Doelen "It's More Than Just Transportationshines with presencehas been in business for over 95 yearsis ISO 9001 certified
Ad, Angela and Eef van Wijk
We know nothing else than that our father Eef van Wijk sr. has always done business with cars. We can certainly mention a few examples of this. He started a car rental company which grew to about 1200 cars and was then taken over by Hertz. He had a number of petrol stations spread across North Holland, rented out camper vans, coaches and limousines, with or without a driver, and had a number of taxi licences. He bought and sold premises and land in order to accommodate the services and make them available. You could say he was a great businessman.
A good example of this is that Dad went to New York in the '60s to import 20 'Americans' for rent to emigrated Dutch people. Of course, you also needed American tour operators for that. He got them from the Yellow Pages, which were still in the public telephones. He also had a whole fleet of VW motorhomes (Van Wijk - how do you think of it) for renting out, so he promoted these possibilities by telex when he got home. We had a location in New York and even at Schiphol Airport. Without internet a very intensive and time-consuming business. Nothing was too crazy.
For Eef and Ad it was a nice extra income to check the cars in the weekend after handing them in and get them ready. A good addition to their training in engine technology. This is how Ad and Eef slowly but surely entered the company. Together first as mechanics in their own garage. Later on, Ad specialised in invoicing and organising special projects and Eef was the man behind the wheel and in the garage. Through tourism with SEPR training and a number of years of experience in the financial world as a project leader, Angela was still exploring the market a bit for herself. But in 2000, father Eef had managed it. Nice three of his kids in the company and the feminine touch to keep things in check.
As Eef Sr. did, we too have always responded to the changing market and with our current location, fleet and staff we have a mighty fine company to be proud of.
Sadly, we had to say goodbye to Eef Sr. in 2017, but together we are ensuring a future that he can look down on with approval from above. No matter what happens!
Director Angela van Wijk is proud that Doelen gives her the opportunity to support social causes.
Doelen supports the following five organisations.
Ice skating club Nut & Vermaak
Doelen has been a sponsor for more than 15 years, with the last four years being one of the main sponsors in terms of cycling and skating gear.
We think it is important that especially the young people keep moving well in order to have a healthy life later on. Of course I am very proud of the Olympic champions Esmee Visser and Bob de Jong, who put the first strokes on the ice in their youth.
Adamas walk-in house
The Adamas Inloophuis offers people who have come into contact with cancer a listening ear and you will be helped if you have this terrible disease yourself. Or, for example, if you have had a partner who died from it. Everyone has to deal with this in their environment and we try to make a small contribution by sponsoring transport on a day trip.
Swimming group De Spetters
At this organisation, people with a disability swim. We take them to the swimming pool in Hoofddorp every week for an adjusted fee.
This is a Triathlon organization that I am very fond of. Not only because I want to stimulate as many people as possible to keep moving, but also because I trained myself for 10 years. Every year we provide transport for the annual outing. But only for a cake from Koolhaas!
There are people in society who, in one way or another, have not really had it and have therefore, often through no fault of their own, fallen behind in the labour market. Fortunately, Doelen is a company that has the opportunity to support this. For example, we have an excellent garage in which we can offer that support. That's what we like to do!
1965 - 1993
"It's more than just transportation"!
Also the covenant which was signed in 2010 will be extended for another 5 years. A nice proof that high quality has been our standard for years.
Unfortunately, Mr Eef van Wijk has passed away. His children Angela, Ad and Eef jr. continue the company that Eef sr. built up.
Doelen Coach Service has signed an exclusive transport deal with FloriWorld in Aalsmeer. Within this transaction Doelen will take care of all group transport of the new FloriWorld. A large coach has been completely transformed into the house style of the new attraction. FloriWorld will officially open its doors on July 1st.
It is unclear what the future will bring us, but we are moving forward in good spirits towards 100 years Doelen. We hope to achieve this in four years' time.
Also with this one we hope to make many safe kilometers.