Big Apple = Big Business and we topped it off at Harvard with a BE title!

In the Boardroom of Deutsche Bank, Roelfien Kuijpers spoke about the woman on Wallstreet and her position as Managing Director and Global Head of Relationship Management and her chairmanship at the Woman of Wallstreet. Four more interesting speakers followed. Ken Segall talked about simplicity after working with Steve Jobs for years and Scott Falzone, Industry Director Retail at Google, made a big impression as a guru of the retail market. Alexandra Wilkis Wilson presented her company Gilt.com for just under 1.2 billion and talked about her career and her new startup. Finally, Marc de Kuyper, President of Royal Dutch Distillers, spoke about family businesses and strategy in business in the US. That same evening he treated the fCN members with a fantastic dinner with cocktails at The NoMad Bar!

The speed date matchmaking was opened by Consul General Rob de Vos and NAF-BIZ chairman Jacob Willemsen. The consulate team had organized a great matchmaking with NAF-BIZ and fCN and dozens of companies from the requested sectors were tailor-made. During the dinners, many companies were invited with Keynote Speakers such as Heineken CEO Dolf van den Brink, Honorary Consul for the Kingdom of the Netherlands Hans Gieskes and Chairman NAF-BIZ Boston Jos Scheffelaar. Besides the many business appointments we visited the baseball stadium for the game New York Mets-Miami Marlins, we cycled through New York, there was a lunch at the Boathouse and we were received privately at the Elyx House in New York by the top of Pernod Ricard.

In Boston we continued our trade mission. At the Harvard Faculty Club we received the title BE – Baron of Entrepreneurship – with certificate. In the Netherlands, the cases had been prepared and at Harvard these cases were discussed under the supervision of three professors: John Davis, specialized in family businesses, Fred van Eennaam, Entrepreneurial Leadership, and Rodria Laline, Intrabond Capital, with, among other things, your board potential. After all the enthusiastic emails from the participants containing information about findings, connections, direct business big successes and current issues that will be followed up, we may conclude that it was a good trade mission with a wonderful group of fCN members!

One of the many quotes we received was from David Bijlsma, Managing Director of Gassan Diamonds: “The NY-Boston trade mission was one with a golden edge, business success and educational, but especially with a nice group of people experiencing this together is a special experience. This is exactly why fCN is unique.”

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