President / CEO
Dan is a third-generation contractor born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. With a natural talent for business, at age 13 Dan started his first company, Big Dan’s Lawn Care, “You grow it, We’ll mow it!”. Even at that young age, Dan understood the importance of starting a business the right way, so with only a bicycle for transportation he set off to secure a business license and insurance. His entrepreneurial spirit continued with his first manufacturing venture at age 24 when he was inspired to turn a jewelry box made for his wife into a business. His jewelry boxes were sold in stores across the country including Dillard’s, Tinder Box, the Kentucky Derby Museum and more. Dan’s boxes were also featured in Disneyland in California and Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida where he was invited to display his carving talents on stage.
Between successes and disappointments, building has always been Dan’s passion. He became a licensed general contractor specializing in custom builds including cabinet and furniture design. Always looking for a more efficient way to complete a project, Dan had his “aha” moment while chalking lines alone on a roof, realizing there had to be a better way. The Snap Back Chalk Line with a releasable tip is the result of that day and is the first of many game changing products to be launched by his new company CE Tools Inc.
Dan resides in Franklin, Tennessee with his wife and two sons. Although a self-described workaholic, his passions include travelling the world and outdoor sports including skiing, snorkeling, motorcycling and ATV’s. When asked what is most important to him, he states his goal is to live a good life, listen to good music and surround himself with good people.