Entrepreneur killed in skiing accident: ‘Always the shining center’

47-year-old entrepreneur Rob Toonders from Mierlo died in a skiing accident last week in Austria. Toonders founded the payroll company Mettom in 2011. The company, based in Eindhoven, writes on social media that it is stunned and that it still cannot believe the news of the death of the company’s founder and director.

“Our Rob is no longer here… We will miss him so much. The void he leaves behind cannot be filled. We will have to continue without our figurehead, pacesetter, colleague, number 1, tour guide, poet, dealmaker, friend and buddy,” his colleagues write in the message in which they commemorate Toonders.

Toonders died on Tuesday while skiing in Nauders in Tyrol. He went off a track and crashed into a tree. Bystanders and emergency services tried to resuscitate him. This help was no longer of any use.

In the message, his colleagues share their condolences for his girlfriend and Toonders’ children, a boy and a girl. “We will support, accommodate and assist them, as Rob would have wanted.”

“Countless moments with a golden edge.”

After Toonders founded Metton, he started a second company that deals with human resources five years ago: Fhris. An adventure that, according to his colleagues, started with the motto: ‘we are going to laugh every day’. “What a wonderful time we had together with Rob. Countless moments with a golden edge and Rob always as the shining center.”

They now promise to further expand the companies together: “In the spirit of Rob, as he would have liked to see it. Or, as our Rob would have said with a clenched fist: We are going to blow nondeju!”