Dan is a partner at Tercera. He and Tercera’s founder, Chris Barbin, have worked together for the better part of 20 years at four different companies, including nearly eight years at Appirio. At Appirio, Dan managed corporate development and legal, through seven acquisitions, five rounds of financing, and expansion into several international markets. He also is advisor to and/or Board member of several companies, including technology consultancies and a tequila distiller.
What makes you tick?
My father was a lawyer and my mother was a pianist, so I ended up majoring in music theory and going to law school. I knew my career would have nothing to do with music theory, but I had a professor in college who changed my life, and I just wanted to take whatever courses he offered. I also knew I never wanted to be a “real” lawyer, but considered working in congress and running for office. I’m also really close to my family. My siblings and I — all the kids, partners, and parents included — have Sunday dinner together every week.
Why are you so passionate about helping people-based businesses?
What we accomplished with Appirio was the most fun, challenging, and rewarding professional experience of my career. I see Tercera as another chance to work with leaders of other services companies and help them create similar meaningful experiences and success.
What is a company you really admire and why?
Wegmans. I was born and raised in Rochester, which is the home of Wegmans. I admire it because it’s family run, absolutely beloved, and consistently ranks as a great place to work. Everyone loves it — employees and customers.