About Dan

Dan Buttermann is the only candidate for the 121st Assembly District with the education, experience, and knowledge needed to be a successful representative. It’s not enough to win – we need someone qualified and knowledgeable on ALL of the issues and who will stand up and lead for the 121st!


Dan comes from a long line of entrepreneurs and small business owners. When his great-grandfather came to America, he carried with him a small book of ideas for an ice cream business. Generations later, that ice cream business is still thriving.


Dan’s parents, Kent and Denise, started their own candle-making business after college. Dan, along with his two 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 learned how to make a manufacturing and retail business successful. He learned that the responsibility is greater than making sales and controlling expenses – as an owner, you are responsible for the livelihood of the employees who dedicate so much of their lives and depend on the sustainability of the business.


Dan is a talented musician, and once performed for former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor with a jug band! In addition to studying music in college, Dan earned a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) to round out his hands-on business experience. After being part of his family’s business and watching his parents learn on the fly, he believed an advanced degree would help him better understand and address the challenges of starting and growing a small business.

Dan currently works as a claims manager for NYCM where he has gained expertise in insurance litigation and negotiation.

Long before he thought of running for office, Dan believed in getting involved in his community. He served as a court-appointed special advocate in Collin County, Texas. These volunteers advocate for abused and neglected children in the court system to help insure they are placed in safe, caring homes. In Dan’s own words: “I learned about the issues families deal with when drugs get involved. It can be hard for a person addicted to drugs to get things right, and there is a lot stacked against them once they get sucked into addiction. I walked away from that wanting to do more to help families in that kind of situation. Actually, that was the first thing I tried to do in Otsego County, but there wasn't really anything like it. I will never forget the moment with a 9-year-old boy and the note he wrote for me to give to his dad, who was in jail on drug charges. The boy knew his dad was addicted. He asked a lot of questions about when they will be together again. He asked if his Dad still loved him (honestly...keeping it together when I read that was challenging and still hard to do). This dad knew that he was struggling and at times they were homeless, but this boy still wanted to be with his dad. I learned a lot about family in that moment, especially since I had a little baby at home.”

Dan also served as a volunteer for the Prison Entrepreneurship Program in Texas. The program supports inmates about to be released to build professional profiles to get jobs or start a business. Dan offered feedback on their resumes, cover letters, and business plans. Dan learned about the obstacles in front of these men, who were trying to start over, but had a tough road ahead. Dan says that being a part of this program showed him the need for rehabilitative opportunities in the justice system as opposed to a punitive-only approach.


Dan has applied his knowledge and experience to generate not just positions on issues, but solutions, and he has begun creating the networks he’ll need to put those ideas into action in Albany. Your vote for Dan means he can put those ideas to work for you!


Oneonta City Schools Board of Education

  • Elected in 2014 and re-elected in 2017


Town of Oneonta Planning Board

  • Served 2014-2015

Opportunities for Otsego (Community Action Partnership) Board of Directors, 2016-Present

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


Co-Founder, TEDxOneonta, TEDxOneontaWomen, and the Upstate Leadership Conference, LLC

  • 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

  • Named among "20 under 40" in Otsego County, 2015

  • Leadership Otsego Class of 2014

Otsego Concert Association Board of Directors, 2014-Present

  • Publicity Manager and Concert Emcee


  • American Federation of Musicians Local 443

  • Farm Bureau

  • NAACP Oneonta

  • President, Oneonta Rotary Club, Rotary International

  • Chambers of Commerce: Cazenovia, Oneida, Otsego, Richfield Springs




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 100% designed and crafted in the U.S. for wholesale and retail sales since 1971.


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

  • Master of Business Administration, Concentration: Strategy and Entrepreneurship

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

  • Bachelor of Music, Clarinet Performance

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

  • MBA Summer Institute

  • Course: The Changing Environment of International Business in Europe



  • Family Court

  • Department of Corrections

  • Insurance

  • Local Government