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From Holland to South Africa – a dream job becomes reality

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He’s outgoing, interested and flexible – the right mix for an international career. All he needed was an employer offering the right prospects. Luckily Tom Homan-Free found ProMinent.

Sound schooling and ongoing further education

Born in the USA, raised in a small town to the north-east of Utrecht in Holland – and a member of ProMinent’s sales team in Johannesburg, South Africa, since January 2018. Tom Homan-Free has invested a lot in his career and made the most of the opportunities he has come by.

In 2013, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and launched his career at ProMinent Verder B.V. as an in-house sales engineer. He specialised in water disinfection systems for the food and beverage industry and switched to the field service team. Here, he gained experience in customer projects of varying sizes, advising breweries and food producers. After almost four years in the job, he was ready to make his next career move – a responsible position in an international ProMinent branch

New professional challenge in South Africa

Within the global ProMinent Group, there are always opportunities to take on new roles or gain professional experience in other countries. Interested staff can get in touch with the country and branch managers themselves at international ProMinent meetings and trade fairs. Of course, the HR departments of the countries involved will assist too.

During a branch meeting in 2017 in Poland, Tom Homan-Free spoke at length to Jock Bartolo, Managing Director of ProMinent South Africa and Africa, about a vacancy he had at that time. The young Dutch man then visited the team in South Africa – he had made up his mind and the process of changing jobs got underway. He describes the support he got from ProMinent as follows: “From organising my visit to the branch in Johannesburg and even some local customers, to handling formalities like my visa and other documents, my colleagues were fantastic.”

Careers in a global age

Since January 2018, Tom Homan-Free has been putting his extensive knowledge to good use in projects in the food and beverage industry and water treatment projects for South African customers. “My focus is to continue to grow our share of the market, share my experiences from projects I’ve managed in the Netherlands and learn about applications in South Africa,” explains the new industrial manager. “Every production site and every process is different.” So every customer and every project is a new challenge. Finding the right ProMinent product to deliver an optimum solution to what the customer needs is challenging but the customers really appreciate the work you put in,” says Tom Homan-Free of his new job. He has taken the opportunities presented to him at ProMinent, switching from sales engineer to industrial manager and has turned his dream of an international career into reality – ProMinent wishes him every success in the future!

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