Member Spotlight: Nate Volkema

17 Feb 2016 3:33 PM | Nicole Paquette (Administrator)

 Spotlight on Nate Volkema, member since 2006, and former board/committee member! Company: VantagePointe Financial Group-Lakeshore Firm Job Title: Financial Advisor

What brought you to the Holland area? I was born and raised in Holland.  I moved back to Holland after attending Hillsdale College.

How did you discover HYP? What kept you involved with HYP?  I had heard of HYP when it was first organized as a great organization for Young Professionals.  A client of mine was involved and he encouraged me to get involved, this was back in 2006ish.  I have been involved ever since for a variety of reasons, but I really enjoy meeting new people from a wide range of professions, who are the next up and comers in our community.

In your opinion what makes HYP an asset to the Holland/Zeeland area?  HYP is a great way for Young Professionals to build their network in a comfortable environment.  It is also a great way to begin getting involved with the community by serving on a committee or getting involved at a board level.  These are great stepping stones to further your impact on the local community.

How did you become involved with your current work/place of employment? I joined our firm after having my own insurance agency for a year after college. I originally worked out of our Grand Rapids office.  I open up my office in Holland back in 2007 because the majority of the clients and businesses I work with are along the lakeshore. 

What are some projects you are working on that you are looking forward to? I am currently working with several small businesses and helping them start and/or upgrade the retirement plans for their employees.  For a majority of individuals, their group retirement plan is the foundation for their retirement savings, and I really enjoy helping people get off to a strong start.

Are you involved in any other organizations in the area? If so which organizations? I am involved in a variety of nonprofits in the area. I am a member of the local Masonic Lodge and Shriner’s organizations, where I serve in various capacities.  I have also been asked to serve on the advisory board for Kids Food Basket here in Holland.

What are some of your interests outside of work and HYP? We have a 2 year old daughter, which keeps us busy and entertained.  We enjoy traveling as well as sailing and spending time on the water during the summer.

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