Dan Hennicke joined Charlottesville Tomorrow in the summer of 2012. He is responsible for engaging the community around Charlottesville Tomorrow’s information resources in social media, weekly newsletters and special events. In addition, Dan handles our marketing projects and underwriting opportunities for local businesses. Dan also manages the CitySpace meeting room located in Charlottesville Tomorrow’s unique Downtown Mall office.
Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Dan has been a resident of Charlottesville since 2001.
Dan attended the University of Missouri where he earned a degree in Business Administration, then attended Southern Illinois University where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. He is currently working on his thesis for a Master of Fine Arts degree at Hollins University in Roanoke.
Dan has worked in marketing and sales for over twenty years with experience in the retail, newspaper and television industries. He previously served as a member of the Board of Directors for First Night Virginia and enjoys volunteering at the Light House Studio mentoring high school students in film production.
What Makes Charlottesville-Albemarle special to you?
I enjoyed raising my son and daughter in Charlottesville and feel that it offered a great environment for them to grow up in. I'm happy that after college, both moved back and are making Charlottesville their home.
Best part of working at Charlottesville Tomorrow?
There are a lot of great aspects of working at Charlottesville Tomorrow. Listening to the reporters discuss city and county agendas, upcoming building projects, or the fine details of local government gives me much more insight into the workings of our community than I ever had before. Working here also allows me to meet community members who are Charlottesville Tomorrow readers and often times, supporters. Because of our outreach in the community, I also get to be involved in several great events in our area, including The Festival of the Book, the Tom Tom Founders Fest, and the Virginia Film Festival.
Ultimate Charlottesville Saturday?
My ultimate Saturday would begin with long run, hopefully in preparation for one of the local races sponsored by the Charlottesville Track Club. Next would be breakfast with my wife at one of the local restaurants like the Blue Moon Diner or Bluegrass Grill. Our afternoon would involve taking a hike or spending time outdoors in our yard. Evenings would be spent seeing a movie at the Violet Crown or show at the Paramount Theater.
Favorite arts and culture venue in Charlottesville?
The Virginia Film Festival is my favorite event in town. I'm especially happy that Charlottesville Tomorrow began partnering with the Festival a few years back. Now, not only do I get to enjoy great films, I get to help organize an event or two around a Film Festival screening.
Most interesting trip away from Charlottesville?
My wife Emily and I took a trip out west a few years back to San Francisco and Sonoma. It was a great combination. Part of the vacation spent in a big city, doing all the touristy things, including riding a bike across the Golden Gate Bridge, and part, just relaxing in wine country and enjoying California wines.
Still on my bucket list is…
Qualify and race the Boston Marathon.
Write a screenplay that gets turned into a feature film.
Finish my MFA program.