Author: Antonia Schlote (bdp Bormann, Demant & Partner)
Last edited: 12 July 2023
In the world of tax, legal, and accounting services, professionals often seek avenues for knowledge exchange, networking, and international collaboration. Fokko Jolles, a seasoned auditor and founder of his own firm, found precisely what he was looking for when his firm became a member of EuropeFides—an esteemed association of professionals across Europe and beyond. We sat down with Fokko Jolles, from Jolles & Ko Accountants B.V., to talk about his experiences since joining the association. This article delves into his journey as a member, and explores the advantages of being part of the EuropeFides network.
Fokko Jolles and His Firm's Membership in EuropeFides
Fokko Jolles, now a Registered Auditor (RA) from the Netherlands, embarked on his professional career with a background in food technology. However, drawn by his passion for numbers and a desire for intellectual fulfillment, he transitioned to accountancy, becoming a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) equivalent in the UK. After gaining valuable experience at Ernst & Young, Fokko sought a smaller firm that would offer him and his ambitions a faster progression of professional growth. This led him to join FoedererDFK, a top-ranked global firm and within three years he became a partner there. However, driven by a desire for independence and a more personalized approach, he took a leap of faith and established his own auditing firm, Jolles & Ko Accountants B.V., 21 years ago. Starting with only two people, he had the goal of keeping his firm close knit and personalized with 12-15 employees at the max. In 2017, Fokko discovered EuropeFides and decided to explore its potential for collaboration and professional growth. Since then, he has been serving on the association’s Management Committee for several years and also served as President in 2021.
The Advantages of Being Part of the EuropeFides Network
EuropeFides offers a multitude of advantages to its members. Firstly, it provides a platform for professionals to exchange knowledge, share best practices, and foster business relationships. By connecting with other experts from diverse backgrounds—such as tax lawyers, legal experts, accountants, and auditors—members gain valuable insights into different business practices, enabling them to better serve clients with international operations. Additionally, EuropeFides facilitates cross-border referrals, allowing members to tap into a broader client base and expand their professional reach.
The Membership Process and Referrals within EuropeFides
Prospective members undergo a thorough evaluation by the membership board, ensuring that they meet the association's high standards of professionalism and expertise. The board also reviews the firm's reputation, experience, and commitment to ethical practices. Successful applicants gain access to a vibrant network of like-minded professionals and enjoy the benefits of EuropeFides membership, including collaboration opportunities, professional support, and business referrals.
Advantages for Individuals and Young Professionals
Being a member of EuropeFides holds significant advantages for individuals and young professionals in particular. The association offers a platform for personal and professional growth, providing access to a wealth of resources, mentorship opportunities, and continuing education. EuropeFides also operates an international internship program, offering young professionals the chance to gain hands-on experience in different member firms across the globe. This program not only enhances their skills and knowledge but also cultivates a global perspective, preparing them for future challenges in an increasingly interconnected world.
Camaraderie, Meetings, and Cooperation
Beyond its professional benefits, EuropeFides fosters a sense of camaraderie and cooperation among its members. Regular meetings, both in person and virtually, enable professionals to connect, exchange ideas, and forge lasting friendships. The association organizes conferences, seminars, and workshops that provide opportunities for members to deepen their expertise, stay abreast of industry developments, and collaborate on challenging projects. The sense of community within EuropeFides is a testament to the association's commitment to creating a supportive and engaging environment for professionals.
EuropeFides first and foremost is the people behind it. It truly is defined by the remarkable individuals who make up its core. What sets EuropeFides apart is its collaborative mindset, grounded in the belief in the power of synergy and cooperation. In the complex and ever-changing world of taxation, auditing, legal services, and accounting, EuropeFides understands the challenges businesses face in navigating this intricate and international landscape.
Thus, EuropeFides, as an esteemed association of professionals in tax, legal, and accounting services, offers a multitude of advantages for its members. Fokkos' journey as a member highlights the benefits of being part of this network. Through EuropeFides, professionals gain access to a vibrant platform for knowledge exchange, collaboration, and international referrals. The association's membership process ensures high standards of professionalism and expertise. Moreover, EuropeFides provides opportunities for personal and professional growth, especially for young professionals, through mentorship programs and international internships. The sense of camaraderie and cooperation within the association further enhances the member experience. As EuropeFides continues to foster professional growth and international collaboration, it remains a vital hub for professionals seeking to excel in their respective fields and make a lasting impact in the global business landscape.
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