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About Dan



Dan was raised with two brothers to parents Kent and Denise. Dan, along with his brothers, worked in the family business (Armadilla Wax Works) from an early age – just as soon as his parents would let him! As a member of a family owned and operated business, Dan gained invaluable experience in everything that is needed from a business owner to make a manufacturing and retail business successful. He learned that the responsibility is greater than making sales and controlling expenses – you are responsible for the livelihood of the employees who dedicate so much of their lives and depend on the sustainability of the business.


Oneonta City Schools Board of Education

  • Elected in 2014 and re-elected in 2017

Opportunities for Otsego Board of Directors

  • Develops solutions to alleviate poverty, promote healthy lives and families

TEDxOneonta and TEDxOneontaWomen

  • Leader of locally produced and organized TEDx event

  • Brought together more than 100 community members for this project

Hartwick College

  • Adjunct instructor for Business Administration

  • Faculty Wind Quintet - Clarinet

Otsego County Chamber of Commerce

  • "20 under 40" in Otsego County, 2015

  • Leadership Otsego Class of 2014

Otsego Concert Association Board of Directors

  • Manages the publicity and emcees the concert


  • American Federation of Musicians Local 443

  • Farm Bureau

  • NAACP Oneonta

  • Oneonta Rotary Club



New York Central Mutual (NYCM), 2012 - Present

  • Casualty Claims Business Unit Manager

Government Employees Insurance Company (GEICO), 2006 - 2012:  Chevy Chase, MD

  • Claims Supervisor (Arizona, Texas and New York)

Armadilla Wax Works, 2000 - 2004:  Prescott Valley, AZ

  • Hands-on experience in family-owned retail store management and production operations.  Candles are designed and crafted 100% in the U.S. for wholesale and retail sales since 1971.


Southern Methodist University, Cox School of Business: Dallas, TX (2010)

  • Master of Business AdministrationConcentration: Strategy and Entrepreneurship

The University of Arizona, School of Music: Tucson, AZ (2006)

  • Bachelor of MusicClarinet Performance

Otto Beisheim School of Management: Koblenz, Germany (May, 2010)

  • MBA Summer Institute

  • Course: The Changing Environment of International Business in Europe