Born and raised in The Netherlands to a family of 6, I was always happy-go-lucky, curious and competitive growing up with 3 sisters. When I was 3 years old, we relocated to Huntsville, Alabama where I started learning English as a little Dutch boy in the heart of the South! Once I returned to The Netherlands at age 7, I excelled in school having had a jump start with a second language in the US. Later, if 3 sisters weren't enough, my parents fostered 3 more sisters and a brother while I was in my teens; two of which still live with my parents to this day. Next, I was off to college where I studied Commercial Economics and International Management Marketing. I studied both in The Netherlands as well as in Sundsvall, Sweden where I first met a Seattle girl by the name of Erin, that unbeknownst to me, would become my wife 11 years later.
Upon graduating college, I began working for an American video surveillance company as an assistant product line manager. This position taught me to work efficiently as I became fairly tech savvy and learned how to market products. After surveillance, I moved into the banking industry as an adviser for the International Client Desk, helping clients who were relocating from outside The Netherlands. I assisted these clients with their banking needs from simple tasks of acquiring a debit card to more complicated processes like setting them up with a mortgage. Here I gained a great deal of experience working with people from different countries and cultures.
In 2017, I finally made the big move to the US after spending a year