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About Dan

EARLY LIFE

 

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.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP

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

Member:

  • American Federation of Musicians Local 443

  • Farm Bureau

  • NAACP Oneonta

  • Oneonta Rotary Club

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

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.

EDUCATION

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