Hannah SnitkerPrevious Event Manager at Canterbury Hill Winery and Restaurant

For the eight or so months before she was chosen for Ones to Watch, Hannah Snitker wasn’t able to enjoy the obvious perks of working at a winery: Her third baby is due in early May. Fortunately her position as event manager at Canterbury Hill Winery offers Snitker plenty of satisfaction, as does her adopted home of Jefferson City.

“I often get asked if I grew up here,” Snitker says. “The people I’ve met and built relationships with in a short time here is absolutely amazing.”

Snitker was raised in the small town of Owensville in Gasconade County. She left home to attend Lincoln University, where she graduated with a degree in business education, earned the business department’s outstanding academic award and came to know the city as her new home.

Snitker was hired at Canterbury Hill after spending time teaching, when she fostered the multitasking and communication skills that she now utilizes for event planning.

DJ Drury, owner of Canterbury Hill and Snitker’s nominator for the 2015 Ones to Watch, says Snitker has been instrumental in the winery’s growth over the past two years.

“Her leadership shines through her personality,” Drury says. “She is the real deal, from her smile to her top-notch organizational skills. She will tell you that her goal in life is just to make someone smile.”

Snitker’s husband, Shawn, serves full time in the Missouri National Guard. With two daughters — Jillian, 4, and Berkley, 2 — and a third baby on the way, Snitker strives to maintain a healthy balance between work, family and community.

“My motto is always, ‘Make a memory,’” she says. “Since we do live the Army life, my girls are raised knowing just how precious family time is.”

When she was a young girl herself, Snitker dreamed of a job that would make people smile. With dedication and tireless commitment, she makes every occasion at Canterbury Hill feel like a dream event.

“At the end of the day, when my client is completely satisfied, and they leave with a smile and great memories, I know my job is complete,” she says.

Family: Husband, Shawn; daughters, Jillian and Berkley; baby due in May 2015
Charity of choice: Boys & Girls Clubs of the Capital City
“This charity holds a special place in my heart because of my passion for kids,” Snitker says. “Since I am no longer in the classroom, I feel this is one group I can still give to that gives me the satisfaction of helping and making a difference in a child’s life. We live in a world with great diversity and situations that are not always suitable for young kids. This is a great place for kids to maintain a normal lifestyle and get an equal opportunity in life in a safe place.”
Community involvement: Snitker is active in the Chamber of Commerce and loves being involved with the Boys & Girls Clubs. She helped Canterbury Hill become a vendor in Fork, Cork & Brews, a Boys & Girls Clubs event that helps raise money for scholarships. “Hannah is the backbone of our business donations, where they go and whom they can help,” Drury says.