Hessel Kielstra, an Owner & CEO of Vyefield Enterprises was just recently selected as Top Male Visionary of the Year for 2020 by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP) for his outstanding leadership, business innovation and dedication to his industry.
While inclusion with the International Association of Top Professionals is an honor in itself, only one man and one woman are selected as “Visionary of the Year.” These special honorees are distinguished based on their professional accomplishments, academic achievements, leadership abilities, longevity in the field, other affiliations, contributions to their communities, and have given visionary leadership to their industry. All honorees are invited to attend the IAOTP’s annual award gala at the end of this year for a night to honor their achievements. www.iaotp.com/award-gala.
Mr. Kielstra will be honored in Las Vegas, NV at the end of this year for this distinction. Last year he was honored at IAOTP’s Annual Awards Gala held at the Plaza Hotel for his selection as Business Innovator of the Year and for the Lifetime Achievement Award. For 2017 Mr. Kielstra was honored at IAOTP’s Annual Award Gala at the Ritz Carlton in Battery Park, New York City where he was presented with the Top CEO of the Year.
Mr. Kielstra is being recognized as Top Male Visionary of the Year for having over 4 decades of professional experience as a seasoned international business leader, trusted CEO, having tremendous foresight and for his community outreach. Throughout his career, Hessel has certainly proven himself as an accomplished professional and expert in entrepreneurship, marketing, business management and development. He has demonstrated success not only in the business world but also in the agricultural industry and in the value added further processing business, namely bakery products. Hessel carries a strong reputation and offers a wide range of expertise and experience in the business community.
Vyefield Enterprises is a multi-faceted private company owned and managed by the Kielstra family. Vyefield’s corporate head office is located in Calgary, Alberta and since the age of 18 Hessel has led the family business. Originally from the Netherlands, Hessel graduated from Trinity Western University in 1970 and completed his studies at the University of British Columbia in Psychology & Political Science in 1972.
Throughout his illustrious career, Hessel has been active in his community which includes two terms as an alderman for the city of Abbotsford, when he was in his late twenties. He is recognized worldwide for his outstanding leadership and commitment to the Business Industry. He has received many awards, accolades’ and has been featured in publications and magazines. For 2018 he graced the front cover of TIP (Top Industry Professionals) Magazine was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Business Innovator of the Year and inducted into the Million Dollar Diamond Club of IAOTP. For 2017, he was named Top CEO of the Year by the International Association of Top Professionals and Outstanding Entrepreneur of the Year by Who’s Who. He sits on numerous boards, is the President of several private companies, and in 2016 completed being chair of the board of Dordt College in Iowa which has about 1400 students. The Wall street Journal ranked Dordt College as #1 in the nation for student engagement for 2016, 2017 and 2018, out of 1,111 colleges and universities. “it was a real honor and privilege to be a participant in the outstanding leadership team at the college”
He has just been appointed to the board of Partners Worldwide. It is a Christian organization that is dedicated to reducing poverty around the globe by investing into local people, allowing them to set up small businesses in their own community. It gives these people business training along with funds. Its client base is 73.3% female. It truly helps poverty stricken people and gives them self esteem which allows many of them to rise above poverty not for a day or two but for a lifetime. It fills them with the gift of hope and well being.
Looking back at his life’s journey, Hessel attributes his success to Alice his wonderful loving wife of over forty years and to his many extraordinary experiences, his work ethic, his children along with the greater Kielstra family. Last but not least his faith and gifted mentors he had along the way. He believes you must be passionate in all your endeavors. He is at his best, if he is creating and/or innovating new concepts or ideas with a vision for the future. Hessel says he has been blessed, he loves doing what he is doing, and has visions what great things are still on the horizon. To get the most out of life we depend on a high level of trust along with a great attitude full of gratitude. As we age we realize that life is all about faith hope and love.
When he is not working Hessel enjoys traveling, dining, enjoying the arts, and taking advantage of life’s opportunistic moments. For the future, Hessel will continue to help influence others in their business ventures and serve as a mentor to other entrepreneurs and hopes to continue making a difference in people’s lives anyway that he can.
For more information on Hessel please visit: http://www.vyefieldenterprises.ca/