Jolanda and Rob Koppen have gone a new path after the children have left home under the motto: we do not want to wait for our retirement. We now want to do the things we like and find important. And we do them the rest of our lives. Together we run the Hofstede. Jolanda as hostess and Rob, as a consultant, creates and executes programs for both private and business customers.

Jolanda has been active in primary education including the school board, and has worked as a pharmacy assistant, secretary and teacher in primary education. Rob is a chartered accountant by background, EDP Auditor, management consultant and horse and team coach. He is trained as non executive board member at Neijenrode and taught administrative organization and audit techniques at NIVRA. He has worked as (assistant) auditor with KPMG, British Petroleum and Ernst & Young Accountants. As a partner at Ernst & Young Consulting and SeederDeBoer and at Capgemini in different (alternate -) Division Director roles, Sales Director, International Business Process Outsourcing and IT Outsourcing Director and he was CFO in the Netherlands.

From 1 January 2013 Rob and Jolanda work as proud owners and entrepreneurs from Hofstede de Rieke Smit.