Meet the crew: Levin Van Uytven

Hi! My name is Levin Van Uytven and I have been working for Buroform as a digital printer for more than six years now. In addition, I am an avid cycling fan. Especially on weekends you can always find me riding my bike!

At Buroform, I am responsible for…

“I run the digital printing department. That is, I operate and maintain our digital presses, such as the HP Indigo 7900, Versafire, 3D Varnish, iEcho,…. I am responsible for the entire digital machinery and everything that comes with it.”

I got my job at Buroform through…

“During my training for ‘digital print operator,’ I did an internship at Michiels Printing Company at the time. Not much later, Buroform took over the company and I joined the new story.”

My morning ritual is…

“I bike to work every morning. I wash down that trip with a glass of water and an oatmeal bar. Then I put on Top Radio and the day can really begin.”

What people don’t know about my position is….

“Many people assume that I just put the paper in the machine and operate the buttons, but there’s a lot more to it. It’s a very technical job. Even the maintenance I do completely by myself.”

Copyright: © Buroform

My proudest moment at Buroform is….

“Buroform has acquired several printing companies in recent years. Over time, all the printing presses of those companies have moved to Mechelen. When I was appointed in charge of the new digital department, I found it quite a recognition. I won’t soon forget that moment.”

What I like most about working at Buroform is….

“Undoubtedly the family atmosphere. The bond with the other colleagues is fantastic. But also the freedom you get as an employee. I can work in a very independent way here, which gives me the feeling that I can do my job completely to my liking.”

If I hadn’t become a digital printer, I would have…

“Perhaps I would have done something in construction. I am technically inclined. Electrician, cabinetmaker, floorer or technical draftsman for CNC machines: they are all jobs that appeal to me. But I am very happy with my choice now. The graphics sector is a very interesting world with lots of opportunities. With Buroform, we also offer a very wide range of products, which also makes my job constantly varied.”

“When I was appointed in charge of the new digital department, I found it quite a recognition. I won’t soon forget that moment.”

On weekends you’ll find me…

“Anyway, on the bike. I’m a member of WTC De Rupelian, a cycling club with which I ride just about every Wednesday. But also on weekends you can often find me on my pedals. I also regularly go running at the clay pits of Niel, a beautiful nature reserve. Apart from the sporting, I like to go for a pint with friends or enjoy a nice breakfast or lunch on the market in Antwerp.”

The best career advice I have ever received….

“‘Steal with your eyes.’ If you keep a close eye on everything, you learn a lot. I also take regular courses and workshops. That’s how you keep learning and developing yourself. It’s the best advice I’ve ever received. Otherwise I wouldn’t be standing here now.”

HP Indigo 7900 Level 2 training. The slightly more technical parts of maintenance can now also be done by me!

Would you like to be part of the #buroformcrew? Then take a quick look at our job openings and there might be something for you. See you soon!

Meet the crew: Kelly Andriessen

Hi! I’m Kelly Andriessen, a bouncy and die-hard Avril Lavigne fan. I have Spanish blood as well as temperament. Hala Madrid! I work as an account manager. That is, I guide clients through the creative process that precedes printing. For example, I help them choose the right paper or see what printing techniques are best to convey their story.

Kelly in conversation with Bookdesigner Tina De Souter. © Jochen Verghote, LucidLucid

I got my job at Buroform through…

“Beforehand, I had no experience in the printing industry, so it must have been the ‘sparkle in my eyes’! No, seriously: I am someone with great drive who wants to grow permanently. That passion is often worth more than experience in itself. I suspect that this is exactly what was felt during my application.”

My morning ritual is…

“Organized chaos! Pretty much the story of my life to be honest. My mornings follow a well-defined ritual. If something or someone interferes, I am completely lost. At 6:20 a.m. my alarm clock rings. I snooze once and then scroll through Instagram and TikTok for about ten minutes. Then I get ready, which takes a while. Not because I spend hours in front of the mirror, but because I spend the whole time going over my day. Every now and then I get an idea that I want to share immediately or a song suddenly pops into my mind: chaos! ;-) Once I am out of the bathroom, I make a tea that I take in the car towards work. I leave around 8 am. I don’t eat breakfast. I do intermittent fasting, which means I only eat between 1pm and 7pm. Around 8:45 a.m. I’m ready at my laptop to start my Buroform day.”

Kelly chooses her paper with Bookdesigner Tina De Souter. Photo: © Jochen Verghote, LucidLucid

My proudest moment at Buroform is….

“I am someone who needs a lot of affirmation at work. Every compliment makes me proud somewhere. When someone told me that I fit really well within Buroform, a confetti cannon went off inside with a party music. But it’s also more general. When clients say they come to Buroform specifically because they want that extra something, it gives me a warm feeling. I identify very strongly with this company, so nice words like that are very gratifying each time.”

What I like most about working at Buroform is….

“The vibe. Buroform is a professional environment where I experience a homey feeling and can be completely myself. In itself this should be a matter of course, but I have already noticed that this is not the case everywhere. In any case, I find such a warm atmosphere enormously valuable. I am also proud of our product. I am not a typical sales person who can just sell anything. I want something that appeals and interests me. The creative aspect, the different techniques and types of paper ensure that no two orders are the same. Printing is incredibly exciting!”

Kelly and Levin visiting Igepa.

If I had not become an account manager, I would have…

That’s a tough question. The move into sales was a conscious decision for me. I was a preschool teacher for eight years. I did that with great passion. Only at a certain point I felt a bit stuck in my role. Buroform meant a new start for me. A new chapter with a lot of growth in it.”

The best career advice I have ever received….

“Growth is done outside your comfort zone.” An opinion from our Chief of Print Jesse, by the way. I came back overexcited from an introductory meeting at a networking organization. We then had a very good chat.

Would you like to be part of my team? Then take a quick look at our job openings and there might be something for you.

See you soon!

Meet the Buroform crew: Lisa De Kegel

Meet Lisa, brand manager of Buroform’s subsidiary: She is a woman of many talents: she contains tons of good humor, she can put her leg on her neck AND you probably won’t believe it but it’s real: she can get to the bottom of Pringles! And speaking of multi-talented, Lisa has several special diplomas under her belt!

Nice to meet you, Lisa, who are you?

“Hi, I’m Lisa. I’m a lot of things, yet at work mostly the result of my ‘bumpy’ school path. For example, I have a bachelor’s degree in Eastern European languages & cultures that I’m currently not doing anything with. I also graduated with a master’s degree in communication sciences (marketing management) as well as an additional course in graphic design.”

What are you responsible for within Buroform?

I am responsible for the brand Designcards, with which we specialized in occasional printing. During the corona crisis, its normal operation fell completely silent. People were telecommuting and personal appointments could no longer take place. In order to keep things running, I got the chance to create a whole new web shop. I am still working on it. We will continue to develop and optimize with new tools and products. So keep an eye on it!

My morning ritual is…

I’m not really a morning person, so I don’t have an active morning ritual. I just sleepily waddle around the house, get ready and eat some oatmeal or granola at my leisure with a series on in the background. Then it’s continued waking up in the car along with MNM and Peter Van De Veire. For me, still the best radio voice to start the day!

What people don’t know about my position is….

What my job entails in general, I think. I don’t think everyone is as well informed about the evolution of the webshop. Behind the scenes a lot has to happen to get all the products online. In addition, ‘marketing’ remains a vague concept. Especially when I start throwing around terms like ROI, SEA and SEO, I notice that my colleagues soon no longer know exactly what it is about. Logical, of course. 😊

My proudest moment at Buroform is….

When I was allowed to submit my first marketing plan. I had put a lot of time and effort into it. It was the first time I could really put my school knowledge into practice. Then when you hear that a lot of colleagues are pleasantly surprised at how well it was put together, it’s really satisfying.

What I like most about working at Buroform is….

The variety of each new day and, of course, the colleagues! It may sound a little cliché, but I really consider those people a piece of family. At Buroform, everyone hangs together very well. We are committed to each other, which makes me feel that I can always count on my colleagues, even if I am a bit withdrawn on my “Designcards island. Upstairs in the studio, by the way, there is a lot of laughter. From Pete’s dad jokes to Lode’s naughty jokes: blissful humor that brightens even the bleakest of days!

If I had not become a “Brand Manager” I would have…

Self-employed graphic designer. In graphics, I can really indulge myself. I love making beautiful things, like the cards on Developing beautiful concepts from A to Z is totally my thing. The whole look-and-feel just has to be right, from the paper to the printing technique and finishing.

On weekends you’ll find me…

Cozy up to visit family or friends. Or together with my friend in nature for a brisk walk. In the evening, then, you’ll find me mostly around good food!

The best career advice I have ever received….

“Dare to jump! Standing still is going backwards. I have received a lot of advice about work and career, but I still find this the most accurate. I am naturally afraid of change and the unknown, but sometimes you just have to dare to go for it. Jump and see where you land. You always end up with both feet on the ground in the end.

Lisa’s guilty pleasure :-)

Stay tuned! We continue to share stories about each member of our team. So you get to know what it’s really like to work at Buroform. Would you like to be part of the #buroformcrew? Then take a quick look at our job openings and there might be something for you.

See you soon!

Intern Kelly looks back on her internship at Buroform

Hey there, you may remember me from some Instagram stories, but for those who don’t know me yet: pleasant! My name is Kelly and I have been an intern at Buroform for the past 14 weeks. I am studying business marketing and have had the opportunity to get a taste of the business world thanks to my education. Because my experience here was tremendously fun and educational, I’d like to take a look back with you.

An exciting beginning

At the beginning of my internship period, I really didn’t know what to expect. I knew nothing about printing techniques or papers, so I secretly found it all very exciting. Fortunately, that excitement turned into a warm welcome feeling very quickly. I was welcomed with open arms and immediately realized that everyone here is tremendously helpful.

My supervisor Julie introduced me to the world of printing and in a short time I learned all about paper types, printing techniques and printing in general. The assignments I received would actually be used on the website, which provided extra motivation! I still asked Julie many questions in the beginning, which she happily answered each time.


Of course, I came here primarily to learn about marketing, which worked out wonderfully. Not only Julie but also Jesse helped me tremendously with various tips & tricks. For example, he introduced me to Simon Sinek and gave advice at the weekly marketing meeting.

Translating Buroform’s website, providing content and even creating a website page…. All things I had never done before, but were so great to discover with the Buroform family. My assignments here were extremely varied, making the experience even more special. I not only learned, but also had fun, learned to schedule better, improved my photography skills and most of all had a huge laugh.

Getting to know myself even better

An internship allows you to learn what you like and don’t like to do within a company. For example, sitting behind a computer all day is less my thing. I like to be among people. So a job where I have variety from time to time is more for me. 😊

Knowing what you’re not looking for in a job or what doesn’t suit you is just as important as finding out what you do enjoy doing. So, in short, I got to know myself even better during this period.

A big thank you to everyone on the Buroform team. And especially to Julie, my intern mentor, who stood by me every day. To Jesse for the tips & tricks during the marketing meetings and to Lisa for all the help. To Pieter, Lode, Sven and Dirk for your guidance on questions and funny comments. Kim, Werner, Leo… And I would actually call everyone like that. So hereby: thank you to EVERYONE for these cool 4 months!


Wondering what it’s like to work at Buroform? Feel free to take a look at our open positions or apply spontaneously!

Meet Werner: the man behind the machine

Pleasant! I am Werner Beuckelaers, a passionate printer for more than 20 years and a proud member of the Buroform family since about six years. Though feel free to call me “Prince Buroform” as well. Here I am not only at the buttons of the printing presses, but also at those of the radio. When Prince pops out of the boxes, the warehouse turns into one big dance floor and I dream of dancing in the “purple rain”!

The creators of
Werner demonstrates his passion for printmaking to illustrator Inez Maes.

At Buroform, I am responsible for…

“The production of offset printing. I prefer to print books and magazines, because those are the most challenging. Printing involves much more than simply operating a lever and waiting for the paper to roll off the press again. I have a tight schedule to keep to and strictly monitor the quality of the printing. By the way, I recently started printing with the new offset press, about which several articles have already appeared in the newspaper!”

What do you think of the new offset press?

“I am very honored to work with this new press. For Buroform this was a big investment, but one with an eye on the future. The set-up times are a lot shorter, so the real work can start much faster. After printing, the ink is cured immediately, which means that the printed matter can be finished immediately. We no longer have to allow for drying times. A luxury, both for myself and the customer.”

Werner was, of course, not to be missed in the promo film of our new offset press.

I got my job at Buroform through…

“I joined Buroform as an interim. Because I was so passionate about my profession, I was offered a permanent contract not much later. Of course I said ‘yes’ then!”

What does your morning ritual look like?

“I always try to get out of bed with the right leg. Starting the day right away in a good mood is important to me. Then, to the rhythm of the music, I knock down a choco sandwich and a cup of coffee before leaving for Buroform. I start very early, so the longer I can enjoy my bed, the better.”

On Werner’s recommendation: a video so you too can start your day off right.

What people don’t know about my position is….

“That printing is definitely not as easy as it seems. Many people think that the machine does all the work, but that is by no means the case. I am constantly on my guard as long as the press is running. Quality control is also done with the utmost care. I have a great responsibility in this regard. Absolutely nothing can go wrong.”

My proudest moment at Buroform is….

“The moment the new LE UV offset press was delivered. Construction took almost a full month, which was a tremendous experience to witness up close. Then I received an intensive training of almost two months. Very enriching! I know the press inside and out.”

What I like most about working at Buroform is….

“The bond with colleagues. A team spirit like here, you don’t find it anywhere else.”

Would you like to be part of the #buroformcrew? Then take a quick look at our job openings and there might be something for you.

See you soon!

Meet the Buroform crew: Kristel Verhaegen

Buroform is a diverse team brimming with talent. Wondering what it’s like to work with us? Then take a look behind the scenes. Meet Kristel Verhaegen, HR & finance manager.

Kristel Verhaegen

“Hey hey, I’m Kristel, HR & finance manager at Buroform. Introduce myself in 5 words? Then I’m pretty versatile, definitely positive, always up for a good time, a bon vivant of the highest order and above all a family man. Add to that a solid dose of passion for the job and you get a very happy person!”

At Buroform, I am responsible for…

“…Everything to do with employees, accounting, managers, parties, training, events and fine chats. As far as I’m concerned, the most fun job there is!”

I got my job at Buroform through…

“…coming straight from the airport for a job interview. I was on vacation when a recruitment agency called me for ‘a fine opportunity in Mechelen-North’. At that time, I still had a job close to home, but I didn’t feel so good about it. So I immediately took the bull by the horns: with a car full of suitcases I went from the airport straight to Karel Marynen for an interview. Two weeks later we came to an agreement and on September 1, 2009 I started at Buroform.”

My morning ritual is…

“The first thing I do in the morning is put on music. Spotify is my favorite app. Every morning it makes sure my day starts in the right mood. I then enjoy my playlist until I turn into the Buroform parking lot. And for a good song, I’m not afraid to make an extra detour.”

A typical workday is…

“…always well-stocked and never predictable. Because I have a wide range of responsibilities, being able to respond quickly is very important. Dealing with problems is daily business. Although I prefer to call it challenges rather than problems.”

“A typical workday is always well-filled and never predictable.”

What people don’t know about my position? is…

“…That there is quite a lot of stress involved. I often run from deadline to deadline. And very sometimes my job can also be lonely. Although fortunately those moments are rather rare.”

The moment I am most proud of at Buroform is….

“…There are a lot of those. But what makes me most proud is being able to represent the voice of colleagues to management. Even though there is a culture at Buroform where management and employees are very close and work closely together, many appointments go through me first. If both parties are satisfied, then my mission is accomplished.”

What I like most about working at Buroform is….

“…The growth I have experienced over the past 10 years. Both for the company, the employees and myself. No two years have been the same. Buroform has grown from a team of 13 to 45 colleagues. That’s a lot of new faces to get to know. And in my job as HR, a lot of personal stories are told. Providing a listening ear, helping where possible or ensuring improvement, it all gives me great satisfaction.”

On weekends you’ll find me…

“…with my family and friends, at the bar with a fresh pint, on the dance floor or in nature for a brisk walk with the kids and my dog.”

If I wasn’t an “HR & Finance Manager,” I’d be…

“…event manager. I love to organize things. Collaborating on Café Cliché , for example, I really enjoyed that. Committing myself to such events does not feel like an assignment. That just smoothly, without too many problems. The healthy dose of stress involved actually gives me the adrenaline I need. After such a day of planning and organizing, I return home each time tired but satisfied.”

The best career advice I have ever received….

“Open yourself to personal growth and learn from others. Something I strongly believe in. If your mindset is right, you can handle quite a lot and learn a lot. It’s that mindset that also made me grow in my job and in life!”

Would you like to be part of our #buroformcrew? Then take a quick look at our job openings and there might be something for you.

See you soon!

We are reading again!

In addition to the close contact with clients and everyone who matters to Buroform, continuing to learn is also a great occupation of our manager, Jesse. He is happy to share his experiences and insights through a brand new series among our stories. We lead in with a punishing opener about: the book.

“Yes! We’re reading again.”

What made me happy this week when I heard: the book is doing well. What was always portrayed as lackluster and colorless is trendy and hip again.

For starters, in times of corona, books turn out to be the miracle doctors on duty. A good book is a form of social contact, gives new energy and even provides comfort.

A book as a conversation opener

Finally you can talk about something other than the evolution of corona measures or that last walk to the strawberry vending machine. Next, a book offers depth and peace. A privilege in a world where we invariably rush past ourselves. In short: reading is a new form of luxury.

Status symbol

Now we have turned a page, literally. Bookstagrams, bookstubes, online reading clubs, reading challenges, book dates,… Reading books has even become a new status symbol.

Actresses such as Reese Witherspoon and Emma Watson have their own digital book club. Influencers get likes because they tout a book, highlight interesting paragraphs and convert excess time into devouring pages. Reading makes popular, is therapy and meditation, offers conversation and makes new friends.

“What was always portrayed as lackluster and colorless is trendy and hip again.”

Our top 3 must-reads for entrepreneurs

1. Shoe dog

The story of Nike’s founder.

Shoe dog – written by: Phil Knight

2. Digital transformation

Prepare your organization for the future.

Book : Digital transformation (3rd edition) – Jo Caudron & Dado Van Petghem

3. The infinite game

Book: The infinite game – Simon Sinek

Which book has offered you an escape route in recent months and is an absolute must-read?

Staying informed?

Connect with Jesse Marynen on LinkedIn or follow us on your favorite socials:

LinkedIn: @Buroform
Facebook: @Buroform First-class Printing
Instagram: @Buroform.print

Meet the Buroform crew: David Geelen

Buroform is a diverse team brimming with talent. Wondering what it’s like to work with us? Then take a look behind the scenes. Meet David Geelen, Project Manager.

David Geelen

Hello, I’m David, father of two and from a family of advertisers, creatives and graphic designers. I have now been working in the printing industry for twenty-two years, five of them for Buroform.

At Buroform, I am responsible for…

About five years ago I started at Buroform as a graphic designer and DTP person, but over time that role has expanded tremendously and become more diverse. I am a project manager, responsible for our larger clients who need more than just printing. This could be POS displays or other promo materials, visuals or illustrations, stickers, the decoration of a store, you name it. They can come to me with any question and I provide a solution. I direct and arrange everything. I even go along to set up displays or help put labels on paint jars and such more. A real friendship relationship has developed with many clients over time, which allows me a lot of freedom and allows my creativity to run wild. In the end, you can describe my job very simply: I do everything I can to make our clients score, to get their brand noticed in the best possible way.

I got my job at Buroform through…

I studied graphic design at St. Luke’s and have been working in the industry ever since. I have been a graphic designer and art director in some advertising agencies, and worked briefly in a digital printing company. At one point, a friend of mine quit his job at Buroform to leave for a trip around the world. He then proposed me to management as a possible successor. My first project was one for Kellogg’s. That went well and since then everything has moved very quickly.

My morning ritual is…

Getting up with a good cup of coffee. Or more than one. I can’t live without it. Other than that, I go through the news and entertain the kids once before braving the traffic jams towards the Buroform offices. Once I arrive, I walk through my emails, create my daily schedule and take a long look at production to make sure everything is understood. Then the real work can begin and I handle my files according to urgency.

A typical workday is…

Hectic! I do that to myself a bit, I must admit. I always try to be available to customers. If anyone sends an email, I will reply as soon as possible. This, of course, causes me to constantly roll from one thing to another. It may sound chaotic, but for me it works that way.

What people don’t know about my position is….

I am very perfectionist by nature, which makes me perform all my tasks to the extreme. Every assignment I treat as if it were for myself. I put myself in the customer’s place every time. How would I like to deliver this project myself? That’s my starting point, that’s where I set the bar for myself. When I’m working on something, it’s hard for me to let go. It has to be right first, only then can I go home. I even help pack so that everything can still leave for the customer on time. Or for an order for complex POS displays, I meticulously draw the whole picture for the suppliers, so they know perfectly what to do.

The moment I am most proud of at Buroform is….

There are several, without needing to sound smug. But some projects I am proud of. I think of Kellogg’s, for which we and Buroform once stickered the entire interior with Tony the Tiger figures in various positions. I collaborated on that concept and drew all the illustrations myself. The response then was overwhelming. That includes projects by Hino, Wellpet and Scania.

What I like most about working at Buroform is….

Freedom. That allows you to take many things into your own hands and achieve great results that sometimes were not anticipated. There is always a challenge waiting for you and that keeps the job particularly exciting. In addition, I love the atmosphere here immensely. At Buroform, there is work to be done, but there is always room for a dose of humor. There is a hands-on mentality, which makes for a very positive vibe in the workplace!

On weekends you’ll find me…

Then I enjoy the free time. Over the weekend, I turn the switch all the way around. Then Buroform is on hold for a while, and the focus is entirely on my friends, family and children.

If I wasn’t a “graphic designer/project manager,” I’d be…

My spouse is from Japan. Should I not do what I am doing now, I would move there and open a steakhouse or a Belgian beershop. Not a weekday thing, I would go all out and make something really original.

The best career advice I have ever received….

Just being yourself. I think it’s hugely important to show who you are and what you can do. Be honest with yourself; that will get you the furthest.

Stay tuned. We continue to share stories about each member of our team. That’s how you get to know what it’s really like to work at Buroform.

Would you like to be part of our #Buroform team? Then take a quick look at our job openings and there might be something for you.

See you soon!

Meet the Buroform crew: Jade Ooms

Variety abounds within the Buroform crew. Wondering what it’s like to work with us? Then take a look behind the scenes.

Jade Ooms

I’m Jade Ooms, passionate about letterpress and foil printing, and the only woman standing my ground within our type printing company.

Jade in typo printing. Her “valhalla” within Buroform.

At Buroform, I am responsible for…

Letterpress, foil printing and everything that comes with it such as die-cutting, creasing and perforating. I work as a type printer and operate the Heidelberg Degel, an artisan machine some sixty years old that is back burning hot today.

I got my job at Buroform through…

About a year and a half ago, I applied for a job here. I was then working at another printing company, doing exactly the same thing. But I was curious to see more. My eye fell on a job opening at Buroform, which even then was known as a growing and ambitious company within the industry. After a good conversation with Karel Marynen, it didn’t take long for me to start at Buroform.

Extra control is very important within this craft.

My morning ritual is…

I get up, prepare my granola and leave for Mechelen at leisure. I usually eat my breakfast in the car, oops. 😊

What people don’t know about my position is….

The machine I am working on dates from the 1960s. Letterpress printing is still a truly artisanal technique. Although today, of course, it is combined with digital capabilities. But nothing is automatic. Everything has to be set up manually, which can sometimes take a long time. Mounting the printing plate accurately on the press, stirring ink, placing film: these are jobs that require a lot of dexterity. The fact that I am one of the few women doing this makes the job extra special. Type printing is primarily a man’s craft anyway. Those at the controls today often have decades of experience. With me, it’s different. I am the new guard. The future. And a woman!

My proudest moment at Buroform is….

A while ago, we had a booth with Buroform at a wedding fair. There we presented the old Heidelberg degel that you still have to keep going with a pedal pedal. It is a unique machine, and apparently many visitors agreed. A lot of people were raving about our printing press. That I get to serve those does make me proud. When people look up to what you do day in and day out, you shine for a moment.

As a woman, I am proud to stand behind such an iconic aircraft.

What I like most about working at Buroform is….

The printing press itself. As a woman, I am proud to stand behind such an iconic aircraft. In addition, I particularly like the atmosphere in the group. Everyone goes for it, but that seriousness and commitment is also coupled with laughter and swag.

Jade behind the old degel during “Loving Marriage,” For Lovers’ wedding fair.

On weekends you’ll find me…

Not uncommon at a flea market! Not that I’m so into old stuff, but I do love the atmosphere at those markets immensely. Furthermore, the weekend is the time for me to be free: go out on a terrace, have a drink with friends… Just clear my head and enjoy.

If I wasn’t a “typewriter,” I’d be…

Teacher typo! A while ago I had to train someone as a type printer and that experience has stayed with me. Transferring your own skills to another person: I loved that. So look, who knows, maybe there is a teacher lurking in me somewhere 😉.

The best career advice I have ever received….

Career advice is not really it, but people have often pointed out to me how handy I am. I have always had technical understanding, the feeling to put things together. Ét voilà, I made that dexterity my job!

In memoriam: Johan Vloeberghs

† July 2020. Dear Johan, we will never forget you ♥

Johan Vloeberghs

I am Johan, 52 years young and attached to the printing industry all my professional life. For two years I have been sailing under the banner of Buroform as a project manager.

At Buroform, I am responsible for…

I work as a project manager, which basically means I guide our clients through their project from start to finish. This ranges from the initial contact on the phone and preparing the quotation to the delivery of the final product and everything in between. I advise the customer on paper choices, printing techniques and finishing forms, engage any external partners and ensure that the relevant teams get the correct info. In fact, you could say that much of what is organizationally necessary to add sparkle and glamour to a product falls into my duties.

I got my job at Buroform through…

By now I have been here for two years. Before that, I worked for eighteen years at Copycat in Wilrijk, a company I helped build. But at some point it ran out there, as far as I was concerned. After much thought, I spontaneously applied to Buroform. I knew the company by name, knew it was a place that wanted to grow and look: took the plunge and am extremely satisfied with it!

My morning ritual is…

Waking up very slowly 😊. I like to start the day as calm and relaxed as possible. To the extent possible, because actually I’ve been doing my job from the moment I get up. Even during the traditional choco sandwich, my work rarely leaves me. Nature of the beast surely?

What people don’t know about my position is….

The entire process leading up to printing is too often underestimated. Printing is about more than pushing a button so that several sheets of paper roll out of the presses. It’s a very technical thing. Many people don’t realize that. The know-how today is incredibly high. Printing goes a long way, and the slightest mistake can ruin an entire job. Each choice is important to give the final product the right look. There are untold numbers of paper types, printing techniques and finishes. As a project manager, but also as a company in general, you have to guide the client very well in this. That’s what makes Buroform so strong: we really take people by the hand so that every aspect of the final product exceeds their expectations.

My proudest moment at Buroform is….

This interview! 😊 No, in itself, the first project you bring in is still special. Lead the customer through that entire process until delivery. You are quite proud of that. But actually, I have that feeling with every project. I am happy, relieved and satisfied every time a client beams and looks back on the collaboration with satisfaction.

What I like most about working at Buroform is….

By choosing Buroform two years ago, I took a giant leap. I had my own business and suddenly, at 50, I became an “employee” again. I was extremely well received and taken care of here, both by the management and the other colleagues. What a team spirit. On my first day, there was a sign on my keyboard, “Welcome to Buroform. Such details still make this company rise above the ground. I also sincerely believe in the vision of the future here. Management has a well-defined idea of where Buroform wants to go. I fully subscribe to that philosophy. If you want to survive in this industry, you have to do things differently. Then you have to jump out. I am convinced that the future is up for grabs.

On weekends you’ll find me…

In the winter I work my way through the house, in the summer I like to roll up my sleeves in the garden. In addition, I regularly go out with my wife: visiting a city, going for a walk or a bike ride. A terrace and a fresh pint should not be missed then. Or I venture out to a festival during the summer months; that too is part and parcel of time. We are lucky to have a large group of friends, there is always something to do.

If I wasn’t a “project manager,” I’d be…

Teacher, according to my wife. A missed opportunity she continues to claim. But that has never been my ambition. I studied graphics at Saint-Lucas and then worked in a publishing house and print shop. Graphics is in my blood.

The best career advice I have ever received….

I am rather stubborn, so I don’t remember much advice 😊. But I just think it’s important to make my own decisions. What you choose for yourself, you cannot regret. I am someone who does not like to look back, I prefer to turn the gaze forward toward the beautiful things to come.