It is with deep sadness that the Veldeman Group announces the death of Georges Veldeman
Following an unequal fight against illness, Georges Veldeman died in hospital on 15 January with his family at his side. He was the personification of “Citizen of Limburg – World Citizen”, having travelled all around the world. His tents have been erected in more than 50 countries. Known and rewarded for his hard work, but especially for his courage to grow.
In 1970, Georges Veldeman took up the torch from Pol Veldeman, who ran a rental company in sails and ropes, subsequently founding his own tent rental company Georges Veldeman nv 7 years later, based at the Vostert Business Park in Bree. The world soon got to know Georges, and the international expansion of his company began with branches in USA and Chile.
His track record of success includes Olympic VIP villages, sports halls for international football and sports clubs, shelters for the American army and temporary infrastructure for the G8 and G20 Saint Petersburg summits. It was a captivating time, seeing the company grow from a local player to an international leader.
“He put his heart and soul into his work for 47 years.”
In 2017, he decided to ensure the company’s continuity and a management buy-out was successfully completed under the leadership of CEO Andy Moors and his management team. According to Georges, it was a logical step to leave the company in the hands of the experienced and well-functioning management team.
“An inspiration for many colleagues in the workplace.”
Many colleagues have worked with him for many years, a reason why the news has hit them particularly hard. “Mr Veldeman”, as they called him in the workplace, will be remembered as daring and venturesome. He dared to make decisions and saw mistakes as investment towards growth.
His vision in terms of business and life in general will continue to be an inspiration within the Veldeman Group. The further professionalisation of the company into a specialised and innovative leader in solutions with modular, demountable infrastructure and related customer-orientated services will be continued by the current team. We would like to thank him for his years of hard work, job satisfaction and life lessons. Finally, we would like to express our deepest condolences to his family and wish them strength and comfort in their time of loss.
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