After his education at the Rotterdam Harbor and Transport College, Gijs worked for various shipping companies stationed in Brazil, Central America and the USA. In the early 90s, Gijs joined a freight forwarding company in Rotterdam focusing on building an international network of partners. For several years, he also was CEO of the Malaysian subsidiaries.
Later, Gijs joined one of the largest Dutch trading houses with production units in China, where he had full responsibility over their entire logistic activities. This included QC and on time delivery for their European distribution centers. During this period, he also spent several years in Shanghai.
In 2006, Gijs joined the Atlas Logistic Network as their General Manager, and in 2014 started working for the Alfa Logistics Family as a Senior Advisor and Insurance Specialist. Although, semi-retired, he still serves the same role today.