Dan is currently the Co-Chair of the SkillsUSA Video Production programs, Managing Member at Weecks Productions, LLC, Co-Host and Executive Producer of the Talk Around Town show, and member of the City of Peoria’s Rio Vista Advisory Board. Previous positions include the Executive Director of the Zeitgeist Medien Fest Intl. Film Festival, Director on the Board of Directors for the Arizona Center for Germanic Cultures, and Director on the Board of Directors for the New Life Society. Dan has an Associates in Applied Science degree in Motion Picture/Television Production and a Certificate of Specialization in Film Production. Dan was also a three-time recipient of the Bergamo Broadcasting Scholarship and one-time recipient of the Honors Achievement Award Scholarship from Maricopa Community Colleges.
Throughout his upbringing, Dan had many unique experiences and mentors which helped him decide on his career as an entrepreneur, concentrating on corporate advertising and television hosting.
With family support Dan worked on a litany of projects, some of which led to becoming a published poet at age 11, accepted to compete in a Honeywell science innovation competition with his invention “Bird-B-Gone", and shortly after, the youngest filmmaker to compete in the Peoria Film Festival, with three films accepted in 2008. He produced one of the first videos ever played on the University Of Phoenix stadium Jumbotron for a school graduation ceremony. In Dan’s academic history, he was a repeat recipient of the Bergamo Scholarship (in honor of broadcasting legend Ron Bergamo) as well as multiple Honor scholarships for his academic achievements before he graduated college with an Associates in Applied Science in Motion Picture/Television Production and a Certificate of Specialization in Film Production. After graduating college, Dan went on to produce many independent projects through his production company, Weecks Productions, LLC; in addition to these projects, Dan conceptualized and became the Executive Producer and Co-Host of the Talk Around Town TV talk-show which has had two very successful seasons with viewership in over 150 countries. Dan’s company Weecks Productions, LLC currently holds multiple government and private sector contracts and is authorized by the FAA for aerial sUAS use and production.
Dan is a world traveler who has survived a lightning strike, speaks German, and has had the opportunity to support many worthwhile causes. Before he had graduated college at age 19, Dan had become the youngest member on the Board of Directors for AC4GC, a non-profit corporation located in Phoenix, Arizona devoted to preserving and promoting Germanic cultures, as well as a Director on the BoD for the New Life Society, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation which provides support and educational services for organ and tissue transplant donors and recipients.
In late 2012, Dan was appointed Executive Festival Director and Chairman of the Zeitgest Medien Fest (International Film Festival) and also became the newest member on the Phoenix Oktoberfest planning committee. Charged with branding the first and on-going ZMF film festival, Dan designed a website, festival structure and design and implemented promotional strategies, as well as built a cohesive plan which made the festival a financial and social success, ultimately benefiting Arizona’s communities as well as the Arizona Center for Germanic Cultures. Since 2012, Dan has traveled the world spreading the word about the ZMF Intl. Film Festival and has lectured at universities and colleges in the USA, Austria, and Germany.
In 2016 Dan received his pilot license from the FAA for sUAS use after years of being involved with NTSB discussions about UAV legislation and best practices. In his free time Dan volunteers at the Arizona Animal Welfare League and SPCA no-kill animal shelter. Dan routinely speaks to audiences of young minds between the ages of 11-18 years old and is involved as a mentor with STEM based education groups such as the Chief Science Officers.