Meet Our Team
Maarten C. Tervoort (1984), Tax Advisor, graduated from the University of Maastricht (NL) with a master in International Tax Law in 2008. After his graduation, he worked for an internationally oriented accountancy and tax consultancy firm in Eindhoven (NL) for over 4 years. In this period, Maarten gained extensive experience in international structures and in wage tax and formal tax issues.
Maarten’s interest in foreign tax structures and new fiscal regimes resulted in working for the Tax department of Bonaire, Statia and Saba (BES) as tax inspector. In the 2.5 years as tax inspector, he educated colleague tax inspectors on all different forms of taxation on the BES, and foremost in formal tax law and litigation.
Maarten joined Baker Tilly in St. Maarten in 2014 as Tax Manager and became managing director in 2018
Arthur van Aalst
Arthur C. van Aalst, Tax Partner, obtained his law degree from the University Leiden in 1998. He has a master in Direct Taxation and Tax Advocacy. In addition, Arthur followed several JD and LL.M courses at the University of Florida, Gainesville, USA. In 1999, Arthur joined the law firm NautaDutilh as tax attorney. He worked for NautaDutilh’s offices in Rotterdam and New York. Arthur also worked as tax lawyer for RSM Niehe Lancée Kooy and Ernst&Young and developed himself as a specialist in the field of international tax law and legal tax proceedings.
Arthur is the author of several legal articles in Dutch tax journals and the Dutch Financial Times and knows exactly how to convert difficult tax legislation or tax science into practical advises. Arthur specializes in the taxation aspects of:
– the organization and reorganization of international groups;
– the (re-)financing of loans;
– mergers and acquisitions
– the purchase, sale or renting of real estate;
– international transactions; and
– due diligence, (second) opinions and transfer pricing issues.
In addition, Arthur has a wide experience in the field of legal tax proceedings; from the local court up to and including the Supreme Court.
Linnett Gordon (1984), Supervisor for payroll, obtained her Bachelor of Applied Science in Accounting degree from The University of Curacao. Linnett has over 8 years of experience within the accounting field including vast knowledge of payroll, local tax laws and procedures.
Chesley Augustine graduated in 2015 with her Associates of Business Administration- Accounting Concentration. She has continued her study through Oxford Brookes University and is currently pursuing her ACCA qualification.
Previously, Chesley has worked for reputable and well-known NAGICO Insurances for 4 years in the accounting field. Her experience at NAGICO allowed her to broaden her practical skills and be educated at the same time, which gave her an edge in her career goals.
Apart from Chesley’s career, she is an active athlete who plays volleyball on a national level for St. Maarten. She has been playing this sport for about 10 years, and has a great passion for it and is hoping to one day have a training camp for youths in the future.
Chesley believes that, “Whatever you want in life, you can achieve it. All you have to do is put your mind to it and get it. Yes, you may have obstacles in the way, but what fun will it be without a little challenge.”
Ashwini Gossai, is a chartered certified accountant and Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) as of 2018. She is currently pursuing an MBA with Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University and is expected to finish in 2020.
She has worked in several roles over her student life and professional career spanning more than five (5) years, gaining experience in accounting, administration and general management. She has worked in a variety of industries including financial institution, car dealership and not-for-profit organizations. Ashwini has also been a personal tutor, teaching Mathematics at the CXC level and Accounting at the CAT level.
Ashwini is credited with being ambitious, detail-oriented and organized with a zest for efficiency and productivity.
My name is Chante Webster and I am a trainee at Baker Tilly St.Maarten. I was born and raised in Holland. When I was 16 years old, I obtain my high school diploma majoring in economics, I choose to further my studies in St.Maarten. Right now I am attending the University of St. Martin where I am in my last year of my associate's Business Management. I would like to further my studies afterwards in Holland for my bachelors in Business law. Baker Tilly has assisted me a lot in growing not only with my professional but also with my personal development it helped me to decide on what I really want to do in the future. I really believe in the saying that; “ the day you plant the seed is not the day you eat the fruit”, meaning that there is always space to grow in my case it is searching for better opportunities
Shanice Theodule, Trainee, was born and raised on the beautiful island of St. Maarten. She graduated from the Charlotte Brookson Academy of the Performance Arts, where she studied Business. During her studies at Charlotte Brookson Academy, she received awards in Accounting, Dutch and Drama.
Her aspiration is to study Finance & Control. Shanice has gained invaluable experience since starting at Baker Tilly and enjoys being a member of the team. Working at Baker Tilly has solidified her decision in her anticipated field of study. One of her favorite quotes that will stick with her is “The only way to do great work is to love what you do” - Steve Jobs
Frank A.C. Groenewegen AA
Frank A.C. Groenewegen AA (1967), Partner. Frank started his career in accountancy 30 years ago in the Netherlands and has gained extensive experience in advising small and medium sized entities and non-profit organizations in practically all industries. Before he joined our firm in 2009 he has worked as a manager and partner in the Netherlands and during a 3-year period as senior-manager of Ernst & Young on Curaçao. He has specialized in CFO On Demand services, advising family owned businesses, reviews of financial forecasts and business valuations.
Erik van Engelen
Erik van Engelen (1979) joined Baker Tilly in February 2018 as a Senior Manager. He studied at the University of Groningen and obtained a Master of Science degree in Auditing. Erik started his career at PwC in Curaçao in 2003 with a focus on Financial Services. He finished his RA education at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam and moved back to the Netherlands in 2008 and joined the international business unit of PwC in Amsterdam with Schiphol Airport and TNT Post as most important clients. After seven years of auditing he began to work for the Kingdom Government as a financial supervisor on the Islands of the former Antilles (College financieel toezicht) from 2010 – 2015, on both Curaçao and Sint Maarten. Prior to joining our firm he worked for Flynth in the Netherlands as a Compliance Officer.
Erik gained experience with the following types of assignments/clients:
• Audit and review of financial statements;
• Corporate governance;
• Public Finance;
• Compilation of financial statements.
Erik has also gained experience as a board member of the Dutch Caribbean Accountants Association in the function of treasurer and he founded the Young Professionals Dutch Caribbean Association.
Erik is praised to be result-oriented, ambitious, decisive, flexible and most of all communicative (also in Papiamentu!).
Andrea Lewis (1983), Supervisor, graduated from Florida State University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Finance. Andrea is currently busy pursuing a Master’s degree in Accounting and Finance at Keller Graduate School of Management and is expected to complete in 2015. She joined Baker Tilly St. Maarten in 2008. Her expertise includes but is not limited to the set-up of organizations financial administration and general procedures. Andrea has seven (7) years of experience in financial accounting services which specializes in advisory and structuring of small to medium size businesses, government institutions, utility companies, industrial organization, and medical institutions.
Maria York (1987), Assistant Accountant. She started her career in Trinidad where she obtained roughly 9 years experience in the field of accounting, covering areas from book keeping to assisting in Financial Statement preparation. She also has hands on experience with accounting softwares such as QuickBooks, Great Plains and Sage Peachtree. She comes with accounting exposure to several types of companies such as Non-profit, Insurance and Investment banking organizations. Currently she is pursuing the ACCA qualification to be a Chartered Certified Accountant.
Omar Williams, Assistant Accountant, joined Baker Tilly in August 2019. He completed his Master’s degree in Financial Management & Control at The Hague University of Applied Sciences in 2019.
Throughout the course of his studies, he underwent various traineeships in both the public and private sectors in St. Maarten and The Netherlands, where he has gained experience in the financial services, accounting & control fields.
Suhéély Kronstadt-Margaritha (1991) joined Baker Tilly in June 2019 as Tax Assistant. She graduated from the University of Curacao and obtained a Bachelor of Applied Science in Fiscal Law and Economics.
Suheely gained experience in Curaçao fiscal law during her internships at the Tax Inspection office and the SBAB in Curaçao.
She plans on pursuing her Master of Fiscal Law in the near future.
Nadjesca Gumbs, Office Manager, joined the team in July 2019. Over the years she worked in various sectors including educational institutions, accounting firms, and nonprofit organizations. She volunteers her time with nonprofit organizations and is a founding member of St. Maarten/ St. Martin Alliance for Equality Foundation, the island’s first official organization to promote social acceptance and inclusion of the rainbow community. Joining Baker Tilly in her opinion is well-timed and affords her the opportunity to develop her professional career further. One of the quotes she lives her life by is "We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated."- Maya Angelou.