@maikelvdm – Hey @joelecarlson Thanks for having me
Q – #1 So @maikelvdm, where did you grow up, where have you lived and what kind of schooling/training have you received?
A: Grew up in Asten, The Netherlands (1.5 hrs South East of Amsterdam, 4 hrs North of Paris). Lived in both Holland and the US
School, Design Academy in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Studied design, art direction and marketing.
Q – #2 Interesting. So what kind of work have you done in the past, and what got you into eco/green-marketing now?
A: Managed many jobs, graphic designer, art & creative director. Strategic director and marketing director.
Having spend almost 20 years in marketing I felt us marketers needed to take greater responsibility on how we market products
Since I have mainly worked in the consumer goods category, it’s easy to see where many great improvements can be made
Both @BjorgvinS and I were on the same page regarding all things green, which related to our European up bringing
And @Element_Six was born.
Q – #3 Awesome! Can you give some examples (pics or links) to some of your work?
As I’m sure you can imagine, this is not even the tip of the iceberg. So am showing my age here
Q – #4 No worries! So is your client base primarily in MN, the US or is it broader than that even?
A: We currently enjoy a very diverse client base, from Istanbul, Turkey, to LA, NYC, & Eden Prairie. What’s not to love
That said, Mpls provides us with a perfect geo location serving both coasts and direct flights back to Europe.
Q – #5 Congrats! Now for some of your FAVS: Favorite – Restaurant, store, comfort food, eco/green product and tech-gadget.
A: Restaurant – Lurcat & Namaste in Uptown. Store, Diesel, Replay, GStar and Hugo Boss store, all in Holland.
Comfort food: Dutch pancakes and anything indonesian, such a big part of the Dutch culture
Tech gadget: Anything Apple, although I wish it wasn’t so. Unfortunately, they do rock their gadgets.
Favorite green & eco product: Any type of bicycle. Peddling a bicycle is the ultimate green & health experience.
Q – #6 Cool! Now what kind of physical training are you doing now, and how long have you been involved with it?
A: Triathlons seem to be my thing. Will starting training for my second Ironman race, June 2011 in France.
Been biking and running most of my life, started tri’s roughly 4 years ago. Not a big swimmer, but am improving on this
Q – #7 You have quite a full life, in addition to your involvement with the #jmu612 group. Does it get overwhelming some times?
A: Sure seems like I have a full life, not mentioning another active wear business @ThreeActive I’m involved with.
Thing is, when you work with talented people like; @BjorgvinS @ericamayer @JoelECarlson & many others all will be good
Plus, sleep is waaay overrated, I think. Right?
Q – #8 Haha! So to end today, what life advice or mantra can you share today?
A: I don’t think I am in a position to share any life mantra or advice. I am who I am, take it or leave it. It’s all good.
@JoelECarlson – Fair enough. Thanks @maikelvdm for sharing some of your thoughts today. Have a great afternoon! #jectv
@maikelvdm – Thanks for having me, Joel. Continue fighting the good fight, sire. #jectv is a great asset to our twitter community. Cheers!