Jules van Gaalen
Director Hotels | Transactions
License # B1601.002
Jules is Director Transactions at Colliers International Hotels based in the Amsterdam office. He leads the team of professionals responsible for hotel investment advisory services in the Benelux and cross-border in the EMEA region.
Before rejoining Colliers in september 2018, Jules succesully founded and managed Eminent Real Estate (a boutique real estate family office) from October 2013 untill September 2018. Before founding Eminent Real Estate Jules was Director of Capital Markets at Colliers International managing the Dutch investment services team out of the Amsterdam HQ. Previously he was the Managing Partner of the Eindhoven office.
Before joining RSP/Van Boxtel & Partners Makelaars / Colliers International in 2003, he worked as a senior real estate agent/valuer at Clercx Liebau Bedrijfshuisvesting and Van Boxtel & Partners Makelaars, which came after the start of his career in 1995 as a junior real estate agent at Van Engelen Bedrijfsmakelaars in Eindhoven.
Member winning team Colliers University Leadership Track 2010
Jules studied Management, Economics & Law (Bachelor) at the Fontys Hogeschool in Eindhoven, with a specialization in Real Estate. In 2001 he became a Sworn and Certified Real Estate Agent / Valuer. He also obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in 2002 at NOVAM/Fontys (Netherlands School for Real Estate Management). Jules was elected Qualified Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in 2013.
Memberships & Involvements
- Member of the Royal Institute of Royal Surveyors
- Member of the Dutch Branch Organization of Real Estate Agents (NVM)
- Licensed Commercial Real Estate Broker
- Member of Brabant Real Estate Society
- Member of Rotaryclub Eindhoven - Soeterbeek
- Member of Société des Amis Culinaires
"Jules is a dedicated real estate professional with in depth knowledge of the business. He is accurate, service oriented and well organized. I would certainly recommend Jules as a business partner." by Reinoud Plantenga, Managing Director of Warburg-HIH Invest Benelux B.V.
Head of Hotels | Benelux
Joost was the founder in 2002 of MD Hotel Investments, a succesfull niche hotel corporate finance advisory based in Amsterdam and the co-founder of European Hotel Capital, a private equity international hotel fund. Since June 2013 Joost joined Colliers in Amsterdam as Director Hotels and specialised in hotel developement advisory, operator search and hotel financing.
Rewina has experience in working with highly trained professionals and their clients in a national and international environment.
She has experience in successfully supporting the Executive Board and various aspects of marketing & sales.
She is talented, practical and creative in organizing and dealing with pressure. Driven by connecting people and offering services.
Rewina is enthusiastic, with strong attention to detail.
As part of the last course at the Hotelschool The Hague, I executed and finished an internship at Colliers International in the Hotel department in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. During this six month internship period, I supported the team during projects ranging from valuations, feasibilities, hotel sale transactions, operator search and the selection and contract negotiations. Besides my supportive role within the team, I was asked to investigate the impact Airbnb in the European hotel market.
After my internship, I finalized and defended my thesis on the impact of regulations on Airbnb in the top European hotel markets. After successfully defending my thesis and obtaining a specific grade, I was offered the job as Junior Hotel Consultant. Of course, I could not reject this offer. Two months after my graduation on the 1st of June 2018, I started my professional career at Colliers International.
Marieke gained experience in the hotel industry while working for Marriott International for several years following her study of International Hospitality Management. With Marriott, she worked in Sales & Marketing and Event Operations, gaining much insight into both the strategic and operational processes in the hotel industry. Marieke then completed an MSc in Business Administration at the VU University in Amsterdam and started with Colliers in 2015 as a trainee for the Hotels division. She now works with Colliers as Consultant and has worked on many projects in the Benelux, varying from feasibility studies and development advisory to brokerage.
Works as a valuer in the commercial team at the Valuation department. Since September 2016 I joined Colliers International Netherlands (Amsterdam), within the team Hospitality & International. We are mainly concerned with operation-related properties like Hotels, Restaurants, Pubc, etc.. Previously I worked three years as a valuer with a real estate bank after completing my bachelor Real Estate in Groningen.
Chief Executive Officer | Netherlands
AREA OF EXPERTISE: Dirk has over 25 years experience in hotel operational consulting with a focus on database management & customer loyalty programs and hotel reservation systems in the global market. Dirk is a specialist in strategic management & marketing projects with clarity in vision and strategy, leading to tangible results. Focus on cross border assignments, leveraging extensive entrepreneurial expertise in Europe, the Middle East, India, Brazil and Russia. Dirk has expertise in fields such as multi country assigments, strategic marketing, International Business Development, International Private Public Initiatives, hospitality consultancy and corporate finance assignments. Spending 3 years in hotel development and real estate financing related areas he combined his expertise as a hotel operations specialist in his new role since late 2009 as Director Hotels for Colliers International in the Netherlands. Dirk incorporated the current Hotels division of Colliers International in the Netherlands and is a Partner at Colliers in the Netherlands. He also heads the Colliers EMEA hotels team within the Colliers EMEA region. Since September 1, 2017 he is the Chief Executive officer for Colliers in the Netherlands leding a team of 330 professionals and 6 offices.
Hanneke finished her International Hospitality Management education with a specialization in Real Estate. After her education, she gained experience in the hotel industry. She worked for four years as the Assistant General Manager for a 5-star property where she supervised the renovations and operations. In January 2018, Hanneke started with Colliers as a Hotel Valuer. After two years working for the Valuations department, she started working for the Hotel Division of Colliers as a Consultant. She works for both the hotel transactions team as the consultancy and advisory team.
Senior Consultant Hotels
After working in the real estate industry on the investment side for 4 years, I started with Colliers in November 2018. I am a senior consultant on the Hotel team. I advise real estate developers and investors in lease transactions and hotel sales and purchases. The projects I work on vary between trading hotels, hotel developments and transformation projects. Besides selecting the right candidates and coordinating the transaction, I also perform feasibility studies. By analyzing the local hotel market and project specifications, I determine which hotel concepts best suit the project. The feasibility is concluded with a ‘brokers opinion of value’ which is always based on a profit-and-loss forecast for the future hotel.
After obtaining my engineering degree from the Technological University in Delft, I started my career at CBRE Global Investors as a management trainee. I later joined the EMEA separate accounts team which was responsible for the management of a EUR 2 billion pan European portfolio. After two years with CBRE GI, I transferred to Orange Capital Partners to build a retail fund for the investor Goldman Sachs. After the successful acquisition of several retail portfolios throughout the Netherlands, I became a portfolio manager being responsible for a EUR 300 million residential portfolio for investor GIC.
After graduated from the Hotelschool The Hague and succesfully defending my thesis about capital structures of start-ups. I worked for Unilever for one year whereafter I decided to quit and I started my own company, Financial8. I worked for different companies within the financial industry as assistant controller. In 2019, I started with my Master in Financial Management at the Vrije Universiteit with focus on Corporate Finance and Real Estate.
In March 2020, I joined the Hotel team of Colliers International and I supported my team with valuations, feasibility studies and hotel sale transactions. Besides that, I wrote my master thesis about the influences of macroeconomic factors on the hotel transaction price and volume within Western Europe.
As of July 2020, I officially started as junior consultant at the hotel team of Colliers International in which I am mainly focussed on the valuations and hotel sale transactions.