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Lennert De Jong vice-chair of IAM Young Professionals
IAM, the International Association of Movers, doesn’t need any introductions for anyone who’s active in the moving industry. The Young Professionals are a separate group within IAM. “As an affiliate group within IAM, we are enthusiastic go-getters under 40 who love to brainstorm,” Lennert explains, “and we have an ambitious program where we exchange ideas, network, launch business initiatives and devote time to charities.
Basically, our goal is to be a platform that promotes the personal and professional development of all members 39 and younger.” Elections were held in August for a new Young Professionals board. Previously vice-chair, Sheena Kiser of Seacorp was elected as chair and Lennert De Jong of Gosselin is the new vice-chair. “It’s a huge honor,” Lennert says.
How do you network in times of corona?
“We’ve come up with new ways to still be able to ‘meet up’, such as happy hours and interesting online sessions. The online sessions were really a bright spot during the lockdown phase; it was a way for colleagues and friends in the industry to socialize. During the online session there was an opportunity to donate to Move For Hunger: this charity focuses on the pandemic and supports people who have been hit the hardest by corona through donations to MoveForHunger. You can still make a donation to this cause, and I urge everyone to do this.”
About the AIM Young Professionals
IAM-YP members receive all electronic communications sent by the Association, including the IAM-YP eNewsletter, On the Move. They appear in our online directory, and have access to Facebook groups where they share information and network.
Aside from the year-round benefits, YPs also have their own schedule of events at the IAM Annual Meeting with ample networking opportunities. Some highlights of the IAM-YP schedule include a teambuilding event, IAM-YP welcome reception, and the very popular Social Mixer, which in the latest physical form was a “Party With A Purpose” in support of the Alan F. Wohlstetter Scholarship Fund.
IAM-YP membership is open to those individuals who are employees of IAM Members and who are 39 years old or younger when they join the group. To join the IAM-YP, fill out the membership form and click submit. You will be contacted by IAM staff.
Gosselin is a leading provider of international moving and destination services. Our clients are multinationals, relocation management companies, expats, diplomats, military personnel and private persons. With 56 offices in 34 countries, Gosselin has a strong presence in Europe, Eastern Europe, Russia, the Caucasus and Central Asia.
Gosselin is a division of the Gosselin Group that has its headquarters in Antwerp, Belgium. The company was founded in 1930 and employs a staff of 800 that generates more than 270 million Euros in turnover.