Romke de Haan
A deejay and design agency president, this city native is a fully immersed member of the creative class.
How long have you lived in Milwaukee and why did you choose to live here?
I was born and raised in Milwaukee. I did a stint in Chicago and Columbus for work. I choose to live here because my family is here.
What about Milwaukee makes it a place you want to work and play?
I feel like I have been rediscovering Milwaukee with new eyes. I used to think Milwaukee was such a dull and boring city, but lately I have been having so much fun with all the events that go on through out the year.
What is your favorite Milwaukee event?
NYE-MKE is my new favorite event. Only because I get a chance to rock a crowd of 1500 people.
What is one thing about Milwaukee you’d like to see change?
I have two: segregation and poverty. I grew up in a not-so-affluent part of town and a lot of people feel limited by the lack of opportunity, whether it be because of the part of town they grew up in or the financial limitations set before then. I am strong believer in the fact that you have the power to change your position in life and try to help others to understand the same.
What do you do?
I am the President at Spreenkler, a company that focuses on introducing digital strategies for startups and brands. We have worked with some of the worlds biggest companies including Intel, Amtrak, Blackberry, Zappos, Kohls, etc. I am also a DJ; don’t miss out on NYE with Jimmy Cababa, E-Rich and me for one of the hottest NYE’s parties this year!
Apr 7th, 2014 by Newaukee
"I’d like to see Milwaukee finally acting like the big-time city it constantly claims to be."
Mar 31st, 2014 by Newaukee
"I didn’t always see Milwaukee as a viable place to create an artistic home. But it is possible here."
Mar 24th, 2014 by Newaukee
"In Milwaukee, if you bust your butt, it will pay off. In Chicago or LA, nobody may ever know your name."