career highlights

Cruise Director – Holland America Line. 2017 – 2019 • At Sea

As the company’s principal brand ambassador on board, I hosted all major shows, events and functions. I made all PA announcements and served as a mentor to all guest-facing entertainment staff. I managed the entertainment department and was responsible for entertainment programming, planning and execution.

Wedding Officiant – Vallarta Adventures. 2015 – 2017 • Mexico

I hosted and officiated festive non-denominational wedding ceremonies on the beach, both in English and in Spanish. For two years, I was Vallarta Adventures’ principal Wedding Officiant, performing a total of 183 weddings in paradise.

Creative Consultant – Independent.  2002 – Present.

As an independent consultant, I have created scripts, PR strategies, public grant applications for the arts and artistic concepts for a variety of clients in Europe, the Caribbean, the U.S. and Mexico.

Event Manager / MC – Mon Art Productions.  1993 – 2013 • Curaçao

Management, PR and hosting of the National Education & Career Fair of Curaçao. I started in my early teens at the first edition of the fair, accidentally becoming ‘the voice of the fair’ when I briefly filled in for the MC on the PA system. The exhibitors liked my voice so much, that I was asked to emcee the remainder of the 3-day event. I returned as main host of this annual event until its 20th anniversary in 2013.

Travel Guide Holland America Line.  2011 • At Sea

Having proven my skills within Holland America Line, I was asked to return to the company to accumulate historical, entertainment and practical information about destinations on a brand-new Holland America Itinerary.  I advised the Head Office on content for the new European market and also designed and tested the destination talks.

Senior PR Advisor (Interim) Hogeschool INHOLLAND.  2011 • The Netherlands

Advised the Board of Directors on corporate communications and crisis management. In 2010/2011 Inholland suffered considerable reputation damage, due to suspected fraud issues. I was part of the first line crisis team to not only attend with Public Relations, but also devise inventive marketing strategies and campaigns with immediate effect to overturn the reputation damage incurred.

Event Manager / Show Host Holland America Line.  2006 – 2010 • At Sea

As head of the Entertainment Department, I was responsible for 65 entertainment staff, including a show cast, musicians, broadcasting department, activities staff and more.  Besides being one of the main faces and voices of the ship, I was also in charge of entertainment programming, management of events, as well as design and publishing of onboard marketing material and special campaigns.

Public Relations Intern Stage Entertainment.  2001 • Amsterdam

As an intern, I assisted the PR Managers of the touring productions Rex and Titanic, as well as those of the stationary productions Saturday Night Fever and Aida. Among other things, I was responsible for assisting with the opening nights of Titanic and Aida and independently running the nation wide PR of Rex.

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