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.
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 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.
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.
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
Memberships Committee Chair
Emma Atkin-Brenninkmeyer has been involved with the AABC since April 2019. The Dutch-American connection has always played a significant role in her life, having grown up in Boston and living either part or full-time in Amsterdam since 2008. Professionally she works in the areas of Global Health and Charity Management, with a particular interest in drug policy and philanthropy. In her free time she enjoys finding new places to eat and drink and searching for her next vintage treasure.
Events Committee Co-Chair
John moved from New York to Amsterdam in 1997 and he has been a member of the AABC since 2019. With over twenty five years of retail experience at some of the most well known department and specialty stores in both the United States and Europe, he has been able to experience first-hand the ever changing climate of the retail industry.
His current focus revolves around networking, hosting, guest relations and hospitality. Prior to joining the AABC, John hosted MEET GREET EAT events at: Brasserie Tot Zo, Hummbar, Vapiano and Ron Gastrobar Downtown in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Almere and Groningen.
As co-chair of the Events Committee, his main goals are to find top locations, secure engaging speakers and arrange every last detail to perfection for our events.
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.
Marketing, Social Media and Communications Originally from Boston, MA, Andrew is passionate about all things international. He enjoys speaking several languages, and has lived in London, Madrid, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, San Juan and across the U.S. Now, he calls Amsterdam home. In 2014, he founded Element Content, a B2B marketing agency telling client stories to position them as thought leaders. He received a BA in Political Science from Middlebury College and an MA in Marketing from The Fletcher School at Tufts University. Andrew is happy to be a member of such a dynamic organization as the AABC.
“A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike.” – John Steinbeck
Kristien van Elteren
Club Liaison Kristien has been an AABC member for over 4 years. She is a serial entrepreneur and venture capitalist, a business builder and strategic innovator. Kristien is a transaction focused entrepreneur with an expertise in M&As. With an MBA degree in Strategic Business Innovation and years of knowledge, Kristien is well versed in seeing opportunities and growing busineses; traits she is known for in her network. Kristien started her journey of entrepreneurship at young age. She moved from The Netherlands to build her first successful international company in the United States, which has since been taken over and is still flourishing under another umbrella. Kristien owns a real estate portfolio with harbour Jachthaven Vinkeveen www.jachthavenvinkeveen.nl and properties for medium term rental in Amsterdam, South Short Stay Houses www.shortstayhouses.com Vision Kristien www.kristienvanelteren.com
“Don’t think in or outside the box, but imagine there is No Box at all, that’s where the Magic Happens”.
Board Member - Vice Chairman 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
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.
Memberships Committee Co-Chair
After studying Fashion Management, Roel began a career in fashion retail as well as fashion wholesale. He has learned a lot during this 20 year period, and now, as a Personal Tailor at ZANO | Luxury Tailoring he takes pride in making his clients look good and feel confident when presenting themselves. Roel brings value to the AABC because he excels at making people feel welcome and helping others meet new contacts, all of which will have a positive effect on the AABC.
“I am not what happened to me, but I am what I decided to be.” – C.G. Jung