Western Union CEO Hikmet Ersek and Honorary Vice Consul Dr. Nayantara Ghosh-Ersek Receive Decoration of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria

DENVER–() –This week, Hikmet Ersek, President and CEO of Western Union, a leader in cross-border, cross-currency payments, was awarded one of Austria’s highest national honours.

“On behalf of the Republic of Austria, it is my privilege to present this prestigious award to Hikmet and Nayantara for their tremendous contributions, loyalty and representation in Denver and around the world”

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In a private ceremony, Mr. Ersek was honored along with his wife, Dr. Nayantara Ghosh-Ersek for their meritorious services to the Republic of Austria. Austrian Consul General, Andreas Launer was in attendance to present Hikmet and Nayantara the Decoration of Honour in Silver for Services to the Republic of Austria and Decoration of Merit in Gold of the Republic of Austria, respectively.

“As a proud Austrian, migrant and the leader of a global company, I know firsthand that global connections help us achieve more together,” said Hikmet Ersek, President and CEO of Western Union. “It is my honor to represent Austria abroad and share my personal connection to help bridge communities around the world.”

A citizen of Austria and Turkey, Mr. Ersek draws on his international background to speak out publicly for the rights of migrants and refugees worldwide.

“On behalf of the Republic of Austria, it is my privilege to present this prestigious award to Hikmet and Nayantara for their tremendous contributions, loyalty and representation in Denver and around the world,” said Andreas Launer, Austrian Consul General.

Last year, Mr. Ersek received the WU Manager of the Year 2018 from his Alma Mata, Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien. In 2016, he was also awarded “Austrian of the Year” by Die Presse and currently serves as the Austrian Honorary Consul for Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico.

About Western Union

The Western Union Company is a global leader in cross-border, cross-currency money movement. Our omnichannel platform connects the digital and physical worlds and makes it possible for consumers and businesses to send and receive money and make payments with speed, ease, and reliability. As of September 30, 2018, our network included over 550,000 retail agent locations offering Western Union, Vigo or Orlandi Valuta branded services in more than 200 countries and territories, with the capability to send money to billions of accounts. Additionally, westernunion.com, our fastest growing channel in 2017, is available in more than 50 countries and territories to move money around the world. In 2017, we moved over $300 billion in principal in nearly 130 currencies and processed 32 transactions every second across all our services. With our global reach, Western Union moves money for better, connecting family, friends and businesses to enable financial inclusion and support economic growth. For more information, visit www.westernunion.com.


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Chronic Stress & The Importance of Self-Care

Moving to a new country, starting a new job and integrating into a new culture can be very stressful. Everyone experiences stress at different points in their lives and that is absolutely normal. However, when left unmanaged chronic stress poses a serious health risk. Scientists have known for a long time that chronic stress can lead to weight gain, heart disease, trouble sleeping and concentrating. Stress does not only affect your body, but also your performance at work. Some of the warning signs of chronic stress include low energy, frequent cold and infections, headaches, upset stomach and/or changes in appetite and eating habits, and trouble falling or staying asleep or sleeping more than usual.

If you feel exhausted and overwhelmed more than usual, try some of the following activities to reduce your stress hormone levels.

1. Regular physical activity
2. Mindfulness and Meditation
3. Smiling and laughing
4. Spending time with friends and family
5. Listening to calming, relaxing music.

Most people are aware that chronic stress is detrimental to their health, yet they find it challenging to incorporate healthier routines into their daily lives. It’s easy to stay in our comfort zone and stick to old habits. However, we can’t expect different results by doing the same thing over and over again.
Becoming clear on our motivation to incorporate healthy habits and reduce stress is a first important step. This could be an imminent health concern, being more productive at work, or being around longer and in better health for our family and loved ones. Once we know what our true motivation is, it is much easier to stick to a new routine.

Reducing stress and implementing a daily self-care routine is vital for maintaining your overall health. It can increase your mood and energy, boost your immune function, promote longevity and make you more effective at work.

Start now and give yourself the gift of releasing chronic stress. If you like to get support, send an email to coaching@martinafelderman.com for a FREE consultation and goal setting session.

I offer an additional 60 min session for all Austrians who moved to the US or Americans who moved to Austria at no cost. Reach out to me and let’s talk how I can support you!

Looking for Business/ Data Analyst position

MARCO BERLINGER, an Austrian business student currently studying at the Bowling Green State University in Ohio would like to find a position here in Colorado after graduating. His dream job would be Business/Data Analyst. You can find his information on www.linkedin.com/in/marco-berlinger-llboec – please reach out to him if you know of a position that might be suitable.



Autism Climbs

Guest Blog from Ilse Wagner*


Being an expat is both fun and challenge, and starting a family abroad adds a whole new dimension to the experience. Attitudes towards parenting and education can be different coming from another country. Plus when two of my three kids were diagnosed with autism, those differences became even more apparent. Friends and family in Austria are still not convinced that autism is even a thing, and the Americans in our lives may wonder what the hold up is in regards to medication and behavioral interventions.

Between those two extremes, I did discover common ground and opportunities here in Colorado that we might not have back home. The common ground is that we all love our kids regardless of labels and that our time together is precious. Among the opportunities here in Colorado I have to list a thriving community of families who embrace autism, a wide variety of non-profit initiatives and progressive special needs educators in our neighborhood public school. (Getting to be part of Boulder Valley School District was dumb luck; our experience might be quite different in other US cities).

Still, we all need to figure out what works for us, and can’t blindly follow experts’ advice. I feel that kids in general can’t ever get too much physical exercise, and those who struggle with body awareness and motor coordination need it even more. While every activity is beneficial, rock climbing stands out. Kids who climb in a gym can do so safely and without any peer pressure, at their own pace and skill level. Climbing challenges both body and mind, and it stimulates exactly those neural systems that kids with autism often struggle with: balance, body perception, and hand-eye coordination.

In an effort to bring out the best of all these factors, my husband, a friend and I started a non-profit called Autism Climbs, dedicated to empowering those affected by autism through rock climbing activities. The community support we receive is incredible, climbing gyms welcome us and dedicated climbers are willing to volunteer at our events. Participants truly appreciate us and the community we foster.

We now offer a variety of programs, our most popular being a monthly FUNdamental Family Climb, a free event where we invite families to bring all their kids, including siblings and friends, and have fun being active together. We also take small groups climbing outdoors, do 1:1 or small group private lessons for kids with autism and their siblings, and starting this fall a Parents’ Night Out, where we offer to climb with the kids while the parents can go on a rare date. Apart from these family services we do staff trainings in climbing gyms, helping them better understand the needs of climbers with autism and integrating them in group lessons and camps.

Autism Climbs is a registered 501(3)(c) non-profit organization, and all donations are tax deductible. Other ways to work with us include sponsoring a specific event or program, or simply volunteering at our events – it’s a lot of fun!

If you would like to participate, volunteer, donate or learn more about us and our upcoming events, please visit our website: autismclimbs.org

Explore. Bond. Climb!

Ilse Wagner (“Yisha”)
Co-founder, president
Autism Climbs
501(3)(c), FEIN: 47-4680885

*This is a guest blog provided by Ilse Wagner. The Austrian Honorary Consulate in Denver can not endorse this nonprofit specifically.

Job posting: Admin Role in Denver, CO

This is a courtesy post for Gregor Vogrin, GCI Management LLC, www.gci-management.com

I am recruiting an admin role for my client Brucha (www.brucha.com), a manufacturer of walk-in freezers, insulated doors, insulated metal panels for cold storage and architectural / façade panels. In Europe, Brucha, a $200M company, is known as the Mercedes of the panel world, we are just ramping up their US business.

We need a general admin person whose most important qualification is speaking German adequately, please see Job description (in German language on purpose). As said, no PHD required, but some basic working experience and common (business) sense.