Dan Grabel
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  • Knoxville, TN
  • United States
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How did you find EOK?
Who are you? (family, school, work, hobbies, interests, dreams)
I was born and raised in St. Louis, MO and am new to Knoxville. I have a BA from Indiana University (Hoosiers!) an MSW from Washington U. in St. Louis, and an MEd. from UM St. Louis.

I have worked as a school social worker for the last 10 years and have been involved with overnight camping my entire life. Three years ago my longtime camp partner and I bought a camp in Southern Illinois, invested $1m in renovating the entire property, started Camp Manitowa, and just finished our third summer in business.
Startup, Company, or Product Name
Camp Manitowa
Give us the Why, Way, What
Camp Manitowa is a lifelong dream realized by me and my longtime biz partner. We run a summer camp and outdoor education retreat center in Southern Illinois. We love camp and all the positive benefits a camp experience offers kids and adults alike! We own 40 acres on three different lakes, have an awesome 50' climbing tower/ropes course/400' zip line, pool, many sports venues, hiking trails, arts&crafts center, campfire circle, and more!
What do you want from EOK? What are the top 3 items you need help with now?
I'd like to meet others working for themselves
I'd like to learn about the Knoxville community
I'd like to tap into others who have experience running their own business
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At 12:03pm on September 27, 2013, Jill Green said…

Feeling like a professional networker this week.  Hope to spend some time a as worker next week.  Hope your life is full of happy campers.

At 1:13pm on September 5, 2013, Victoria Caldwell said…

hey Dan! it was great to see you yesterday at KEC in Market Square, glad you could be there.  I am very excited to hear your spotlight presentation and I was wondering if you happen to have a favorite restaurant here in Knoxville?  I am in charge of planning our weekly EOK Lunches and I thought it would be great if you wanted to pick a place to go eat after your spotlight! Let me know :-) Victoria

At 3:15pm on August 30, 2013, Victoria Caldwell said…

Hi Dan! Glad you finally made it to Knoxville it was great to meet you at the EOK meeting a few weeks ago.  Im so thrilled that you are doing your Spotlight on September 18th.  Im looking forward to getting to know you better and learning more about the wonderful work that you do at your camp with kids. - Victoria

At 4:08pm on February 13, 2013, Lisa Gifford Mueller said…

Hello Dan! Welcome to EOK! Please let me know if you have any membership questions. I look forward to meeting you soon.


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At 2:52pm on January 30, 2013, Andy Brasfield said…


EOK is a great resource.  If you need any help with connections or finding vendors for home or business, speak up.  We're all in this together!


At 9:26am on December 3, 2012, Marty Lee said…

Welcome Dan to EOK! We are excited to meet you this spring as this is the best place to be in spring! Let us know when you have arrived so you can come to some events and meet us as we look forward to meeting you :)



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