Forrest is the new ACB President
Peter Forrest was
elected president of the American Club of Brussels (ACB) for the year 2018
at the Board’s annual election on December 12. Peter has been an ACB member
since 2007 and active on the Board since 2015. Recently retired from GE
Capital, Peter brings to the Club a 30+ year experience in multinational
management. His first decision is to hold a facilitated Board strategy
session in January 2018 to define how ACB can best serve you, our members
and friends, in the years ahead.
Peter was born in
Scotland but lived most of his life in the US where he studied, then
worked, mostly at GE Capital. During his career, he held various leadership
positions in the US, France, UK, and finally in Benelux. Aside from
discovering the world though extensive travel, his other hobbies include
photography, archeology, good wine and making new friends.
new 2018 ExCo committee
Committee for 2018 will be as follows:
Presidents: Melissa Rancourt (1st VP), John Metselaar, Andrew Parker
and Sheila Rosseau
Each ExCo member
is committed to make the American Club of Brussels THE expat place to be.
Look out for the next newsletters to learn more about each ExCo member and
their respective ACB responsibilities.
you, Brian and Mieke!
Brian Dunhill was
elected ACB President for 2017 and, during his tenure, brought a wealth of
new ideas to the Club. His major achievement was to rejuvenate the Club by
developing our social media, among which Facebook and Meetup, and by
organizing activities for our younger members (Linguistic Cafes, Board
Games) which brought a wave of interested people to the Club. Luckily,
Brian will remain on the Board as past president and will enable us to continue
to benefit from his enthusiasm, commitment and ideas.
Mieke Vispoel was
hired in 2009 as Club Administrator and is taking her well-deserved
retirement at the end of 2017. Mieke served the Club expertly and
diligently for the last eight years. Reliable and responsive, Mieke was the
Club’s cornerstone and will be missed by those who worked closely with her
as well as the member who asked a one-off question. We all wish her a
relaxed and fulfilled retirement and hope she will keep in touch.
Pascale Zoetaert will replace Mieke Vispoel as Club Administrator
as of 2018. In addition to holding various positions in corporate
communications, mostly at Sabena and Ackroyd (The Bulletin), Pascale is
also an entrepreneur. She founded an organic restaurant in Schaerbeek and
is active in her companion’s organic wine business. Pascale brings
extensive knowledge in communications to the Club as well as her energy,
enthusiasm and interest for new challenges.