Team Spotlight: Hank Kauffmann

I’ve been fortunate to work in software and hardware development across several different industries over my career. As a developer, it has always been satisfying to see something that didn’t exist before you made it, and now is a tangible thing that solves a problem and satisfies a need.


I credit my love of development to the trainset my dad bought me at a very young age. While I never had a permanent track layout, many hours were spent trying different layouts and experimenting with and incorporating the usual ‘found objects’ from around the house. This led to the development of skills that were useful in design.


Incidentally, while the cost of a Märklin trainset was lost on the 7-year-old me while setting up jumps and planned crashes, the quality exhibited throughout their product and its engineering made a lasting impression and I’ve always appreciated a well-designed product. Any product that is so good at its job, you don’t know it’s there.


As in many endeavors, relationship building and good communications is always a key factor of success. Working closely with clients to understand their needs, their understanding of the problem, expanding on the problem definition, and then using that to build from a solid foundation, makes for a robust solution with ‘legs’.


In my career as a developer, I’ve had the opportunity to work with highly motivated engineers, medical personnel, and entrepreneurs of all stripes. The team assembled at Swiss Vault is top notch and I’m excited to be a part of the Swiss Vault story.

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