‘Dare to come out from behind your desk’
‘Although since 1994 the day-to-day management has been conducted through the shareholders in the partnership, I like to stay abreast of all developments at Van Oers. I consider Van Oers to be my “first child”. This will always be the case. I am proud that we as a firm still carry my family name. Even though we have become a large firm, we still have the atmosphere of ‘a company on the corner’. That says a lot about how we at Van Oers want to deal with each other: personally and in an informal setting. Staff and clients should feel welcome here. That has been our strength for over 50 years. I have always invested in personal contact. I think it is important to demonstrate commitment: you must dare to come out from behind your desk. One requirement for being able to give accounting and tax advice is that you must be a good judge of characters.
I come from a large Zundert-based family; I was one of eight children. In those days, your father decided what your career would look like. Despite that, I made my own choices. I was able to develop through self-study and through my studies at the Katholieke Leergangen in Tilburg. A self-made man and a pioneer; that is simply who I am. I hope to continue to be an advisor at Van Oers for a long time to come with the same level of energy that I had when I founded the company. I recharge my battery by taking long daily walks with our dog.’