Today, for exactly 20 years ago I took a KLM flight to Stockholm, just as I am doing today on the 1st of November, together with my (now upgraded to husband) Michael Gubanski. That day, 20 years ago was much more adventurous. I was permanently going to settle in Sweden and flew to an uncertain future without a job but with lots of expectation and a tiny little bit of Swedish language in my baggage.
Looking back now I can only be grateful for the opportunities Sweden has given me, but actually especially the opportunity some very strong women and men have given me. I look back with gratitude to Helen de Boer, who gave an inexperienced Dutch girl the chance to become her Assistant Revenue Manager. You laid the base to what I am today and I am for ever in your dept for giving me this chance
Thank you also to Anna Sward, who made me Revenue Manager for one of Scandic/Hilton’s flagships; Infra City. You are still an inspiration and role model to a great leader and I am forever grateful to have had you as a mentor.
Miriam Schokker gave me one of the best jobs ever; Area Revenue Manager (ARM) which was the start of my company; area revenue manager. I loved to work with the several, often inexperienced revenue managers at the hotels and this gave me the inspiration to offer this opportunity even for independent hotels.
10 years ago, in 2010 I started Taktikon, which actually got its international start when Katarina Svensson and Oliver Geldner joined the company and made it to what it is today. One of the main revenue managent consultancy’s and a brand name to be proud off.
20 years have gone fast, only when I look back at the young woman I was back then and the person I am today makes me realise what a difference these years make!
2010 I started Taktikon based on my experiences as ARM with the goal to help Revenue Managers to grow and properties that would like to increase result with the help of Revenue Management. Now we are one of the best known brands with 100% happy guests, even in these diring times.
Looking back to these past years it makes me realise how fast time goes, how much can happen and how many fantastic people one can meet along the way. Looking forward to the coming (at least) 20 years to come!