“I would not be where I am today without the Israel Tennis Centers.”
So says Dan Hanegby, born and raised near Tel Aviv. However, truth be told his real home was often the Israel Tennis Centers in Ramat Hasharon. Dan started playing at the age of 7 and continued to compete there at various levels throughout his career. He went to school nearby and ended each day at the center practicing the sport he loved while learning important life skills that helped make him the kind of caring and successful person he is today.
“The ITC taught me the importance of being independent and thinking for myself,” Dan recalled. “Values of hard work and healthy competition were the center piece of what I learned as a child. It was a great place to grow up and chase my dreams.”
Dan was the Israeli Junior Champion while competing on the ITC’s High Performance team as a teenager. Being at the ITC allowed him to meet people from all walks of life, including Israel tennis legend and close friend Andy Ram. He also counts ITC Founder Ian Froman among an elite group who had a hugely positive impact on his life.
After completing his military obligation, Dan came to the US to attend Brown University where he played #1 singles and doubles and captain of the team that captured two Ivy League titles. Following graduation, he was hired as an investment banker at Morgan Stanley, spending 7 years at the prestigious Wall Street firm. He moved to Credit Suisse in 2014 as Vice President of its Investment Banking Division.
Despite 12 – 15 hour work days, Dan still finds time to give back to the ITC in recognition of the importance that the organization played in his life. “I grew up with Ari Strasberg who is now the ITC’s Chief Executive Officer. He is one of my best friends, and I take advantage of that relationship to exchange ideas about the ITC and things that can be done to help as many Israeli children as possible. I know what it meant to me to have learned so many valuable life lessons.”
On a more personal note, Dan actually met his current wife at the Israel Tennis Centers. He was only 10 years old when he first had the opportunity to travel with an ITC team to the US. On that same team was Sasha Edelstein Hanegby, also an accomplished ITC alum, and the rest as they say is history.