Thursday, February 2, 2017
Governor, AmCham Indonesia
USAID Liason Coordinator
Dennis Heffernan is a principal and co-founder of Van Zorge, Heffernan, and Associates. Mr. Heffernan has over ten years of experience in doing business and consulting in Indonesia, and has recently provided political commentary for CNBC, the New York Times, the Economist magazine and other media.
Before coming to Indonesia in 1992, Mr. Heffernan spent twenty years in state and national politics in the USA. He served directly with two state governors, and was also Assistant to the Speaker, Ohio State House of Representatives. Mr. Heffernan worked for eight years in Washington DC, both as a campaign consultant and lobbyist. He advised congressional candidates in 8 states, and also managed a 20-state lobbying network as a Vice President for government relations at Cole National Corporation. Mr. Heffernan also worked closely with Congressman Charles Vanik, a member of the Ohio Delegation and a ranking member of the Ways and Means Committee.
As an entrepreneur, he developed real estate in Ohio, Massachusetts and Florida. In Florida, he also owned and operated a 136-room luxury resort hotel in Palm Beach, Florida The Brazilian Court Hotel.
Mr. Heffernan has also served on the Board of Directors of Penril Datacomm Corporation, a publicly listed company on NASDAQ.
In community service, Mr. Heffernan served as Trustee and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Ohio University, an 18,000-student institution and his alma mater.
In 2005, Mr. Heffernan spent six weeks in Aceh, as the advisor to Co-ordinating Minister Alwi Shihab, who was responsible for the tsunami emergency disaster relief in Aceh.