He has a background in electronic engineering and has experience in marketing and sales at a large US computer company. Additionally, he owned his own flight school in the Netherlands, based at Lelystad Airport. He worked as a flight instructor and examiner. Furthermore, he was the co-owner of Aeglia Aeromedical Centre, an organization that conducts medical examinations for commercial and private pilots to obtain their medical certificates. Together with Dorothee Joppe and Gerrie Oosthuizen he is one of the founders and owners of COL-Aeglia.