Daniel E. Weckerly
Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board
Daniel E. Weckerly has been communications manager at the Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board (VFTCB) since December 2012. Among his present duties are project management and content creation, the latter responsibility encompassing press releases, media alerts, publications (both print and electronic), web copy, the VFTCB member newsletter, speech content and The Pursuit, the VFTCB blog.
Dan has always lived in the southeastern corner of Pennsylvania, first in Delaware County and, since 1988, in Montgomery County. His longevity in the area has enabled him to partake in some of the most high profile events in the area, including the Bicentennial celebration of 1976, where he experienced for himself a speech by then-President Gerald R. Ford in Valley Forge National Historical Park.
He went on to graduate from St. Joseph’s University with a bachelor’s degree in English. A highlight of his undergraduate years was a semester abroad, where he studied economics at Heythrope College, offshoot educational institution of the University of London. His six months in Europe included extensive travel through Scotland, Ireland and Wales and on “…the weirdest weekend I have ever experienced,” Paris.
Dan’s writing and editing experience is very broad and very deep, reflecting expertise in the finance, banking, insurance, tech, healthcare and now, travel and tourism fields. On the lighter side, he has served as a film critic for a suburban weekly newspaper; maintains his own blog, The Quill of Victory; and self-published a novel in 2012, experiencing the thrill of seeing it listed for more than a year on Amazon.com.
“They say that a man who has a job he loves never works a day in his life,” Dan comments. “That absolutely holds true for me at the VFTCB. I’ve had some memorable adventures here: riding over the county in a hot air balloon; ziplining; rockwall climbing; and coming into contact with some unforgettable individuals.
“But the best part—the part I wouldn’t trade for anything—is having nothing less than the best colleagues I have ever encountered. The MarComm crew at the VFTCB is a great bunch: Supportive, creative, smart, trusting, collaborative, insightful, wise and best of all, imbued with a great sense of humor that makes the days both interesting and enjoyable,” he says.