Netherland-America Foundation Gala Awards Dinner - Thursday, May 9, 2013

The annual Netherland-America Foundation Gala Awards Dinner is the premier Dutch-American event in the nation's capital area, celebrating Dutch-American heritage and friendship. By conferring awards named after recent Ambassadors of the United States to the Netherlands, the 18th Awards Dinner on Thursday, May 9, 2013 honored individuals who have made outstanding contributions to furthering business, political and cultural relations between the two countries.

The Dutch Ambassador, His Excellency Rudolf Bekink, served as the Honorary Diplomatic Chair; Chair of the Dinner was William Tucker, Esq., a member of the Netherland-America Foundation Board of Directors.

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KEYNOTE “The Enduring Nature and Continued Importance of the Netherlands-American Relationship”
General David H. Petraeus
U.S. Army (Ret.)



U.S. Representative Bill Huizenga (R-MI)
House Financial Services Committee
Co-Chair, Congressional Caucus on the Netherlands

Congressman Huizenga is currently serving his second term and sits on the prestigious House Financial Services Committee, which has jurisdiction over all issues pertaining to the banking system, housing, insurance, and securities and exchange. As Vice Chair of the Monetary Policy and Trade Subcommittee, he is a member of the Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises Subcommittee. He also serves as Co-Chair, Congressional Caucus on the Netherlands.


Wim Elfrink
Executive Vice President, Industry Solutions
& Chief Globalization Officer

A native of the Netherlands, Mr. Elfrink joined Cisco in 1997 as Vice President of Cisco Services in Europe. With his promotion in 2000 to Senior Vice President, Cisco Services, Mr. Elfrink took over global responsibility for the function. Under his leadership, the business grew from $3.3 billion to more than $7.6 billion by 2010 with industry-leading margins and customer satisfaction. 


Dolf van den Brink
President and Chief Executive Officer
Heineken USA

Since taking the top U.S leadership spot in 2009, Mr. van den Brink, a Dutch native, has engineered a turnaround for the company, which earned him a place on Fortune’s 2012 list 40 Under 40. Through its Brewing a Better Future program, Heineken strives to be the 'greenest' brewer in the world. Its charitable program Heineken with a Heart has contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to numerous charities and advocacy groups that share the company's sustainability goals.

The presentations took place at the spectacular Washington Golf and Country Club in Arlington, VA, where cocktails were enjoyed on the vast terrace of this Georgian-style club house, offering views across the Potomac River to the Washington skyline.

This elegant and stylish black-tie event started with cocktails and strolling violinists at 6:30 pm. The awards dinner, featuring Kurt Dykstra, Mayor, City of Holland, Michigan, as Master of Ceremonies follows- concluding by 10:30 pm. Informal coffee and cordials were offered post-event.

On May 10th at 10 am, dinner guests were invited to a private tour of new acquisitions of Dutch art at the National Gallery of Art, led by Dr. Arthur K. Wheelock, Jr., Curator, and a former NAF Award recipient.

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To view the complete list of honorees since the Dinner’s inception in 1991, please click here