After growing up in Cold Spring MN, then earning a Bachelor’s in Economics at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, Dan landed his first sales and marketing job with USSTC (now Altria Group) focused on growing the brands of well-known tobacco and wine brands.
Dan moved to Chicago to crunch numbers as a Sales Analyst for USSTC and confirmed his love for mixing data and marketing with sales. Next, he moved his family back to MN and stepped in as the General Manager at a Coors Franchise, successful growing sales and market share. In 2008, Dan started at Leighton Broadcasting as the Digital Sales Manager and started Leighton Interactive in 2009 at the age of 28.
In the last 10 years, Dan and the team at Leighton Interactive have created a full-service marketing agency under the Parent Company, Leighton Enterprises, Inc. The agency has been recognized as a Top 100 Best Places to Work in MN, is a HubSpot Platinum Partner, and has hauled in dozens of awards as a premier results-focused marketing firm.
Dan serves as President of Leighton Interactive (LI) and a member of the Board of Directors.
Forever a student in marketing and sales, Dan is known for seeing the big picture and creatively solving problems for growth. His motto “get better every day” is part of the culture of continuous improvement at Leighton Interactive.
Dan lives in Cold Spring, MN with his wife Jessica and children Matthew, Nathan, Andrew and Eliana.