A short story of where Carsten Overgaard came from
and made him the person he is today:
I was born in a small town
north of Næstved, called Herlufsholm. In the early 1970´s the town became a
part of Næstved County, "wiping" out the traditional quiet looking
village and turning it into a part of the socialdemokratic town
The first six years of my life. I spend home with my
part-time working mother and my little brother. Because my mother came
from Finland we lived quite isolated in our family which is normal for
families which does not have entirely Danish origins.
It changed when I started in school. I went to public
school for 11 years including one year in a pre-school class. I was
not quite good at socializing because I had to struggle with the
demands of having true Danish customs. Back then I did not realize the
importance of a small culture like the Danish one to keep outsiders
out until they meet the demands from the society. Business School
changed all that. I did grow up and took responsibility. In short
terms: I was ready to seek a career.
After Business School I started
in 1986 selling and starting up accounting programs on the
PC platform. First on network systems with Novell - later with Windows NT.
In 1997 I left my previous job as consultant and board
member and started as CIO in Formula
- large printing company with about 200 employees.
In my spare time I
participated in several marathon runs, among others in New York in
November 1993, and completing an "Ironman" race in 1991. These
last few years I take my bike rolling from the months February through October.
I have two children; a girl
and a boy and reside in the small town of Ølstykke. (12.000 pop)
Now I am about 40 years old and have reached all my
goals in life. I have just one more ambition left and that is early
retirement which would be very difficult to achieve because my family
suffers from a heart disease that due to cut backs in our healthcare
system no longer can be cured, when living outside Copenhagen as I do.
As family members continues to pass away I continue to live by a
old Finnish proverb: "You only own forever, what you have lost."