Account Manager France
ACCOUNT MANAGER FRANCE
The Jan van Paridon flower trading business was taken over by Heemskerk Flowers in Rijnsburg with effect from September 2019. The owner, Jan van Paridon, took six people with him. One of these was Cees Heemskerk. He has been an Account Manager for 14 years and a real sun worshipper. The Italian sun is his absolute favourite. Cees loves visiting Italy. He enjoys doing domestic chores and looking after the garden together with his wife and four children.
Cees comes from a family with three brothers. His father, Jan Bart Heemskerk, was a rose buyer at Verbeek & Bol in Aalsmeer. All three brothers have worked in the flower trade. Some of them decided to head off in a different career direction, but selling flowers will always be associated with the family name.
Cees Heemskerk’s steadfastness, strong opinions and loyalty has certainly turned him into an account manager with his heart in the right place. He sees his customers as one of the most important parts of his work. This is therefore also what he devotes most of his time and attention to. Approaching customers is what he enjoys most. Plenty of contact and communication around any customer orders. Cees thinks monitoring the order picking in the hall and checking for freshness and quality are the most important elements. 'My customers will only ever receive the best of the best from me. Intensive contact with my customers has allowed me to develop a personal relationship with them, which means that, over time, I know exactly what my customers want and expect.
Diversity of the seasons
The contact with customers is what I enjoy most about being a flower seller. It’s also great to experience the diversity of the seasons. I’ve got a favourite in every season; for example, I love working with delphiniums, bellflowers or spirea in the summer.'
At the end of our chat, I ask Cees what I could possibly wake him up for in the middle of the night. Cees’ very direct answer; 'Well, not a great deal. I would really prefer to be left to sleep at night. Hahaha!'
Cees Heemskerk is Heemskerk Flowers’ Account Manager for the Paris region. Would you like to speak to him about flower deliveries in this area, or do you have a different question? Then please feel free to contact Cees direct via email@example.com or +31(0)714098106.