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Brad Keenan, Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison

IB’s Professional of the Week is the premier way to meet Dane County’s professionals. This week features Brad Keenan, executive advertising manager, Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison.

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What would you say are the best things about living and working in Dane County?

It wasn’t until going to school in Milwaukee and leaving Dane County for the first time that I realized how special a place it truly is, and it all starts with the people. I’m not sure if it’s the five lakes, the cheese curds, the beer, or a combination of all three, but people from Dane County are a different breed. I recall a moment when I was working at a sporting goods store several years ago, where I was helping a father and a son from Illinois put kayaks on their vehicle. After putting the first one up, we ran back into the store to grab the next one. The man’s son asked, “Do I need to stay out here and watch the car?” only to have his dad respond, “No, this is Madison.” At the time, it didn’t really mean anything to me, but looking back at it I think it’s a prime example of who we are as a city and a county.

Do you have any secret talents or abilities that people would be surprised to discover?

Unfortunately I don’t have any secret talents that I’m aware of. I do, however, love to cook and more specifically grill, which I’d like to believe I’m above average at.

What are your guilty pleasures?

Duck and goose hunting. Growing up in Wisconsin, I feel like we are all blessed to have the outdoors right outside our backdoor. I’ve always found nature and hunting to be fascinating. It’s hard to explain, but there’s just something about getting up early and watching the sun rise while laying in a cornfield or crouched down in a duck blind over the water as birds are flying overhead. The 60-day hunting season is often when I’m the happiest, as I’m able to leave everything at the boat launch and just sit in silence for hours. Unfortunately, those 60 days go by quickly, which forces me to hunt for birdies on the golf course instead!

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