Dan W. McGowan was born and raised in Montana. His Montana roots date back to 1917 when his grandfather established McGowan Dairy in the Helena valley. His career travels have taken him many places, but he has always called Helena, Montana home. He possesses a Bachelor’s in Communications from Carroll College and a Master’s in Security Studies (Homeland Security and Defense) from the Naval Postgraduate School.
Dan began his professional career with seven years of corporate marketing and management. In the summer of 2015, he retired from state government after 30 years of service. Dan’s areas of expertise include: administration, program execution, strategic planning, consulting, emergency planning, collaborative development, grant writing/administration, major event planning, non-profit development/coordination, and marketing. He spent 4 years as an adjunct with Eastern Kentucky University teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in Emergency Management and Homeland Security. His career is highlighted with interpersonal interactions at the local, state, tribal, federal and international levels resulting in national recognition as a leader in public service. In 2005, Dan received the Small Business Administration’s Phoenix Award for “Outstanding Contribution to Disaster Recovery by a Public Official”. Dan is a published author: Inside the Minds “The Changing Landscape of Natural Disaster Relief” & Co Author of “Integrating Emergency Management and Disaster Behavioral Health; One Picture through Two Lenses”.
Community involvement is important to Dan. He has been part of the East Helena Valley Rodeo Association since 1982. As a professional auctioneer, he has donated his time for 12-15 community benefits a year since 1994. This past 3 years, he donated his time to coordinate the largest golf tournament in the state benefiting Montana Disabled American Veterans; this year $40,000 will go directly to veterans’ needs through Disabled American Veterans, Montana Department of.
Dan’s soulmate is Carol. Together, their blended family includes Dan’s daughter (Megan) and son (Casey), Carol’s three sons (Chase, Nick, and Dustin), and Bear (their 90# Samoyed). Carol and Dan are anxiously awaiting the arrival of a new granddaughter (Dustin’s surprise). In his spare time, Dan enjoys the Montana outdoors, golf, and spending time at the family cabin on Placid Lake.