Denamico is excited to welcome Account Executive, Dan Larson to the team! With a background in sales and strategy, Dan is ready to hit the ground running while drinking his morning coffee out of a pretty cool cup. ☕
Before working at Denamico, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
At a young age, I worked in road construction for Hennepin County. It was some long hours and hard manual work but I think it was good for me. It built me up to take on hard challenges in other areas of my life and taught me to work hard.
How do you balance your career at Denamico and your family?
Balancing family and work is always a challenge, but I really try to keep my promises of when I will be home and communicate clear expectations of how much/when I will need to work.
I like to be present when I get home. I lock in on what we are doing and what my wife is saying by putting down my phone. I also try to remind myself that worrying about things like work when you’re at home is like being in a rocking chair – it gives you something to do but doesn’t get you anywhere.
If you could switch your job with anyone else within Denamico, whose job would you want?
If I could switch for like a day, I might like to switch with our CEO, Brendon. I think it would be really interesting to do the podcast he is working on and interview people from all areas of business – it looks like he has fun doing it!
What do you like most about Denamico?
The thing I like most about Denamico is the great team. I know that sounds cliché but everyone is really great and we have an awesome mix of personalities here. The coffee maker is pretty top-notch, too.
Where would you like to go on a dream vacation?
My dream vacation would be to go to Japan, and I’m talking about feudal Japan. Although I would like to see the bigger cities, I really want to see the rich history of the samurai and the architecture there. A must-see would also be the beautiful wisteria/cherry trees.
What is the greatest challenge you have had to overcome in your life thus far?
The greatest challenge in my life thus far is losing my grandmother and mother within three years of each other. I was raised by these two amazing women and lost them when I was 18-21 years old. It has challenged me in many ways but has also made me stronger and taught me a lot.
Where is your favorite place to eat?
One of my favorite restaurants is GIanni’s Steakhouse in Wayzata. I love a good steak and their spun salad is amazing. I don’t get there very often but when I do, I enjoy every minute!
What is your hidden talent?
Honestly, I’m not too bad at pottery. I can throw bowls, mugs, and other things on the wheel as well as hand-build a lot of cool things.
I actually collect pottery mugs from famous potters. Take a peek at what I’m drinking my coffee out of in the office and it is most likely a professionally done pottery mug!