It is with deep sadness that we share the tragic news of Patrick Maasdam’s passing on Thursday 10th August 2017. Patrick was known in the yachting industry and beyond as the co-founder of Middle Point, a Dutch firm specialising in the recruitment and placing of skilled individuals in the maritime industry.
Business partner and friend, Maarten van Haaren, remembers Patrick: “With his passing we lose a highly esteemed colleague and a charismatic, inspiring and passionate entrepreneur.
A man on a mission to bring people of different backgrounds closer together by means of international recruitment activities. It all started with a couple Engineers from his second home country Poland, and it grew with time to a group of people with more than 45 different nationalities. With Middle Point as their new family we helped them find a new job, a new life and a new home.
Patrick felt like a fish in water within the yacht building industry. He quickly established a key-position for himself in this niche market with his guts and a healthy amount of bluff, with the Monaco Yacht Show as a yearly recurrent highlight. Within the time frame of 10 years Middle Point has grown from a small office with two school friends to a successful international player in the maritime industry.
We will dearly miss his smile, presence and everlasting energy, and will honour his legacy by dedicating ourselves to continue the work he loved so much: the show must go on!”