FOUNDER AND CEO
Dan graduated from the United States Coast Guard Academy in 2007, and first served aboard USCGC BOUTWELL (WHEC-719) out of Alameda, CA, as the Law Enforcement Officer and Navigator. During this tour, Dan led successful at-sea boarding operations around the globe and in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, which included suspected Somali Pirate interdictions, counter-drug smuggling, and high-seas fisheries enforcement. Dan then served as Commanding Officer of USCGC TERN (WPB-87343) out of San Francisco, CA, where he and his crew of 12 conducted maritime homeland security, search & rescue, and counter-drug patrols along the Pacific coast. Dan’s final tour on active duty was as Pacific Area Program Manager, supporting the fleet of high-endurance cutters until 2012.
Dan transitioned from active service to join Insight Enterprises as the Senior Product Manager responsible for the partnership with Hewlett Packard Personal Systems Group (HP PSG). This included leading an experienced team and developing go-to-market strategies, marketing campaigns, and sales enablement efforts for the $500M line of business. Insight grew to #1 in the DRC channel in key categories, and received HP’s Personal Systems Growth Partner of the Year Award in 2013. In 2014, Dan accepted an Enterprise Field Account Executive role in Tampa, FL, selling IT hardware, software, and services solutions to large corporations. Dan focused on developing a CIO level perspective and understanding of his client’s businesses, as well as an appreciation of strong services and OEM partnerships. Dan’s assigned book of accounts grew 70% his first year, and nearly 10x the following year to over $10M. In 2016, Dan accepted a position as Chief of Staff to the VP & GM of the Majors Accounts Organization, responsible for over $2B in annual revenue. Dan directly managed 18 Account Executives, Software Account Executives, and Business Development Managers, and was responsible for business development initiatives including strategic alliances with IT outsourcers and Healthcare Group Purchasing Organizations (GPOs). During this time, the Majors team enjoyed six straight quarters of record-setting growth.
Dan founded Arete Solutions in September 2017, and as CEO is responsible for the long-term decision making, day-to-day management, and administration of business operations. He is active in the local AFCEA and NVSBC chapters, and leads educational outreach programs looking to address the expanding shortage of certified cyber talent. He is an avid amateur golfer, and enjoys spending time outdoors as much as possible with family and friends.