Our Management Team in Slovakia

Laurens de Man

Laurens is founding partner of VVMZ Property Slovakia. Before starting VVMZ in Slovakia in 1994, Laurens was working with a specialized merchant bank in company analyses and investments. Since 1994 Laurens has been growing the company in agricultural and real estate investment services in Slovakia. As such he is involved in due diligence, valuating, structuring and managing agricultural land and farm acquisitions for clients and advises on land development projects in real estate. Laurens holds a Master degree in Business Administration from the Erasmus University Rotterdam and a Master in Real Estate from the University Tilburg/Tiass-Nimbas Business School, the Netherlands. Laurens is fluent in Dutch, English, German and working proficiency in Slovak.

Erik Heidema

Erik became co-owner of VVMZ in 2007, after joining VVMZ in 2004. Between 1995 and 2004 Erik was managing investment projects in tourism and real estate in Central and Eastern Europe. Since 2004 Erik advises on subsidies and grants, real estate development, tourism development and manages several (agricultural) real estate projects. Erik graduated in Economic Geography from the University in Groningen and holds a Master Degree in Industrial Location and Development from the University Brussels. Erik is fluent in Dutch, Slovak, Czech, English and German.

Jaroslav Piatka

Jaroslav graduated in 2002 at the Faculty of Agronomy at Slovak Agricultural University in Nitra. Before joining our organization, Jaroslav worked in the agricultural sector for different supplying companies in the field of agriculture and food processing industry. Currently, Jaroslav is involved in supporting our clients in the search and selection of agricultural companies and agricultural lands, due diligence and advising on project implementation. Jaroslav is in charge with the management and communication with our network of local experts and advisors in Slovakia and the Czech Republic. He is fluent in Slovak, Czech and English.