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!