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Owner of New Covington Restaurants Now Honorary Dutch Consul

The Kingdom of the Netherlands has appointed Johannes “Hans” Frederik Philippo as Honorary Consul in Cincinnati.

Philippo is the president and CEO of Holland Roofing, a commercial roofing company with 26 offices throughout the Midwest region of the United States. He is also the founder of new Covington restaurants Lisse and House of Orange.

Philippo, 62, will help strengthen the economic ties between the United States and the Netherlands, and support the Dutch business communities in southwest Ohio, southeast Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee. He will also help Dutch citizens in need.

The Dutch Consul General in Chicago, Louis Piët, hosted an event on August 24 to introduce Mr. Philippo to the Dutch and American communities in and around Cincinnati.

“Mr. Philippo is a successful entrepreneur with strong Dutch roots and 40 years of local experience,” said Consul General Piët. “He built his business from the ground up, and he has an extensive network of contacts throughout the area. I’m sure he will serve as an eminent advisor to small and medium enterprises that want to enter the market in this region.”

He is also a majority owner of the Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC, a minor league soccer team that plays its home games at Northern Kentucky University.

-Staff report

Photo: Hans Philippo (right) cuts the ribbon to Lisse last year in Mainstrasse Village (RCN file)