Jitze started his career, like Emile, as an accountant and management consultant at KPMG, but after a few years he chose to be an entrepreneur. Among other businesses, he owned an accounting firm that helped relatively young entrepreneurs to professionalize and grow. The company also helped with mergers and acquisitions and strategic and organizational development. Thus it was that early on in his career, Jitze was already making other companies successful. It was the perfect opportunity for him to share all his practical and business knowledge with those companies: a formula highly appreciated by his customers.
When the global financial crisis broke out in 2008, Jitze saw a huge opportunity. For those who wanted to invest anti-cyclically, this was the perfect time: there were many companies in need of support and capital in order to grow. While on a ski trip, he discussed his ideas with his friend Emile. Lighthouse Investments was born.
Jitze works hard, and he enjoys teaming up with entrepreneurs who are willing to learn and who are dedicated to investing in their businesses. Jitze loves his job most when his ideas are put into practice and the plan comes together. Jitze tends be quite goal-oriented—whereas Emile is good with, for example, creating cultural change within organizations and motivating people, Jitze is more willing to take risks and make firm decisions. They complement each other very well.
Jitze is not only a fanatic at work but also on the hockey field or on skis—at the office as well as on the hockey field, there has to be something at stake. “But fanaticism really should go hand in hand with the willingness to listen and an easy atmosphere,” says Jitze. “The best people to work with are entrepreneurs who take their businesses dead seriously but after work like to have a beer and a great time.”