?

Danny DeVito, I think he’s very funny and, most of all, he has my physique 😉 even if he’s a lot smaller than me. 

If you could choose a country: Which one would you like to live in?

I like living in Germany very much, but I could also imagine a life in Spain or South Africa very well.

What would you get up for in the middle of the night?

If anyone needs help. 

Which decision in your life would you want to undo afterwards?

In my young years, I spent a lot of time at work in order to be able to offer something to my family. I missed the baby and toddler age of my children, which I am very sorry about. All the more I enjoy every moment today with my granddaughter. I’d like to turn that time back if possible.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

The varied task of constantly getting to know new people and situations, the variety of projects and, above all, the freedom and opportunities for development that REVEN offers.

If you had three wishes free: What would they be?

That REVEN is developing well.

That we as REVEN family, but also all private families, remain healthy.

That we all learn in this stressful world to distinguish between the important and the urgent and to set appropriate priorities.

What should never be missing in your holiday suitcase?

Books, I like to read very much, especially on holiday, because then I have more time for it.

What are your hobbies and do you have a nice snapshot of one of your hobbies?

My favourite hobby is traveling. I love to get to know foreign cultures, to discover new things and I can combine this very well with my voluntary work in the aid organisation.

40 km return trip on the open sea, from an international aid operation in the Philippines after the super typhoon Haiyan