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Maartje Verbruggen is The NXT GM Challenge Finalist! | 22 November 2018

Fourth-year student Maartje Verbruggen is among the three finalists in the very first edition of The NXT GM Challenge. Participants were presented with two assignments, which tested finance, insight, creativity and entrepreneurship. Both had to be prepared in the course of the morning programme, after which there was a pitch and Q&A for a Dragon’s Den, chaired by Michael Spetter (Management, Louvre Hotels).

The NXT GM Challenge

This was an exciting day, both for the candidates and for Postillon Hotels, the chain that will actually offer the position of GM of Postillion Hotel Amersfoort Veluwemeer to the winner. Tom Schilderman, the current GM of this hotel, supported the candidates throughout the day. Postillion Hotels did not have any say in the final outcome, however. An independent jury of professionals judged the students on the basis of their own expertise and on the basis of the Challenge Day criteria. After conferring for almost an hour, the jury reached its verdict, selecting Maartje Verbruggen (HMSM ’19), Romy Duivenvoorden (SHMS ’19) and Justus van Dam (HTH ’19) for the final round.

The Challenge Continues

Romy and Justus will join the Postillion Hotel Amersfoort Veluwemeer team for a day. They will produce a one-minute vlog, presenting themselves and sharing their experiences at the hotel. Next, there will be an internet vote at the HotelloTOP website. Finally, the finalists will deliver a final pitch of their experiences during the Future Hotello event on Wednesday 9 January 2019, after which, during the HotelloTOP Year Event Congress that same afternoon winner of The NXT GM Challenge will be announced. This individual will assume the GM position at Postillion Hotel Amersfoort Veluwemeer on 1 September 2019.  Best wishes for Maartje for the coming weeks!

Follow finalists

Follow the finalists on HotelloTOP & Postillion Hotels’ Facebook page

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