Dan moved to Boulder County in 1984 continuing an executive career in the high tech industry. In 1990, he left high tech to start a family business and purchased his first hardware store at 17th & Main in Longmont. The family still owns and operates that store today as Ace Hardware Longmont. He has served on the board of Ace Hardware Corporation as well as numerous community and nonprofit boards, he is a member of the Longmont Rotary Club, and is the current Chair of the Longmont United Hospital Board. Dan and his wife, Karen, live in Longmont and have two children and two grandchildren.