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Richard's Resume

Entert®aining and engaging are my profession.
I’ve always enjoyed being on stage. As a small boy, I apparently told my mother: “I want to go to go to the school for pop stars”. This explains the compelling urge I felt, especially while in secondary school, to form bands with my friends and travel the country. I therefore consider myself to be very fortunate to be able to combine this passion for music with my job.
After serving in the army and working in ICT in the public sector, I converted my urge to entrepreneurship into Cat consultants (1991), a training agency aimed at the retail and education sectors. Much of what I now present on stage was converted into practice in this wonderful enterprise.
I want to inspire people to work (together) with passion and engagement. I’m convinced that passion, spirit and engagement can make the difference and can lead to an even better world.
Communication plays a key role in this. This explains why communication training has become one of my greatest loves.Especially in recent years, it has struck me how powerful words can be. This is one of the reasons why I was a member of the executive committee of the Professional Speakers Association Holland (between 2010-2012).
In 2010/2011 I followed and successfully completed a MBA level public speaking course with the GSA, our German sister association. I’m to first Dutchman able to call myself “STI Professional Speaker GSA”.

  • 2014 2nd book will be published in september 2014
  • 2014 earned the CSP designation, Certified Speaking Professional
  • 2013 Awardwinner: "Most extraordinary speaker 2013" in Germany
  • 2012 Awardwinner: Best performer 2012 in Germany
  • 2012, Author, “Herrie of harmonie”, published by Van Duuren Management
  • 2012 Partner TalentMe
  • 2011 Professional Speaker GSA Steinbeis-Transfer-Institut Berlin
  • 2011 gecertificeerd Belbin Groen Teamrol Trainer
  • 2011-present, Authorised licensor for SCIL Strategy in The Netherlands
  • 2010-2012, Executive committee member, PSA Holland
  • 1995-present, De Hoop Entert®ainment
  • 2004-2006, Bizzformit bv, (founded, developed and sold)
  • 1991-2006, Cat consultants bv (founded, extended and sold)
  • 1987-1991, Accounts Manager, Siemens-Nixdorf
  • 1985-1987, Sales assistant, Cikam
  • 1984-1985, Sales assistant, Afga-Gevaert
  • 1979-1984, The Royal Netherlands Army

 I love to exercise (running, going to the gym, skiing), to relax, to cook with friends and really wind down once a month with the “Hatseflats-club” (an aftercare group for the parents of children that have finished primary school;-).












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