Gonser Gerber LLP, Naperville, Illinois
While continuing his role as president and CEO of Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School in Dayton, Ohio, Dan has joined Gonser Gerber to serve private secondary and elementary schools, independent schools, social service not-for-profit organizations, religious communities, Catholic dioceses, colleges, foundations, and cultural and philanthropic organizations. His area of focus includes campaign counsel, comprehensive advancement counsel, governing board development, not-for-profit CEO counsel, strategic planning, executive search, admissions, and other aspects of institutional advancement.
Advancement and Executive Experience:
Dan brings 35 years of executive leadership, sales and marketing, advancement, and Board development experience. This includes serving as the executive director of St. Vincent de Paul Stores of Dayton, where he established the organization’s first Board of Directors; director of development at his alma mater, Chaminade Julienne (CJ), where he led the first successful comprehensive campaign in school history; shareholder and president of a family owned financial services firm; and, since 2004, president and CEO of CJ, a Catholic co-ed secondary school owned and sponsored by two religious communities serving a socio-economically diverse student population. In his time as president, the school has generated more than $60 million in philanthropic support, including a comprehensive campaign from 2011-2016, to strengthen student programming, expand the school’s campus located in downtown Dayton, renovate learning facilities originally built in the 1950s and 1960s, construct new athletic facilities, and more than triple the school’s endowment.
As a client of Gonser Gerber during much of his time in leadership at CJ, Dan has gained an appreciation and admiration for the firm’s unique and successful approach to serving clients and the people impacted by the mission and ministry of those clients. He hopes to extend the Gonser Gerber approach to other organizations deeply committed to their mission and the desire to ensure the long-term vibrancy of their organizations.
As a lifelong Daytonian, Dan has worked his entire career in the downtown Dayton area and has been dedicated to helping strengthen the vibrancy of the center city that serves as the economic driver for the region. Currently, he serves as the co-chair (with the Mayor of Dayton) of the Downtown Dayton Partnership, a public-private partnership of property owners, business owners, residents, educational institutions, and city and county governments working to make downtown Dayton a better place to live, work, and visit by providing strategic planning, business development, and marketing services on behalf the region.
Education & Achievements
- B.A. Government and International Studies, University of Notre Dame
M.A. Educational Leadership, University of Dayton
Residence: Dayton, Ohio
Family: Married to Laura, two adult children and their spouses, two grandsons