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.
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!
Oct 13th, 2014 by Newaukee
"If we continue to leave a large portion of our city behind, we will never be able to realize Milwaukee’s full potential."
Oct 6th, 2014 by Newaukee
"When I look at the potential of Milwaukee, I would like to see the collective spirit of disruption and social responsibility take over Milwaukee..."
Sep 29th, 2014 by Newaukee
"I remember when downtown Milwaukee didn't exist. Buildings such as the Calatrava and University Tower are creating a unique skyline."
Sep 22nd, 2014 by Newaukee
"I absolutely love living in Milwaukee now!"
Sep 2nd, 2014 by Newaukee
"In other cities I feel far safer walking and biking, vis-a-vis cars, especially with my young son."
Aug 11th, 2014 by Newaukee
I’m Milwaukee’s bike share program!