ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Born & Raised: 1977 - 1995

Have you ever noticed the About the Author page is always somehow written in the third person? I’ve never understood this. I’m going to mix things up a bit. Let me tell you about myself. I grew up in the small rural town of Rodney in Ontario, Canada. I’m the oldest of four, and now I have five siblings, including my brother- and sister-in-law. Family has always been very important to me. I’ve been fortunate to have amazingly supportive parents and a large extended family of around ninety aunts, uncles, and cousins. I can say family gatherings were always a blast.

Born & Raised: 1977 - 1995

Have you ever noticed the About the Author page is always somehow written in the third person? I’ve never understood this. I’m going to mix things up a bit. Let me tell you about myself. I grew up in the small rural town of Rodney in Ontario, Canada. I’m the oldest of four, and now I have five siblings, including my brother- and sister-in-law. Family has always been very important to me. I’ve been fortunate to have amazingly supportive parents and a large extended family of around ninety aunts, uncles, and cousins. I can say family gatherings were always a blast.

Toronto Life: 1995 - 2000

After a short diploma study as an Electronics Engineering Technician in Toronto and several years working with my father, the call to explore grew, and I took the leap to teach English in Italy. That didn’t work out so well. Yet it kicked off a greater desire for more of Europe.

Toronto Life: 1995 - 2000

After a short diploma study as an Electronics Engineering Technician in Toronto and several years working with my father, the call to explore grew, and I took the leap to teach English in Italy. That didn’t work out so well. Yet it kicked off a greater desire for more of Europe.

2000 - 2005: University Life

Being of Dutch heritage, I jumped across the pond once more to achieve a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree in International Finance and Marketing in Groningen, the Netherlands. Along the way, I created amazing friendships that have lasted for twenty years since that first day of university.

During these years, I spent two semesters abroad in the Czech Republic and Hong Kong.

2000 - 2005:
University Life

Being of Dutch heritage, I jumped across the pond once more to achieve a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree in International Finance and Marketing in Groningen, the Netherlands. Along the way, I created amazing friendships that have lasted for twenty years since that first day of university.

During these years, I spent two semesters abroad in the Czech Republic and Hong Kong.

Working World: 2005 - 2018

After school I took my first role in a software company in Munich, Germany. The world of finance and software opened for me. After some years in Germany and a change of companies, I settled down in Vienna, Austria, where I worked for HP/HPE Software and Micro Focus for ten years.

Working Life:
2005 - 2018

After school I took my first role in a software company in Munich, Germany. The world of finance and software opened for me. After some years in Germany and a change of companies, I settled down in Vienna, Austria, where I worked for HP/HPE Software and Micro Focus for ten years.

2017 - Present and Beyond: Giving Life a Different Go!

Jamie Slaats Author/CreatorOut of some difficult times in my life over the last years, the experience has really grown in me a heart of compassion. More than ever I realize, we all go through our ups and downs in life and a bit of kindness goes  such a long, long way.

Now I’m self-employed with my own company called TwelveGates. I’ve become very passionate about the hearts of people and getting to know what really makes them tick. How do they see the world around them and why? I’ve also become passionate about history, kingdom law, kingdom economics, information and data analysis, and challenging and testing cultural norms.

This all includes my own beliefs and ideas about the world around me. I believe strongly in unconditionally loving one’s neighbor as oneself. It’s not always easy, but I do the best I can. I believe all people have value. Yet not all ideas have equal value. My desire is one day to see all people everywhere walking in the meaning and purpose for their lives. I look forward to the day that I see this happen.  (Visit the “Inspiration page for more pics of Vienna and life in Vienna) 

2017 - Present: Giving Life a Different Go!

Jamie Slaats Author/Creator

Out of some difficult times in my life over the last years, the experience has really grown in me a heart of compassion. More than ever I realize, we all go through our ups and downs in life and a bit of kindness goes  such a long, long way.

Now I’m self-employed with my own company called TwelveGates. I’ve become very passionate about the hearts of people and getting to know what really makes them tick. How do they see the world around them and why? I’ve also become passionate about history, kingdom law, kingdom economics, information and data analysis, and challenging and testing cultural norms.

This all includes my own beliefs and ideas about the world around me. I believe strongly in unconditionally loving one’s neighbor as oneself. It’s not always easy, but I do the best I can. I believe all people have value. Yet not all ideas have equal value. My desire is one day to see all people everywhere walking in the meaning and purpose for their lives. I look forward to the day that I see this happen.  (Visit the “Inspiration page for more pics of Vienna and life in Vienna) 

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