About The AABC

The Amsterdam American Business Club is a professional networking organization whose main purpose is to help improve business contacts between Dutch and American companies in and around Amsterdam. Consisting primarily of American and Dutch business people, the club also includes a broad variety of nationalities and professional backgrounds.

Founded more than 30 years ago in 1983, the Amsterdam American Business Club was meeting informally even before that. With nearly 1000 members and Interested Parties the AABC is the professional network club for making and maintaining business contacts in an enjoyable, informal setting. We organize over 11 events each year at great locations in and around Amsterdam.

The AABC is governed by our board of directors that consists of many talented individuals of various backgrounds and talents. Our board and committee members serve the AABC on a voluntary basis and all strive to enhance the AABC experience for our members, sponsors and interested parties.

Board Members

Neifor B. Acosta

Chairman
Neifor (pronounced – “Ney-for”) has been a member of the AABC since 2013 and has served on the AABC Board as Membership Chair and Secretary of the Board before stepping in as Chairman in 2018. Originally from Miami, Florida, Neifor was an experienced corporate lawyer based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin prior to moving to Amsterdam in 2012. He is currently the managing director of AGR Consulting B.V., a general business/legal consultancy firm based in Amsterdam. Neifor previously served as CEO of Polymermarketplace B.V., a Dutch technology company that specializes in B2B e-commerce solutions for selling polyolefin material. “The AABC has been a valuable networking resource for me since moving to Amsterdam. Through various AABC events and programs, I’ve had a chance to meet a number of quality contacts that have served me well in many professional and personal situations. I find the AABC to be a great resource for anyone that wants to interact with U.S. nationals as well as other international minded business people who share an interest with the United States. Come join the AABC and share your cultural and business resources with us.”

“Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” — Henry David Thoreau

    Tiffany Coleman

    Treasurer
    Tiffany has been an AABC member for over 3 years and currently works at Citco Group as a Trust Officer – Accounting. She has a bachelors in business administration from Washington State University and an MBA from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She has substantial experience in fiscal administration and accounting protocols.

      Adam Kiolle

      Legal Affairs / Secretary
      Adam Kiolle is an Australian lawyer at the Amsterdam-based firm Blenheim Advocaten. Blenheim is an internationally focused corporate and commercial law firm specialized in helping foreign clients to do business in the Netherlands. As legal counsel, Adam works in the firm’s English speaking transactional, advisory and arbitration practice. Adam joined the AABC board in 2016, taking up the legal affairs portfolio.

        Liam Miner

        Sponsorships
        Liam Miner is an American from Rhode Island now living in Amsterdam for a number of years.  He joined the AABC shortly after moving to the Netherlands.  Liam is the Lead and Engagement Manager for Optimizely, the market leader in Online Experimentation (A/B testing).  Though his background is in politics, Liam has worked in professional services, sales and partnership management for the past 7 years.

        “Leaders aren’t born, they are made.  And they are made just like anything else, through hard work.  And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.”  - Vince Lombardi

          Tim Janisch

          Memberships
          A long term resident of the Netherlands and member of the AABC since 2011, Tim assumed responsibility for AABC Memberships in 2017. Tim is a Human Resources and Sourcing professional, having held senior international positions with ABN AMRO Bank in the US and the Netherlands. Today, Tim has his own consulting practice, active at the intersection of Human Resources, Information Technology, and Business Services.

            Dorien Kuiken

            Events Organizer

            Dorien Kuiken combines a background in Psychology with a deep love for food and drinks and a long association with Amsterdam’s hospitality scene. At the head of Typhoon Hospitality – an international storytelling-agency – she found her sweet spot. Over the last years, she developed marketing strategies for brands like Hyatt, Hendrick’s Gin, Heineken and many more. Dorien directs and drives her team every day to create inspiring, out-of-the-box campaigns for around 50 hospitality related brands – whilst enjoying a cocktail herself as well, of course.

              Veronica Guguian

              Marketing, Social Media and Communications
              Veronica is a marketing expert and the founder of SPIN Ideas, a company specialized in marketing for startups and SMEs. She started SPIN Ideas because she is passionate about discovering the story behind the company and turning it into a marketing strategy. Veronica has been a member of the AABC since 2010 and joined the Board in 2016 to help with the club’s marketing and communication strategy.

              “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” — Steve Jobs

                Kristien van Elteren

                Club Liaison
                Kristien has been an AABC member for over 4 years and is a serial entrepreneur. She has travelled all over the world and successfully started many businesses over the years, including one in the United States. Her business talents and experiences have helped her cultivate a very wide international business network that contributes greatly to her success. Kristien is currently the owner of Jachthaven Vinkeveen, located at a unique location less than 10 minutes away from Amsterdam. Her business offers a picturesque boat harbor and Short Stay Houses for expats and business travellers.

                “If people aren’t calling you crazy, you aren’t thinking big enough.” — Richard Branson

                  Eric Burnik

                  Board Member
                  Eric has been a member of the AABC since 2013 and has served on the AABC Board first as Events Chair, the Sponsorships Chair and now a board member. Born in Libya he lived there for 15 years. Because of his experience within different companies and disciplines he has a unique ability to manage multi-disciplinary projects and navigate complex challenges. He is multi-linguist of technology driven businesses. He speaks fluent geek, marketeer, designer, trainer, salesperson, C-suits and difficult client.

                  “Luck is when preparations meets opportunities.” — Oprah Winfrey

                      Jennifer DeWitt Walsh

                      Honorary Board Member
                      Jennifer DeWitt Walsh, a career member of the U.S. Foreign Service, assumed her position as Consul General at the U.S. Consulate General in Amsterdam in July 2019. Prior to her arrival in Amsterdam, she served for three years as the Director of the Special Issuance Passport Agency. Her Department of State career encompasses a variety of assignments, including consular tours at the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, Cuba, and at U.S. embassies in Caracas, Venezuela, and Kingston, Jamaica. She served in a management position in Shanghai, China, as the Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos, Nigeria, and as the Deputy Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Alexandria, Egypt. Her domestic assignments include serving as a Senior Advisor in the Office of e-Diplomacy and as an instructor at the Department of State’s Foreign Service Institute. Jennifer was raised in Wyoming and still calls the Equality State home. Before joining the Department of State, she served on the staff of U.S. Senator Malcolm Wallop, taught history at an international school in Medellín, Colombia, and worked as a professional historian. She holds a B.A. in History from the University of Wyoming, a B.S. in Education from Montana State University, and an M.A. in Public History from Arizona State University. She is married to a retired Foreign Service Officer and has two children.

                        Special Committee Members

                          Kerry Reinking

                          Club Photographer

                              Kirsten Van Rijn

                              Club Website Committee

                                  Noa Rawlinson

                                  Club Audit Committee

                                      Fred Reich

                                      Club Audit Committee

                                          John Sotomayor

                                          Events Committee Co-Chair

                                            Pankaj Taneja

                                            Club Website Committee
                                            Graduate in Electronics, with Post Graduate degree in Management with 25 years of experience in consulting, strategy, digital transformation, e-commerce, ; and a significant working experience with top global companies in customer success, sales, account management and implementation of large e-commerce & IT transformation projects. Successfully leading IT Services, Software Development, Consulting & Cloud Hosting company in Netherlands as Founder & CEO.