Emile has extensive experience working with large companies both on the financial and process sides. Despite achieving a beautiful career at a young age, he missed something— he missed the independence that would allow him to put his ideas into practice. During a vacation with his good school friend Jitze, he realized—“We must join forces.” With Lighthouse, Emile can work with companies that he is passionate about.
Because Emile has been involved in just about every aspect of running a business, he can quickly identify where a company can improve processes and whether it's an interesting business to invest in. He makes that judgment not only by delving into the books. How do people in the company interact with each other? Do employees seem to feel comfortable working there? Is management in control of the business? Emile quickly translates the human side of business into a concrete improvement process.
“The great thing about SME companies,” says Emile, “is their ability to innovate and their flexibility: what we want today can be set up tomorrow.” That does not mean that every change comes easily— Emile has a talent for persuading and the ability to involve people in change processes. With confidence and humor, he can also deliver difficult messages and take the necessary steps.
Emile loves working with Jitze, and together they form a complementary team: "I come up with wild ideas and Jitze challenges them—and vice versa. That enables us to come up with creative but feasible solutions." Emile works with companies with great growth ambitions and the desire to go all out together. And with Emile's perseverance, not many things are impossible: “I'm at my best when something has been tried three times and still doesn’t work. When I come in, I just make sure it works."