Get to Know the Dingman Center: Chris Rehkamp

This summer we will be featuring our current Dingman Center staff in a special blog series. Read along and get to know a little more about each member of our team!

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Chris Rehkamp, Student Venture Programs Manager

Chris Rehkamp joined the Dingman Center in May 2016 to manage our student venture creation programs, namely the Idea Shell and Terp Startup phases of our Fearless Founders accelerator as well as Dingman Fridays. Since Chris’s arrival, we have seen many new students come in and out of the Center, eager to share their ideas and progress with him. Formerly a Membership Manager at DC’s food incubator Union Kitchen, Chris is experienced at designing an inviting environment for venture creation and collaboration. His take on Dingman Fridays and Terp Startup include music, food and whiteboards to create an energizing space filled with good vibes.

What excites you most about your job?
I’ve always really enjoyed working with people at the intersection of their passion and their creativity. In my role at the Dingman Center, I get to do precisely that, every day. I am so fortunate to sit across from students who have committed themselves to solving problems and building creative solutions.

What are your favorite hobbies?
Playing Sports (hockey and volleyball), music (singing at random), reading, and good conversation battle for my time. I’m so blessed to be able to partake in them all. Life is good.

If you could visit one place on earth, where would it be and why?
Banff National Park in Alberta has been on my list for a long time. I love Canada’s big forests and lakes. So many people have recommended the hiking and scenery at Banff to me. It just seems like my kind of place.

What’s the most interesting thing you have in your office?
Seth Shuldiner, our investment manager for sure. He’s such a clever and funny guy. Close second: Compi, my pet lizard.

If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would it be?
Parker J Palmer.

What would your super power be?
Calm is a superpower.

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