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1st Aruba Human Resources Association Seminar & Exposition 2015 titled: Strategic Workforce Planning and Talent Management

The Aruba Human Resources Association held it’s 1st Aruba Human Resources Association Seminar and Exposition on “Strategic Workforce Planning & Talent Management”. This successful event with over 300 attendees was held at the Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino on the 23rd of October 2015.

Mrs. Tessely Koolman, President of AHRA, welcomed those present to this wonderful event and shared AHRA’s vision on Strategic Workforce Planning and Talent Management and the role of HR professionals as key business partners in the development of their organization and the island of Aruba. Minister of Finance mr. A. Bermudez, opened the seminar by welcoming all present and also illustrated in the importance of the Seminar’s Topic. The Minister of Social Affairs, Youth and Labor drs. Pauldrick Croes was also present at the Seminar  & Exposition.

Attendees from Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, St. Maarten and Suriname had the opportunity to listen in on new ideas and recommendations from International Speakers from the USA and Holland and to attend interactive workshops presented by Human Capital Experts from the Dutch Caribbean. The Exposition Area show-cased different Human Resources solution-providers was enjoyed by all.

The Aruba Human Resources Association would like to take this opportunity to thank their Board Members, their Sponsors, the Speakers, the Workshop Facilitators, the Exposition Partners and Volunteers for the success of the 1st Aruba Human Resources Association Seminar and Exposition.

AHRA Board Members & Organizers:

  • Tessely Koolman, President
  • Angelique Croes-Muller, Vice President
  • Jacques van der Scheer, Secretary
  • Janine Ponson, Treasurer
  • Charlène Nectar, Director of Membership
  • Shadey Bahali, Director of Education
  • Sharenda Clarenda, Director of Public Relations and Protocol
  • Anjali Vishnudatt, Director of Labor
  • Maria Esguerra, Immediate Past President
  • Victor Yarzagary, Seminar Head Volunteer & Coordinator
  • Michelle Brooks, Seminar Master of Ceremony


  • AFAS, Software (Main Sponsor)
  • Divi Resorts
  • Divi & Tamarijn All Inclusives
  • La Cabana Beach Resort and Casino
  • Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino
  • De Palm Tours Aruba
  • Advance Human Resource Services
  • Setar
  • Deloitte Dutch Caribbean
  • Hyatt
  • Paradise Beach Villas
  • Hertz
  • Pension Fund Tourism Sector Aruba
  • Interpoint Development Center Caribbean & Suriname
  • Aruba Bank

International Speakers:

  • Greg Muccio, Senior Manager People Department from Southwest Airlines (USA)
  • Gerard Evers, former Professor of Human Capital Valuation at Tilburg University. Currently owner of Euro-HRM Consultancy (NL)
  • Tami Simon, Practice Leader Career Practice and Knowledge Resource Center for Buck Consultants at Xerox  (USA)
  • Earl Balborda, HR Expert (CUR)
  • Coen Bardelmeijer, Expert Succession Key Positions ING (NL)

Workshop Facilitators:

  • Rothmar A. Coenraad, Manager AFAS Software
  • Ryan Maduro and Rishi Ramsoondar, Transformation Aruba.
  • Nathaly Cabrera, Life Coach, Trainer & HRM Advisor, Dynamis BV
  • Erwin Flim, Owner Dageraad / Purple & Pamela Sweet, Owner /Studio Advies.
  • Karla Kock, Statistician at CBS Aruba
  • Laurens Keesen, Owner Keesen Actuarissen.

 Exposition Partners:

  • AFAS Software
  • Guardian Group Fatum
  • Manpower 4u
  • Alhambra Ballroom
  • Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino
  • Gamma
  • Edumax
  • Insync
  • Onderlingehulp
  • Flexo
  • Deloitte
  • Tempo
  • Tieleman’s
  • Rudy Croes rudycroes.com Digital Strategies & Solutions
  • Tristan Every Flinx Recruitment
  • Pepia