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Westplan Investors organizes several events in the Netherlands and in the U.S. This is the first Dutch American Heritage Day we’ve organized the event in the Netherlands.

Dutch American Heritage Day has been organized for the last 9 years in Atlanta (Georgia, U.S.).

Are you interesting in the sponsorship possibilities for Dutch American Heritage Day 2015 in the Netherlands or the U.S.?  Please contact Annemiek van den Bosch (Dutch Office), Dit e-mailadres wordt beveiligd tegen spambots. JavaScript dient ingeschakeld te zijn om het te bekijken. - +31 252433455 or Annette Stawasz (U.S. Office) Dit e-mailadres wordt beveiligd tegen spambots. JavaScript dient ingeschakeld te zijn om het te bekijken..  +1 770 390 9378. We are happy to discuss this event in more detail with you.

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Westplan Investors has invested  more than $2 Billion in real estate since its inception in 1994 with a primary focus on apartments.

We have dedicated ourselves to excellence in providing and managing equity investment products for our clients in residential U.S. real estate. We are proud of our proven track record which has contributed to our trusted reputation.


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The Halve Maen

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In the spirit of Hudson’s great voyage, we awarded the Halve Maen Award to an individual who has worked to strengthen the Dutch-American relationship in the Southeast of the US.

Read the press release (Dutch language only)

The Halve Maen (Half Moon) was a Dutch East India Company ship which sailed into what is now New York harbor in September of 1609. As the captain Henry Hudson sailed up the river now bearing his name, he claimed the area for the Dutch and opened the land for settlers who followed.

The arrival of the Halve Maen ship gave the Dutch a significant role in establishing what would become a new nation based on personal freedom, tolerance and liberty.

The nominees of the 2014 Halve Maen Award:

- Henrie van Beusekom (Director, Orlaco)
- Duncan Stutterheim (Founder ID&T, SFX Entertainment Europe)
- Corne Aantjes (Chief Technology Officer, Ortec)
- Bas van Rens (CEO, MYLAPS Sports Timing)

The 2014 Halve Maen committee:
Ewoud Swaak (CEO, Westplan Investors), Erik de Bie (Co-Managing Stakeholder, Greenberg Traurig) and Ramon Scheffer (Director of Financial Reporting Advisory Services, Habif, Arogeti & Wynne LLP).

And the Award Halve Maen 2014 is presented to: Duncan Stutterheim.

Special Guests

U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands - His Excellency Timothy Broas

ambassadeur VSTimothy Broas was nominated by President Barack Obama to be the U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands on January 6, 2014.  He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March 13, 2014 and has officially taken up his duties as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. 


Director- General for Foreign Economic Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Simon Smit

dgSimon Smits is Director-General for Foreign Economic Relations/Vice Minister for Foreign Trade at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Netherlands.

In 1983, he started his work at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Since then, he has served as Head of the Bureau of the Secretary General, Head of the Economic Department at the Netherlands Embassy in South-Africa, Head Nature and Environment at the Permanent Mission to the EU in Brussels, Senior Advisor Government Relations to Shell International and acting Director-General for European Cooperation.

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The first Dutch American Heritage Day, celebrated in the Netherlands, was organized by the Consulate of the Netherlands in Atlanta and Westplan Investors and is taken place on November 20th, 2014 at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

Each year civic organizations, Consulates and Embassies all over the U.S. and in the Netherlands celebrate around November 16th the very special friendship these countries have. Good friends need attention and nurturing and this is why we organize this event. Successful Dutch investors and entrepreneurs are able to network with and learn from peers that are experienced in doing business in the U.S.

In our experience, the U.S. offers, now more than ever, great opportunities to Dutch entrepreneurs and investors and has a very friendly business climate.

The American Chamber
 have endorsed the event and the proud partners of Dutch American Heritage Day are:

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Attention: Dutch American Heritage Day is an invitation only event.


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