Eric De Boer about his job at Authentage
"A working day is successful for me when I have been able to provide customers with a perfect customized lighting solution."
Our colleague Eric De Boer has been working for Authentage since June 2018. We would like to let him talk about how he ended up with us, and what he likes about his job.
Eric, how did you get into this job?
After a period of about 20 years at Massive Luminaires and Philips Luminaires, it was time for a change. Because of my many years of experience, I wanted to remain active within the same segment. When Yves asked me to join the Authentage team, all the pieces of the puzzle fell into place: after all, I knew him from my time at Philips as a great colleague.
Why did you choose the lighting sector in the first place?
I really like lighting: lighting is fashion, and always in motion. The enormous innovations of recent years also make the sector technically challenging.
Unfortunately, lighting does not always get the priority it deserves in a (re)construction project and is often scheduled in a late phase. This not only results in suboptimal lighting, but also in unnecessary work and adjustments.
Carefully selected and correctly positioned lighting fixtures can, however, mean enormous added value for both indoor and outdoor spaces. It is therefore definitely worthwhile involving lighting experts in the design and planning of (re)building projects.
And what makes Authentage a suitable employer for you?
I enjoy working for Authentage. As a high-end brand with a broad portfolio, we are consulted for very diverse, beautiful projects. Moreover, we are a relatively small company: this gives us the advantage of being able to work flexibly and on a tailor-made basis, ensuring variety of work. Finally, the working atmosphere among colleagues is excellent, and the skills in our team complement each other perfectly.
Can you describe your ideal working day for us?
A working day is successful for me when I have been able to provide customers with a perfect, tailor-made lighting solution. Everybody satisfied at the end of the day, that's what I strive for.
Are there any achievements you look back on with pride?
I am quite proud of the completed projects in which our atmospheric and timeless quality lighting lifts homes and gardens to a higher level. Enthusiastic and grateful reactions of costumers also encourage me to keep up the good work. Finally, it gives me great satisfaction when I succeed in finding solutions for specific after-sales problems.
ERIC IN BRIEF
What is your favorite Authentage item?
That is the 'Balume on wooden pole': the beautiful handmade Balume mounted on quality wood makes paths more passable and adds depth to the garden.
What can you always be woken up for at night?
For a nice cup of fresh vegetable soup!
What brings you relaxation after a busy working day?
Sailing has been a passion since my childhood. I regularly go sailing for a couple of hours after work and then forget about everything I have been doing before. During the winter I miss my favorite activity badly. Fortunately, our most recent ship is equipped with heating, allowing us to sail for a longer period of the year.