Maurits is born in the Netherlands “onder de rook van Rotterdam”, studied hospitality management at the Hoge Hotelschool Maastricht and worked in the hospitality industry ever since. His first role was in one of the most iconic hotels in the Netherlands the “Hotel Des Indes” in The Hague. Maurits became a true globetrotter, working in many countries in Europe, Ghana, Costa Rica and Mexico.
In 2009, Maurits moved to Australia to manage the first boutique hotel in the Nation’s Capital. The plan was to stay for 4 years, but he fell in love with the country and never left. In Canberra, Maurits opened two hotels and a restaurant, before moving on to Adelaide to manage the Playford Hotel MGallery by Sofitel, which is part of ACCOR Hotels. You can find the Playford Hotel, with its beautiful Art Nouveau styling, at North Terrace opposite the Adelaide Convention Centre.
This year has been one of the most challenging years for the global tourism industry and at the moment The Playford Hotel is closed for the general public to participate in the relocation program of the South Australian Government. Maurits managed to keep all hotel staff employed and his team can’t wait to get back to some kind of normality in the new year!
Before entering the government relocation program, the hotel was the epicentre for visiting AFL teams and a popular destination for South Australians who love the Playford Feast, a high tea, but different! Maurits had fast forwarded renovation works, changed every procedure thinkable and created new food concepts, a new butler service and QR codes for room service orders.
Aside from steering the Playford hotel through extremely challenging times, Maurits has found time to join the DutchSA Board and contribute his extensive hospitality experience and networking skills to support of the Dutch business and social communities in Adelaide.
For more information about the Playford hotel, opportunities in the hospitality industry and DutchSA, please send an email to Maurits at firstname.lastname@example.org
PATRICK INGENEGEREN, SENIOR MANAGER TT LOGISTICS AND INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR SUPPLY CHAIN ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIA. Patrick has expertise in Business Development, Logistics & Supply Chain, Operations and Commercial Management and has been a professional in various industries for more than 25 years.
The common denominator in his career however has been Automotive and he has worked across many facets of this industry which ultimately got him to Australia in 2004.
People always associate Automotive strictly with car manufacturing but this is not necessarily the case. Car manufacturers do need parts but it may come as a surprise these parts are not manufactured by the car makers themselves. Speedo Tacho cluster, Sunroof, accelerator pedal, steel sheeting, seat upholstery, lights, fuel sensor, etc. etc. are all designed, tested, manufactured and supplied by different companies in the Automotive supply chain and Patrick worked for several of them.
Just over 10 years ago Patrick changed from supplying parts to optimising the actual supply chain flow of these parts to various customer via contract logistics services. As a Senior Manager and member of the leadership team of TT Logistics (Australasia) Pty Ltd he optimised supply chains not only in Automotive but also in retail, FMCG, omni-channel and e-commerce. As TT Logistics is a subsidiary of Toyota Tsusho Corporation (an affiliate of the Toyota Group) continuous improvement is an important differentiator due to TPS (Toyota Production System) being applied across the business. Currently TT Logistics is providing quality 3PL contract logistics services to high end Australian customers in cosmetics, dairy, electronics, energy and whitegoods.
In 2017 Patrick also joined the Board of the SCLAA (Supply Chain and Logistics Association of Australia) to give back to the industry and to create further awareness how important the Australian supply chains are. With Covid taking over Supply Chains are more important than ever and need to stay agile. Think about this next time when you order something online!
If you would like to know how TPS can benefit your supply chain feel free to reach out on 0408 643 087 or email@example.com alternatively visit https://ttlogistics.com.au
We’re proud to feature October's Member in Close-up: Aafke Boomsma.
Aafke is a research scientist with a background as certified auditor in accounting. Since moving to Adelaide in 2014, Aafke has been a regular visitor and supporter of DutchSA events and an active contributor to the communities she is part of.
One of the community services Aafke has been providing since 2016, is Dutch lessons for novice and advanced Dutch learners. Aafke can deliver these lessons both in person and online, whichever best suits the needs of the student.
Her students benefit from her individual approach and her extensive knowledge of the vocabulary of many of the professions of her students. Jargon, Aafke managed to pick up over the years working as a financial auditor in various business environments!
Having a teacher like Aafke, who can explain the grammar and syntax rules of the Dutch language really well, can bring novice learners quickly to a level that even many native speakers would be jealous of!
Curious to know more? Send Aafke an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’re proud to feature September’s Member in Close-up: MART SWINKELS.
He started TELD, with his Co-founder Adish Jain, in January of this year.
We found that many organisations are seeing the benefits of online training to enhance their performance. With TELD we create online training that aligns with the organisations' overall strategy. We want our services to make an impact on organisations, by saving them time and costs while improving employee performance. We believe that people only learn when they are truly engaged, that's why we are using storytelling, interactivity, gamification, and simulations to make online learning fun and impactful.
Curious to know more? Give him a call on 0499441110 or e-mail to email@example.com