I have had the privilege in my career of counseling many top class entrepreneurs and communications professionals. Here is a selection of what they had to say about our collaboration.
From Brooke Christopher, Global Marketing and Communications Manager at Pelco (American manufacturer of video security systems):
Bar none, one of the most dedicated, committed, and talented communications and press relations professional I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with. I know that whenever Jo is leading the strategy and execution of a media or communications project, I can be confident that the execution will be flawless. Jo is always one step ahead, always putting in the time (many late nights to get it done), and his work style is intelligent, I trust him. Jo’s experience, thoughtful approach, and his calm and collected manner make the work easy.
From Raphael Wermuth, Media Relations Manager at Barry Callebaut (Swiss food manufacturer):
Jo is a true PR professional. He does not only add value with his vast knowledge of how today’s corporate communications should be orchestrated, I also got to know him as somebody with a strong personality who was both very convincing and inspiring.
From André Thomas, CEO of Triseum (American manufacturer of educational video games):
I had the pleasure of working with Jo during the last few years. Jo did not only provide excellent advice and service to our company but also pro-actively came up with ideas and suggestions on how to improve our offerings, messaging and approach. I can highly recommend Jo to anyone. His expertise, market knowledge and business acumen will be a significant benefit to any organization.
From Barbara Janssens, Corporate Communications Manager at Essent Belgium (German energy company):
I consulted Jo about strategic pr and communications work. What I most appreciated about Jo was his calm approach and his ability to ask the right questions in order to take some distance and see the “big picture.”
From Bart Decaluwé, Corporate Affairs Manager at Matexi (Belgian project development company):
Jo was an excellent media trainer. The training Jo gave me really helped me improve the way I deliver my messages to journalists and prepare for each and every talk with a journalist. The training style of Jo is a big factor in the success of his training sessions: trainees get a precious blend of patience, empathy and humor.
From Annemieke Dubois, owner at Berkeley International (British matchmaker agency):
I worked with Jo at the launch of Berkeley International in Belgium. The launch campaign was successful in that all targets were met and this was thanks to Jo’s strategic analysis, calm approach and professional skills!
From Steven Vinckier, Head of Unit International Environmental Policy at Vlaamse Milieumaatschappij (Flemish Environmental Agency):
In 2012 we send out a tender for a PR-campaign on a series of raising awareness events in a bilingual/bicultural area with regard to integrated water management. Jo and his team could surprise us by all means with a surprisingly well-fitted campaign for an area where no one had gone before. Eventually the campaign was successfully in all its targets because simple has all the professional skills we were looking for with a good sense of planning the job and communicating with us as not-so-easy customers.
From Dominique Renders, spokesperson at De Lijn (Flemish public transportation company):
More than a year ago I made a career switch and decided to make my first steps in the world of communication as a spokesperson. In part because of the professional support of Jo I managed to learn the tricks of the trade very quickly. His open style and honest feedback made for a steep learning curve. What turned out to be very efficient was his mix of theory, role play and overall interactive approach. I greatly enjoyed working with Jo and am grateful for all the pointers he has given me.