The Netherlands American Chamber of Commerce for the Southeastern U.S., under the leadership of a new president, seeks to expand the chamber’s reach into the region by opening a new chapter in South Carolina.
Pieter van der Toorn, president of Interface Services, a subsidiary of Interface Inc., was elected to the 12-month post at the April 19 annual members board meeting, taking over from Bernard Vanderlande.
Mr. Vanderlande, managing partner at the executive search firm Tula International, is to remain on the board.
Mr. Van der Toorn is organizing a meeting with South Carolina businesspeople interested in doing business in the Netherlands and representatives of Dutch companies on May 23 in Charleston, S.C., the chamber’s first foray outside of Atlanta.
“The foundation of the Netherlands Chamber in Atlanta is stronger than ever,” due to the number and quality of events it has held over the past year, he said in a news release.
A native of The Hague in the Netherlands, Mr. Van der Toorn was employed by Heuga, a Dutch carpet tile company that Interface acquired in 1988.
Interface has its corporate headquarters in Atlanta and operations in LaGrange and outside of the U.S. in Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom.
Mr. Van der Toorn has a bachelor of business administration degree from Ninjerode, the Netherlands College of Business, and a master’s degree in international business studies from the University of South Carolina.
Upcoming events that the chamber is supporting are a May 10 women’s business luncheon with Rebecca Messina, vice president of global marketing capability and integration at the Coca-Cola Co., and the Atlanta Street Alive event on May 20, which is to forbid motor vehicle traffic on North Highland Avenue from 2-6 p.m. on behalf of cyclists and skate boarders.
To learn more about the chamber’s activities, go here.