A group of Spring 2004 pledge brothers start an energy efficiency company in Dubai, UAE to help reduce energy, water, carbon and consumption costs for building owners in the region.
When Charles Blaschke, a Spring 2004 AK pledge, decided to accept a job in Dubai and move around the world to a country he had never visited, many people thought he was crazy. Later again, when he decided to quit a successful UAE based technology consulting startup company that he helped found and build to start a venture of his own, people thought he was crazy. However, Charles took the risk because he knew he would achieve his goal of establishing a successful company aimed to help building owners, operators and individuals reduce their energy and water consumption and related operating costs and carbon impact. It was with the support, help and motivation from Charles’ pledge brothers and AK alumni that pushed him through these big decisions and ultimately helped him reach his goal.
“Our core group has stuck together since college, doing amazing things individually and together, and I know that without their support every step of the way, taka solutions would have not been possible. This goes from sitting in the office of the AK Pike house in Rolla in November 2007 and making the decision to pack up and move to Dubai, to founding and now growing taka solutions to be a key part of the energy efficiency market in the UAE and world. Joel Schrenk and Eric Dixon, both spring 2004 pledge brothers, made the move to Dubai for a few years as well, living, working and exploring together at the engineering company that brought us over. Although my pledge brothers Phil Schloss and Will Kirby have not made the move overseas [yet], they have been a key part of our journey along the way, remotely supporting and helping us grow in many ways.
It can be hard to be away from friends, family, Kansas City BBQ and sports, but it has been an amazing, life changing experience that has offered me personal, professional, cultural, world travel and business opportunities, which would have otherwise not been possible in the US. I would not replace my time here for anything. I make it back to the US about 2 times a year, and when me and the boys gets together, it is even better because we live the year spread around the world. This invaluable experience and the ability to start my own business all began at the AK Pike house and grew from the relationships that were formed and built throughout our time there.”
Charles and taka solutions now plan to give this chance to the younger Pike generations by starting an internship, co-cop, work-study and part-time support structure targeting undergrads and new graduates. This setup will draw quality, hardworking, educated young blood coming into the company with fresh ideas, energy and a chance to grow and lead the company around the world now and into the future. Charles says, “There is not a better group of talent, morals and work ethic anywhere in the world; 613 W 9th St., Rolla, MO produces the highest potential engineers. We want to tap that hidden resource, while providing the guys this unparalleled opportunity to change the world and make positive social impact. We are also exploring opening a small branch in the MS&T tech park and having a team on the ground doing work while in school, but first we need to get a few guys over here in the desert paradise to show them what’s really going on and how we work.
Charles can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.