TRINITY BUSINESS NETWORK
LOCAL LEADERS AND STUDENTS
staffers, and business leaders examined the challenges of business as a
calling with the Trinity Business Network (TBN) held in the Grand Lobby
of the Ozinga Chapel, Thursday, April 20.
Presentations revolved around
the theme "Christian Leadership: Surviving a Changing Marketplace." Guest
speakers included Elsa Prince Broekhuizen, chair of EDP Management Company
LLC and Lumir Corporation; Steve Van Drunen '86 President and CEO of Providence
Bank; Janice K. Van Dyke-Zeilstra, CEO and chairperson at Darwill Inc.;
and John Venhuizen '92, director of business development at Ace Hardware
Corporation. The four speakers addressed the Christian businessperson's
role in a rapidly changing marketplace. They then participated in a question
and answer session which provided encouragement to the students and business
leaders who attended.
"This was a positive experience,"
said Steve Verhagen '07, "I was greatly encouraged by what the speakers
had to say. Business is often overlooked in Christian education; this business
network event provided great advice for how to integrate our lives as future
Christian businessmen and women."
Janice Van Dyke-Zeilstra
said, "It's not about the bottom line, it's about relationships." This
view led the rest of the discussion as the speakers shared situational
advice about employee relations and the tension between increasing profit
and acting in a Christ-like way. John Venhuizen exhorted future business
leaders to witness by their actions rather than merely words. Steve Van
Drunen admitted that it is increasingly harder to be a Christian in the
workplace, but challenged everyone to be straightforward about their faith.
Elsa Prince Broekhuizen encouraged students to take that challenge and
"be bold and trust God."
President Steven Timmermans
instituted the TBN to provide Christ-centered business learning and service
opportunities for graduates and friends of Trinity in the business world.