In December 2015, Vanderlande invited me to the completion ceremony for its BHS project at King Abdul Aziz International Airport, Saudi Arabia. Being a customer at the time, it didn’t cross my mind that I could one day be leading on prestigious projects such as this.

Fast forward three months, and to my surprise Vanderlande offered me the position to manage one of the projects within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Although I was considering another job at the time, the company offered the career path and international opportunities I was looking for. Later in May 2022, Vanderlande has decided to assign me as the Key Account Manager for the very project I had celebrated as a customer!

The transition from customer to supplier seemed surreal, but I knew Vanderlande valued my insight and understanding. I quickly realised the importance of listening attentively before taking action – an attribute my wife and family also appreciate!

Over time, the project evolved, presenting new challenges and opportunities. Then, in May 2022, our hard work and commitment to building partnerships paid off when Jeddah Airports awarded us a significant five-year contract.

Reflecting on my journey, I’m glad I was able to experience being a Vanderlande customer first, as it allowed me to appreciate the value of effective communication. Now my role extends beyond professional duties – it’s about fostering relationships and understanding the needs of our customer. Overall, this unexpected twist of fate has resulted in growth for both Vanderlande and myself – now that’s something to celebrate.

More memories

First team Vanderlande Spain

Felipe, Spain

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Namdeo Sakore, India

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Robbert Faas, Netherlands

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My transition from customer to supplier seemed surreal

Ehab Lashkar, Saudi Arabia

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I’ve never looked so silly in my life!

Jean-Pierre Louwers, Netherlands

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Nick Porter, United States

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Donovan Simoes, Netherlands

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Huub van de Weijer, Netherlands

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Jason Pan, China

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