Daniel moved with his wife from Seattle, WA to Northwest Arkansas in late 2004, where he had previously been working with the national marketing firm Pyramid Communications. While in Seattle, he also worked for the Downtown Seattle YMCA, founding an all-ages music venue that booked numerous of acts from around the country and a downtown art gallery that mentored emerging artists.
He worked for two years as a professional specialist at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza School of Business, helping integrate theatre and experienced based teaching techniques in the undergraduate, graduate and the Executive MBA programs. He has worked as both arts integration specialist and consultant with theatre companies, art museums and school districts throughout Wisconsin, Washington and Arkansas. He also helped launch the Fayetteville, Arkansas based professional theatre company Theatre Squared in 2004.
Over the past eight years, he has focused primarily on merging innovative urban planning concepts and experience design to transform community relationships with their downtown districts. Prior to his current position with Downtown Bentonville, Inc., he served as executive director of Fayetteville Downtown Partners. While there, the organization developed Arkansas’ first civically created Cultural Arts District, founded the Fayetteville Arts Council and established the Fayetteville’s Public Art Policy. Fayetteville Downtown Partners also helped efforts to adopt the Downtown Fayetteville Master Plan, which rezoned over 340 acres to guide future downtown development . In 2007, the organization successfully advocated for changes in Arkansas’ Business Improvement District legislation to expand funding for the arts as an economic development tool. He joined Downtown Bentonville, Inc. in 2008 as executive director to help forward the revitalization efforts in the 1,765 acres of the Bentonville downtown district.
A published author and poet, Daniel also worked for several years in the restaurant industry as both line and sous chef at restaurants throughout the United States. In 2008, he earned an internationally competitive slot in an Experience Economy Expert certification program taught by renowned economists Joe Pine and Jim Gilmore, whose seminal work on emerging global economic trends was identified by TIME Magazine as one of the top ten ideas changing the world. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Bentonville/Bella Vista Chamber of Commerce and serves on the advisory board for the Northwest Arkansas Community College Culinary Program. He holds a BFA-Film from the University of Colorado-Boulder.