Robotic Parking is exhibiting at the IPI. I spent a few minutes with Gerhard Haag and his wife Peggy this afternoon. He’s just as dynamic and all singing and dancing and ever. I know that many believe that he and his company fell on their faces in Hoboken, but I’m one of the few that don’t.
Did he have problems, absolutely, but he also fought an uphill battle with the city, the contractor, the weather, and practically everything else that could go wrong and did. Gerhard was certainly naive. But frankly I find him a nice guy.
He told me that he was commuting between the middle east where he is selling his systems and the Tampa area where he lives. He wants to be in Tampa to see his kids, who are getting ready to graduate high school. He says its hot in the Emirates, maybe upwards of 125, but its a dry heat, not like here in Tampa. Dry heat — yeah right, Gerhard, when its over 105, dry, wet, its damned hot.
Gerhard Haag is moving on. "What else can I do? We have a good product, we have a company. Now we have customers. I build the machines here in Florida, test them, put them in a container and ship them to our customer in the Middle east. They are assembled there. I will spend the next two years teaching the folks we have licensed our patents to and then they will be on their own."
He has had a rough row, but he’s kept hoeing. Gerhard Haag will always land on his feet.
Just my opinion