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Immigrant entrepreneur named Dutch Consul for West Michigan

Paulus Heule succeeds Henry Witte in post

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GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan The new representative of the Netherlands in Western Michigan is another highly successful local entrepreneur with roots in the Netherlands. A former computer programmer, Paulus Heule, who now operates a real estate investment and managing firm, succeeds retiring travel and tour company CEO Henry Witte.

Heule came to the U.S.A. in the 1980s with his parents who wanted to be near to other children already studying at Calvin College. He heads Eenhoorn LLC and takes over as new honourary consul of the Netherlands in Western Michigan, a post without a salary.

Heule was recently installed in the post in a private ceremony held at Van Andel Institute.

The ceremony was officiated by Hans Heinsbroek, Consul General of the Netherlands in Chicago, which also has Michigan in its territory.

Henry Witte served in the post since July 1990.