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.