'I have been working for Wagenborg Nedlift for 16 years now. In 2006, I started as a project manager. I completed my education in 1998; first Hydrography at the University of Applied Science and then Civil Technology and Management at the Twente University. My career then started at Smit Salvage in Rotterdam, where I started working as a proposal engineer. After 2 years I was able to make a next step to salvage inspector, a fantastic job in which I was able to see a lot of the world. After this I started as a senior projectmanager at Wagenborg.'
'In particular, the combination between the commercial aspect on the one hand and the operational character on the other. The overall picture makes my job very enjoyable. And I have a lot of freedom and space in my position. The challenge for me is finding potential in certain markets and then improving our network and position in these markets. Fortunately, we have already taken a lot of fine steps in this direction.'
Bert laughs and only thinks a second about this: 'This is where I actually rolled in from the start. When I was just hired, a huge transformer project in northern Germany came our way. I picked it up at the time and completed the project succesfully. That’s where the proverbial ball started rolling.'
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'Firstly, the size of the project was quite a challenge: 5 huge transformers had to be transported. The biggest challenge during this project was to ensure that the transhipment went smoothly, because the quayside at KWS could only be used under extremely strict preconditions.'
Watch the project report Transporting five massive transformers to Vierverlaten high-voltage substation
‘Football! I have been secretary of football association STEVO in Geesteren for 16 years, where I was born and raised. You can often find me on the football pitch. I am also a member of an athletics club and do regular training on recreation level. I also enjoy running trail races, up to 25 kilometres. I also used to play bass in a band, but I quit playing due to a lack of time.'
'Both privately and professionally, I would like to go abroad more often. I have a list of countries I'd like to visit with my wife, but that's a plan for the future when we can travel as a couple again. In terms of work, I would also love to take on some major new projects abroad.'
We should have asked this question the other way around: which countries haven't you seen? Bert sums up: 'Singapore, Vietnam, Pakistan, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Tanzania, Kenya, Sudan, America, Canada, Costa Rica, Panama, Brazil, Hawaii, Istanbul and almost all countries in Europe. However, I never get tired of traveling. That really keeps on tingling somewhere inside!'
Name: Bert Maathuis
Age: 50 jaar
Home situation: Married to Miranda, together they have a son and a daughter
Place of residence: Nijverdal