Zack Wittkamp: Making Something out of Nothing
When brewmaster Dan Powell came to Zack Wittkamp with the idea of launching the first craft brewery in Newport News, Zack told him he didn’t know anything about making beer. Dan told Zack, “Yes, but you know how to make something out of nothing.”
That entrepreneurial ability to start a project from scratch, find ways to bring ideas and people together, get passionate about it and see it through to a successful completion is what Zack Wittkamp will bring to the House of Delegates for the 94th District.
Tradition Brewing Company, which opened its doors a year ago, is Zack’s second business start up. He sold his first, a speciality running store, after 5 years in the community. His expertise is in creating the organizational framework for businesses—the building blocks that ultimately allow a business to succeed and become a partner in the community. Zack believes we have to take a good hard look at the programs that make up our government and be willing to start over if they aren’t working. “The world changed on November 8, 2016,” he says. “People want a voice, and they want a government that works for them. I think that’s what we all deserve, for ourselves and our children.”
Zack grew up in Newport News and is grateful for the opportunities the City and community has offered to him. He serves on the Newport News Planning Commission, where he helps guide and shape what the city will become in the future. He is a 1999 graduate of Randolph Macon College. Zack and his wife, Allie, a Vice President at Towne Bank, live in Newport News with their five-year-old daughter, Larkin.