How do your colleagues describe you?
They describe me as a…”creative problem solver” “ambitious, relentless, and positive” “master of time management” “idea-focused and design oriented” “full of empathy” and my favorite: “dance party initiator”
Why do you do what you do?
So much of my life is predicated on the idea that life is worth having fun with, and why not fill it with positive, empathetic interactions. Both in business and in life, I strive to see people wholly and create mutually beneficial relationships through creative means.
Dan keeps coming back to his roots in Baker County. After receiving his BA with honors from Lewis & Clark College, spending multiple years abroad, and exploring careers ranging from the United States Forest Service, culinary and hospitality work, teaching, and design and multi-media, Dan returned to Baker City in 2016 to start Go Wild, an upscale backpacking tour company.
Dan cares deeply about equity and quality of life in his small Eastern Oregon community and believes that entrepreneurship is one of the best ways to address these things. His work has led him to involvement in other for-profit ventures, non-profits, and contract government work.