Dan began his career in Chicago as a director/cameraman, making films for McDonald’s, Abbott, Labs, PBS and the American Dairy Council. Subsequently, Dan joined advertising agency Foote Cone & Belding as a producer, creating commercials for Sears, Pizza Hut, Hallmark and other clients.
Dan left Foote Cone to become an executive producer for FilmFair, a Los Angeles-based television commercial production company, managing the Chicago studio. FilmFair expanded to New York and asked Dan to open and manage its new Manhattan studio. Dan left FilmFair to join Creative Film Management, a bi-coastal commercial production company, as executive producer and managing partner.
After ten years in New York, Dan was asked to be the managing partner for Chicago-based Manarchy Films. Coming full circle, Dan moved back to Chicago where he ran Manarchy Films for sixteen years.
Dan retired in 2012. He has served on several nonprofit boards and done extensive volunteer work.