video Published on November 19, 2020

Everard Van Zoelen: HHM Entrepreneur of the Year 2020!

On 19 November 2020, the HHM 'Entrepreneur of the year 2020' was elected. After a head to head race between the three finalists, Everard Van Zoelen from ISAOSA eventually won the title. Lia Bijnsdorp from United Producers of Mexico came in second, followed by Jeroen Posma from Mexico Business Publishing in third place.

Holland House Mexico would like to congratulate Everard Van Zoelen for winning the HHM 'Entrepreneur of the Year 2020' award. You are an inspiration to all entrepreneurs and wish you all the best in your future endeavours.

This year’s award election started in October, when the first of two rounds to nominate the entrepreneurs took place. Entrepreneurs could either nominate themselves or were nominated by third parties. Consequently, a total of 9 nominations were made throughout October. After careful selection, our expert jury selected 3 candidates as finalists.

On 2 November the second and final round of this year's competition started. The candidates competed against each other through a public online poll made available through our social media channels and website. With a total of over 5,000 votes from all over the world the online poll was a huge success.

After a wild start, especially for Lia Bijnsdorp, the number of votes temporarily stagnated until a sharp increase in the number of votes became evident in the days leading up to the election date. Until the very last moment, Lia Bijnsdorp from United Producers of Mexico and Everard Van Zoelen from ISAOSA had an exciting head to head race resulting in Everard Van Zoelen securing this year´s title on the very last day of voting.

On 19 November, both the nominees and the jury took part in a celebratory virtual round table. In addition to the virtual award ceremony, topics of entrepreneurship in Mexico were discussed in a panel led by Ambassador Wilfred Mohr.

After virtually receiving the award, Everard van Zoelen responded: "This is of course very nice or as you say here in Mexico - Muy padre!" Finally, van Zoelen thanked his team and suppliers and other entrepreneurs who had previously congratulated him on his victory. Check out the winner's first reaction in the video below.

Van Zoelen will soon receive the physical trophy and a certificate for 'HHM Entrepreneur of the Year 2020'. An in-dept interview with Everard will also be published on our website shortly.

On behalf of Holland House Mexico, we would like to thank all nominees for participating in the election. Most importantly we´d like to congratulate all Dutch entrepreneurs in Mexico on their outstanding performance and resilience in terms of entrepreneurship. We wish you a happy Day of the Entrepreneur!

The 2020 nominees are:

United Producers of Mexico - Lia Bijnsdorp

Umvel - Frank Van de Ven

Ornamental Growers Group - Tammo Hoeksema

Hotel con Corazon - Saskia Fiselier

Hortisoluciones - Dennis De Zeeuw

Mexico Business Publishing - Jeroen Posma

MexNed - Wim Timmerman

DAfdf - Paul van der Voort

Our special thanks to jury members Ambassador Wilfred Mohr, Henk Keizer, Steven Buter, and Koen Houwen, winner of last year’s edition, for their valuable support in selecting candidates for the HHM Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2020. Last but not least, thank you all for voting!