Interview 2: Mr. József Kozák, Former GM, Hertz Hungary

  • 29 May 2015 12:00 PM
Interview 2: Mr. József Kozák, Former GM, Hertz Hungary
1. What’s been happening at home and at work since your first XpatLoop interview?

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The situation hasn’t changed at much home.
At my company, we continue to play the same team game. According to Hertz, we have just achieved another successful year. The owners of the firm also appear to be satisfied with our performance. However, it’s even more important to us that our customers really satisfied and do appreciate the services we provide. That we have achieved some level of success is shown by the fact that we were recently the only car rental firm to be awarded the ‘Reliable Firm’ Certificate.

2. On a scale of 1 to 10, how happy are you with your life in Hungary, and why?
I can never be totally satisfied. A perfect 10 is an ideal which is almost impossible to achieve. However, the situation is improving year by year and I think that we have reached number 8 on the scale, but it’s absolutely subjective. Some of my colleagues may see things differently from myself and award a higher mark, whilst others having higher expectations would probably say we have only achieved a lower number!

3. What’s the best party you’ve been to while in Hungary, and why?
In 2014, the Franchise Association considerably influenced our future fate. It was at their party that Hertz received the ‘Franchise of the Year’ Award.

4. What’s your favourite drink?
I have been to the Gere Wine Cellar in Villány recently. I think their red wines are my favourites.

5. What hidden talents do you have?
Not many people know that I’m interested in history and economics. I read and collect works from both the present and the past. I’m trying to understand what is going on around us. However, I must admit, the more I read the less I understand.

6. What was the most interesting travel trip you have ever taken?
Last Autumn, I went on a Mediterranean cruise. We traced the origins of Ancient Greek culture. It was beautiful.

7. If you were given a wish that could come true, what would you ask for?
I wish that the Hertz team will continue to develop and grow in the same way we did after the depression. I would like it to be sustainable. It would be good for all of us.

8. What’s the last book you read, and movie you watched?
It was 'Stalin’s Dawn' written by Miklós Kun. Sometimes, we must read about terrible things in order to learn how to value the positive things in life today.

9. If someone wrote a biography about you, what would the title be?
I’m a co-author of a six-volume book titled ‘We and the 20th Century’. I wrote an autobiographical monologue in the part about the 50's - not only because of my experiences also but because of what happened to society at that time. A book about me would be possibly entitled ‘My 20th Century’

10. What is the perfect pizza toppings combination for you?

11. If you could trade places with any other person for a week, real or fictional, with whom would it be?
I would love to take over the position as Head of the British Hertz division with pleasure.

12. What was the luckiest moment of your life?
It was on Friday, 13th January, twenty years ago, when I left my previous job.

13. What’s the best website you’ve ever visited, and why?
Well, any websites from where I gather the necessary information to enable our business to grow.

14. Who do you admire the most, and why?
My wife, because she is very tolerant.

15. What do you like best and least about living in Hungary?
What I like best is, that here it feels like home in every respect. However, I don’t like everything I see; the poverty and the deprivation. The lack of will to change and the failure to improve things are all too obvious in Hungary.

16. What has made the biggest impact on your life so far, and why?
When I did my military service, I was a border guard not a soldier. Instead of defending my country from imperialism on the west border, I spent most of my time driving a lorry!

17. If you won USD 30 million, what would you do with the money?
I would use one part of the money to launch a typical Hungarian enterprise in the production or the services sphere. With the other part of the money, I would establish a foundation to support the education of disadvantaged children.

18. If your life had a theme song, what would it be?
Beethoven’s 5th Symphony “Fate”

19. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you choose?
Tuscany, Italy.

20. In ten years from now what will you be doing?
I think by then I will have retired. My wife and I will travel to the different places that we have always wanted to see. I also would like to indulge in my passion for reading. Of course, I hope to enjoy spending time with my grandchildren.

Translated by Daniel Csaki for

Proofread by Paul St. Pierre


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