MEINRAD – About us
Ever since the company was founded in 1993, Meinrad Reiterer wanted to do more than “just” translate. He was driven to listen to what customers and external translators need and to offer genuine added value, and today nothing has changed.
In 2015 his daughter Eva joined MEINRAD, bringing with her fresh energy and ambitious goals. Since 2017 she and Meinrad have been at the head of a dynamic team of Project Managers, Localization Engineers and In-House Linguists – and their personal talents and experience complement each other perfectly.
With offices in Wolfsberg (Carinthia) and Graz (Styria) and 26 employees (plus 2 on maternity leave), MEINRAD is one of the top 40 language service providers in western Europe. Businesses around the world from various industries put their faith in MEINRAD’s expertise. Partly it’s a result of our technical and linguistic expertise, but above all it’s down to our commitment to deliver what our customers need from all their translations, from start to finish.
We put people first. So we’d like to introduce you to the team that makes these successful projects happen:
Alexander Witek BA
Alex joined the MEINRAD team in June 2019 as an In-House Linguist and Project Manager. Not much fazes him, so he’s the ideal man to handle frantic situations when a cool head is needed to deliver an urgent project. As well as technical training in automation technology, he read English and American studies at the University of Graz: the perfect preparation for working with technical translation customers. To switch off after a hard day’s work, Alex plays bass guitar, meets up with his friends or uses the classic game Tetris as meditation therapy. If you want to thank him for bringing pumpkin seed oil from his uncle’s farm in Styria, offer him Fizzers – his biggest guilty pleasure!
Andrea Gutwein MA
Based in Linz, Andi is a Project Manager and a specialist and sought-after contact person for MadCap Flare projects. After five years in Spain and time living in Switzerland and France, Andi finally ended up at MEINRAD – and her cooking skills have boosted the vegetarian contingent at the company. Given her meticulous approach to her work and appreciative attitude towards others, it’s little wonder that she enjoys archery and horse riding in her spare time.
Astrid’s job is to get everything looking spick and span in the Wolfsberg office and to look after the flowers. Even given the presence of 16 (often very dirty) paws in the office, and the inevitable multitude of dirty pawprints this brings, she does not despair. Instead, with her sunny disposition she makes even the rainiest of days feel bright and laughs in the face of dirt, however stubborn. A mother of two, she loves getting creative and regularly brightens up the office with homemade decorations.
Barbara Reiterer MA
As Chief Financial Officer, Bärbl makes sure we as a company are financially secure and healthy through ongoing controlling and complicated analyses. But money isn’t her only area of expertise: when it comes to stress management, burnout prevention and a healthy diet, she’s the ideal person to turn to for advice. If she isn’t in the office, she’s probably planting flowers in the surrounding garden or helping out with her grandson – for her, spending time with family comes first.
Ben Miller BA
With his comprehensive IT expertise, our Senior Localization Engineer Ben is a man in demand! He solves problems with limitless patience and an easy-going manner, and he is an expert at stifling his laughter when an extremely stupid question comes his way. But there’s one thing that’s guaranteed to wipe the smile off this Apple fan’s face: just ask him for help with a Microsoft Windows problem. A pipe-smoking Dungeons and Dragons fan, in his spare time Ben enjoys running and playing bass in his band Klay. He also makes his own Oreo pie and pumpkin pie, which we in the office are lucky enough to sample every now and then.
Bianca Stadler MA
As someone who’s two main loves are languages and software, it’s only logical that Bianca should have become a Localization Engineer and In-House Linguist at MEINRAD, where in one role she gets to the bottom of tricky problems and in the other delivers accurate translations. She’s also our Terminology Manager – the ideal role for someone with her attention to detail. In her free time she’s a multitalented martial artist, and she’s recently got into 30s-style swing dancing. She also indulges her love of music by playing the clarinet and bassoon. Among her other main loves are the numerous peculiarities and exceptions to be found in the French language.
Carina Müller BA
Carina joined the MEINRAD team in November 2019 as a Project Manager, and her keen eye for design and resolute determination to see things through means she won’t rest until everything’s in the right place with InDesign, Photoshop and other files. Desktop publishing really makes her heart beat faster. As she sees it, the seasons aren’t just spring, summer, autumn and winter: there’s the festival season and advent as well. Carina will switch straight from her band t-shirt to her Santa cap, and from metal and rock music straight to Christmas carols. Otherwise, she loves inviting people for cocktails at her favourite Asian restaurant and mixing her own at home.
Christian Waldmann BA BA
Christian has five active foreign languages, more than anyone else at MEINRAD. So perhaps it’s no surprise that he’s taken to his job as a Vendor Relations Manager, a job which involves working with translators around the world, like a duck to water. If a Project Manager needs a translator, Christian is just the man to find them. And this jack of all trades regularly surprises his colleagues with his in-depth knowledge of seemingly mundane subjects, such as the spread of Japanese knotweed in Austria. He’s always been interested in birds, so he’s often to be found outdoors exploring nature – or if the weather’s bad, indoors watching nature documentaries in various languages.
Christina Rathmayer MA
As Chief Relationship Officer, Chrissi’s main priority is MEINRAD’s burgeoning reputation. So she has fingers in many pies, and she’s always on the lookout for new opportunities and potential for strategic development – it’s largely thanks to her that new departments and roles at MEINRAD, the building blocks for our growth, come into being. Based in Vienna, her glass-half-full, “nothing is impossible” philosophy means her life is never dull. Friends, family and sport take up her free time: whether it’s running, cycling, squash or athletics, she’s never happier than when she has trainers on.
Christine Ladinig MA
Christine studied English and German literature at university and is now a Project Manager and Vendor Relations Manager (together with Christian) at MEINRAD. She is frequently to be found in the garden at her home in Diex, the sunniest place in the whole of Carinthia. Renowned as a quick and voracious reader, she devours up to 6 books a week. No wonder then that Amazon parcels with new reading material make her heart beat a little faster. If there’s one thing her colleagues don’t really understand, it’s that she’s not a big fan of cake: she’d much rather have tiramisu for dessert.
Christine Rainer MA
As a Content Creator, Christine uses the journalistic experience she brought with her when she joined MEINRAD. Our multi-talented sportswoman regularly surprises her colleagues with creative projects: she keeps us up to date with the progress (good and bad) of her shrimp colony, knits woolly hats and makes her own butter, bread and yoghurt. Christine also frequently does mantrailing training with her dog Dea and runs her own courses at a dog obedience school. We are delighted that after studying German she returned to her hometown of Wolfsberg, as it means we can sample her baking on a regular basis!
Daniela Reiterer MA
Daniela focuses on the people who make MEINRAD tick. As a Peer Group Coach, she is responsible for the personal development of every employee and for creating an environment where everyone can reach their potential. She has a knack for identifying hidden potential in people, and she does everything in her power to turn it into a win-win situation. Her coaching input, demonstrating her talent for personal development and time, stress and error management, is always popular. She says her best ideas come to her when she goes for a run or when she feels the warm glow of being around her family and friends.
A trained accountant, Edith puts as much loving care into her work in accounting at MEINRAD as she does into her family. The first thing you seen on walking into her office are colourful drawings of her two children, but it’s not just the walls that she brightens up: she’s a ray of sunshine in the Wolfsberg office and can boost anyone’s spirits, even on the dullest, greyest morning. Her keen eye for detail is crucial, and for some time she’s been working towards making MEINRAD more sustainable by introducing fully paperless accounting. Outside the office, she spends lots of time on the sidelines of a football pitch cheering on her son and as her children’s “chauffeur” – it’s a role she’s willing to take on, but she also makes sure it doesn’t get in the way of her hobby of reading. And she couldn’t get through the cold winter months without dreaming of sunny summer holidays.
Eva Reiterer MSc
It was by no means guaranteed that Eva would find her vocation in Wolfsberg at the family business, given that she spent many years living in Spain, Australia and Scotland. So it’s even more pleasing that she now runs MEINRAD.cc with her dad Meinrad and has developed a reputation as a dynamo for innovation and growth. Eva’s boss is her dog Jumbo (who very much lives up to his name), and his laid-back approach to life helps calm things down when life in the office gets hectic. For “balance”, Eva also lectures at the University of Klagenfurt, is an enthusiastic disciple of Wim Hof and enjoys wielding kettlebells.
Hannah Herzberger BA
Hannah is Chief Operations Officer, Project Manager and In-House Linguist at MEINRAD – no wonder she needs Fairtrade chocolate, a vigorous dose of sport and a good night’s sleep to handle the challenges of her job. With her passion for sustainability, a healthy lifestyle and travelling (particularly to the beautiful land of Israel), she is not just the ideal person to discuss vegan delicacies, but also the company’s number 1 (well, only) Hebrew speaker.
As our longest-serving employee, Irene has contributed enormously to MEINRAD’s growth. With her friendly and helpful demeanour, she makes the working day nicer for everyone around her. As a Project Manager she cares just as much about her cherished customers as she does about her colleagues: whatever everyday challenges they face, big or small, she uses her many years of experience to offer help and support. And by her side at all times is her dog Nala, the little force of nature blowing through the office (livening things up when it’s quiet!) and a trained search and rescue dog who helps make sure no-one goes missing. In her free time Irene enjoys roller skating, cycling and riding on her horse Corleone – and she loves rustling up her famous “mixed vegetables” in the kitchen in our Wolfsberg office.
Jens Van Nieuwenhove MA
Our Localization Engineer Jens is in contact with his colleagues and our customers sooner or later – though if it were up to him, it would be later! He’s definitely not a morning person. But once his working day begins at 10am, he’s on hand to resolve problems in the translation process, no matter how large or small, complex or simple. He’s particularly keen on memoQ, machine translation engines and other translation technology, and he’s a dab hand at translation too: in 2020 he qualified as a sworn German/English to Dutch (Belgium) translator. Jens is also responsible for refilling the snack drawers in our offices with Belgian pralines.
Julia Madl MA
Julia has worked for MEINRAD as a Project Manager and In-House Linguist since April 2017. She’s a passionate horse rider in her spare time, taking part in equestrian tournaments on her two horses Rubinio and D’Asti with no little success: as well as a state championship in eventing with her team, she has won numerous medals in showjumping and dressage. If she has any time left after her exertions on horseback, Julia is a keen hiker and skier. Alongside her job at MEINRAD, she runs language courses at the BFI adult education college.
Julia Wuggenig MA
Julia joined the MEINRAD team in December 2015 as a Project Manager and In-House Linguist. Whether it’s researching terminology, working on translations, or even in her role as unofficial Memes Officer, her cheery nature puts a smile on all her colleagues’ faces. And in 2019 she became Chief Operations Officer, so she has a say in all major decisions we make. When Julia isn’t busy trying to teach tricks to our four-legged friends, she is either broadening her geographical knowledge (to boost her pub quiz scores) or pursuing her musical interests on the guitar, drums or piano.
Lara Tosoni MA
Committed and target-focused, Lara joined the MEINRAD team in April 2017 as a Project Manager before taking on (and flourishing in) the additional role of Relationship Manager in 2020. Born in Wolfsberg, after studying translation she lived in Bella Italia for a long time before turning her back on Rome and returning to her homeland. But as is often the case with language lovers, culture vultures and foodies, her wanderlust will never truly leave her. When she isn’t planning her next adventure, Lara loves playing sport and music in her free time and enjoys conjuring up delicacies (Italian, of course) in the office kitchen to brighten her colleagues’ day.
Lisa Zarfl BA
Lisa joined the MEINRAD team in March 2019 as a Project Manager and In-House Linguist, and her organizational skills and friendly demeanour have proved an invaluable addition – not to mention her expertise when it comes to MadCap Flare and Lingo. Having spent time living in Ireland, Brittany and Belgium, her heart now belongs to the rugged coastlines of northwestern Europe. But as an English and French specialist at MEINRAD, she also lists Canada as one of her dream destinations. In her free time Lisa loves using her sketchpad, and when she fancies a bit more action she goes cycling or scales indoor climbing walls.
Lukas Reiterer BA
Lukas has almost limitless patience when there’s a tricky IT problem to solve. And as a Senior Project Manager he always has time to guide new customers through the MEINRAD onboarding process, ensuring that they get the high-quality translations and tailored workflows that make their life easier. He joined the team in 2012, so he’s accumulated plenty of experience. At home in Wolfsberg, he enjoys spending time with his British wife, their son and their dog – so they’re a bilingual household (OK, apart from the dog). And if pizza’s cooking, he’ll be there like a shot – there’s not much he likes eating more.
Marina Theuermann MSc
Born in Wolfsberg, Marina joined the MEINRAD team in September 2019 and completed her training faster than anyone before at the company. Then again, that’s not really a surprise given her organizational skills: she makes handling the various challenges of project, content and social media management look easy. She won’t let anyone miss a deadline, and all meetings begin dead on time. Although Marina has studied in various places around Europe (Graz, Milan, Kolding, Ljubljana, Girona and Voronezh), in the end she came back home – and with her culinary and baking skills, her family, friends and colleagues have even more reason to be delighted about that.
Martin Maritschnig MA
One of MEINRAD’s longest-serving team members, Martin is now a Project Manager and In-House Linguist. No two working days are the same for him – but before he can get started in the morning, he needs his coffee. With his sarcastic comments and jokes, this master and self-appointed defender of how to use commas is a constant source of laughter in the office. Although he was sceptical of machine translation and post-editing at first, he’s been converted to the cause and is now an advocate of man and machine working together. Martin volunteers with the Red Cross in Wolfsberg in his spare time, and takes little convincing to go to rock/metal gigs or on lengthy hiking tours.
Meinrad Reiterer MA
As founder and CEO of MEINRAD, Meinrad sets high standards for himself – and he expects his colleagues and partners to do the same. As he puts it, new technological tools make him as excited as a new toy makes a child. And this enthusiasm for new tools and the constant drive to make things better are the foundations for 25 extremely successful years of MEINRAD.cc It is a well-known company secret that Meinrad stormed the Austrian charts in the 80s with his band Mustage. That, plus the crisp beer he brews in the company basement and his ability to hit the bullseye with an arrow when on horseback, makes his reputation as a man for all seasons more than justified.
Melissa Röckel MA
Melissa joined the MEINRAD team in March 2019. Whether she’s working on a project on her own or as part of a team, her unflappable nature is invaluable. She’s happy to take on responsibility, and her positive mindset rubs off on her colleagues. Her Colombian heritage means she’s frequently our go-to person for Spanish translations, and as a Project Manager it’s not uncommon for her to manage 36 languages in a single project – but she doesn’t let that faze her. Away from work, she enjoys cooking with a glass of wine and philosophizing about food. On Thursday evenings she’s usually to be found either at a pub quiz (blowing everyone away with her knowledge of trivia) or enjoying one of her film nights on the sofa.
Ing. Patrick Mostögl
Patrick has been part of the furniture at MEINRAD since 2009, putting his heart and soul into his work as a Senior Project Manager. At company parties (and sometimes during normal working days as well), we are privileged to enjoy his signature tiramisu and his singing. Since 2018 Patrick has been studying Industrial Engineering with Business Studies on a part-time basis, and he spends a lot of his remaining spare time going up mountains: Whether it’s on skis, in hiking boots or on a bike, accompanied by his husky Caya no weather is too adverse and no start time too early.
Sulamit Burmeister BA
Born in Tyrol, Sula first joined the MEINRAD team in 2011. As a Project Manager she has become an expert in managing translation projects for our largest customer, which involves juggling around 20 different languages and specific software requirements. After her day’s work is done, she enjoys challenging her American husband to see who’s the best cook and spending quality time with their three boys – hers is a bilingual household. But she still has space in her heart to spare, so in her free time she volunteers in social programmes with children and young people. She has lived in the Croatia, the UK and the USA, but ultimately she likes it best in Austria.