Anno de Ridder
Where are you from?
I was born in Rotterdam, and after I did my military service at the age of 20 I went to live together with my partner in Amsterdam Oud-West, on Kinkerstraat. After a few years in Purmerend and a short time in Mijdrecht, I ended up in Hoorn in 1997, where I still live.
What kind of education did you have?
I went to pre-university education but then did my military service to think about what I wanted to do. My first job was in a telecom company, for the PTT in Amsterdam, where I did the administration for private connections.
What makes Dynamic People unique?
Coming from a big IT company compared to Dynamic People, you see how enthusiastic and agile working in a small organisation with big ambitions and courage is.
What’s your role within Dynamic People?
At Dynamic People I have the role of project manager.
What do you look for in a job, and what makes working for Dynamic People so much fun?
A realistic combination of common sense, pragmatism, hard work, fun, deadlines, no nonsense and results. Also coming together with your co-workers to achieve as much as possible as fast as possible, while still looking after the well-being of who you’re working with, because sometimes we really put in long hours.
What are your ambitions?
I always found it difficult to map out a career path because I never knew exactly what I wanted to do, not even when I was young. That’s why I decided to see what came my way and go with it. I think I found my calling in project management because I love working with people to produce a result, and to lead and guide things throughout that process.
Do you have a particular passion/hobby?
My hobby is cycling, and sometimes I still go rowing. When I was young I rowed in the junior world championships twice, in 1980 in Hazewinkel, Belgium and in 1981 in Sofia, Bulgaria. I’m also a real handyman. I’ve done a lot of home improvement projects in and around our house in Hoorn. After cycling and home improvement projects I love enjoying good food with some good beer, especially craft beers.
What would you say is your life motto?
Be happy with what you have and treasure it while you have it. More isn’t always better or necessary.