We are pleased to announce that Dick Hulsbos & Erik Van Ierssel will be representing Kirk & Kirk in the Benelux territory. Friends and business partners for over 30 years, they bring a wealth of experience and expertise, and we look forward to having them on board.
(Erik wears Victor in Earth and Dick Victor in Violet)
We sat down with Dick to ask him a few questions, so you can get to know them a bit better.
Tell us a bit about the roles you both play –
DH: Hi! My main role is as a salesman for the Northern part of Benelux, but as the owner of the business I manage everything from the marketing and communications to all the other little jobs in-between, I’m forever busy! Erik is also a salesman, but for the southern part of the Netherland and has been my partner for 28 years!
Incredible! And when did you come to know the Kirk & Kirk brand?
DH: I’ve worked in optics a long time, over 40 years and Erik 30 years. I came to know of the Kirk brand about 10 years ago after meeting Jason at the tradeshows, it’s great to finally be working together and with a brand that has such a rich heritage.
What is your favourite thing about the eyewear industry?
DH: In short – all aspects! Of course, the product itself; the creativity and evolution of glasses and sunglasses is amazing, but I also enjoy the marketing of the brands, the production techniques and the people – we’ve made a lot of friends over the years.
Where did you meet?
DH: We met 30 years ago through a recommendation from a customer. I was looking for a rep, Erik was looking for a challenge! It worked out pretty well!
Tell us a little bit about what you enjoy outside of work –
DH: I love to read (fiction and non-fiction), to write (columns) and travel – from city breaks to long cycling holidays, also cooking and watching racing. I am an ex-racing driver so am a huge fan. Erik shares my passion for cooking, but also spends a lot of time on the tennis court or at Carnival! We are perhaps workaholic’s but we try to live by the motto ‘work hard, relax hard’ – and will often combine work trips with a holiday, such as a visit to Lake Como after Mido in Milan. We have some great customers in the Caribbean, so will make an annual trip there for some sunshine!