NOVATO, Calif., March 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Holland Society of New York has awarded the 2011 Gold Medal for Distinguished Achievement to Kenneth G. Winans of Winans International for excellence in Finance and History.
Mr. Winans is a successful investment management entrepreneur, an award-winning author, and active philanthropist, and a renowned collector (www.kenwinans.com). Living in the San Francisco Bay Area, he is the organization's Pacific Southwest representative.
The Holland Society was founded in New York City in 1885 to collect information respecting the settlement and history of New Netherland, and is one of the nation's oldest heritage societies. Its main objective is to find and preserve documentation about the inhabitants' lives and times so as to elucidate the political, social, and religious patterns in the Dutch colony. Historical publications are sponsored, along with encouragement for family studies and genealogy. The Society's membership is represented by many of America's oldest families such as the Van Der Bilts and Roosevelts.
It is interesting to note that Kenneth G. Winans is a direct descendant of Cornelius Melyn and Jan Winans. Both were leaders of Dutch settlements in New York and New Jersey in the 1600s.
More information on The Holland Society can be found at www.hollandsociety.com.
SOURCE Winans International