Dan grew up in New Jersey, where he graduated from the New Jersey Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Technology. Following graduation, he joined the United States Marine Corps as a commissioned officer, and spent the next twenty years as a fighter pilot, flying the F-4 Phantom & F/A-18 Hornet. During his time with the Marine Corps he had numerous world wide deployments in support of peacetime & combat operations. Following retirement, he began a retail career working for numerous Fortune 500 companies across multiple channels including; Delta Airlines, The Boeing Company, The Home Depot, 7-Eleven Inc, Wingstop Restaurants, and most recently Black Rifle Coffee Company. During his retail career he had held positions from Store General Manager to Head of US Restaurant & Retail Operations.
Dan is married to the former Marcie Fisher and they have four children. Dan & Marcie reside in the rural country outside Atlanta, GA with their two wonderful dogs Rossi (Beagle) and Birdie (German Short-Haired Pointer).