Rönesans Holding


‘Our focus on people makes the difference’

Erman Ilıcak

President and founder Rönesans Holding

When I left my engineering career and founded a small construction company in 1993, my strategy was quite simple; we would do almost the opposite of what the big corporations have been doing! Which meant; we will find hardworking professionals with integrity and entrepreneurial spirit, provide them with an environment where we can all grow together. We would encourage and embrace change and create a new wave of leaders and in return ask these leaders to be fair, loyal and transparent both to their co-workers and to our clients as well. Our goal was and is to shift the way our industry does business.

That may be why Ballast Nedam has a special place in my heart. In 2015, when we first met with the representatives of Ballast Nedam, my initial observation was: great company, great people but conventional, traditional approach to doing business and corporate structure. Soon we had a chance to meet the members of the Ballast Nedam team, and we had great conversations with them. These were the people who served the clients and cooperated with vendors, managed their staff members and consistently delivered on their promises, with great integrity despite all the unnecessary obstacles built around them. I was pleasantly surprised to recognise we shared exactly the same values with all these professionals who are from different levels of the organisation. The only thing I needed to do was to encourage them for a massive change which ultimately we have gone through for the last four years.

I strongly believe focusing on those people who have the right talent and attitude, which we refer as “ACES” (by the way thankfully we have many many ACES within Ballast Nedam) brought us where we are today.

We are all proud to see Ballast Nedam is winning projects that fit our people and skill set of our team. Projects that demand exceptional work. Complex projects on challenging locations. I am very confident to state that in no time we will be the number one choice for our clients and their most ambitious projects. We could easily accomplish this goal if we strengthen the synergy and the connection between Ballast Nedam and Rönesans Holding, which is much deeper than simply financials.

Ballast Nedam will continue to grow in the coming years both in the Netherlands and abroad. Our goal is to sustain business in the markets we are already present in and seek opportunities at carefully selected new markets where we can create value for our clients and opportunities for our people.

At our New Year’s reception as the key note speaker of the past year, I have promised to all my colleagues that I will do my best for Ballast Nedam to become the best employer as well as the most competitive construction company. I understand the above statement sounds paradoxical for some, but I believe strongly we will achieve these goals just like the founders of this great company achieved for many many years.

Erman Ilıcak

President and founder Rönesans Holding