DAN COONEY

The LinkedIn version of me is here and some highlights below!

 

But the most important part of my bio is that I'm a grateful husband to Kate and father to Henry and Owen. We are blessed with a good life and we thank the universe every day for it.

 

My professional writing can be found here and my personal writing can be found here.

November 1, 1990

"Tulsa World Headline “Fundraising Phenomenon Asset to Walters Campaign” The first sentence reads, “In an election year that is breaking records for campaign spending in Oklahoma, a 25-year-old Irish whiz kid from Massachusetts is setting new standards”.

 

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This campaign was a formative experience. I have never worked so hard for so long. After serving on two losing Presidential Campaigns, it was good to be part of a winning team. David Walters was a special candidate but it wasn’t all roses. I wish “Whiz kid” had stuck as a nickname but I did learn the fundamentals of fundraising and the power of a motivated volunteer cohort.

 

September, 1993

University of North Carolina Accounting Professor Joe Bylinksi explains the difference between debits and credits (and what it means) to this liberal arts major. A whole new world of capitalism opens up. If you are in business, you don't have to go to business school but you can't be afraid of the numbers.

 

December 10, 1998

I joined (Mark Cuban’s) Broadcast.com as employee 106 just a few months after their historic IPO. I was very late to the party but wow, I’d take that ride again. I learned what it means to be a quota carrying salesperson. Professional salespeople often get paid well but they don't get near enough credit for the subtlety of their craft. I sold into Fidelity Investments, General Electric, The Department of State, The World Bank and Maxim Magazine. I know, so 1999!

 

January 14, 2008

At US Sailing, we negotiated the first US Olympic Sailing Team title sponsorship with AlphaGraphics. It turned out to be the first-ever title sponsor by any of the National Governing Bodies under the aegis of The United States Olympic Committee. We created an entirely new commercial engine for the athletes. We modeled that engine on what the British Sailing Team were doing. That experience trained me to be intentional about looking for models of innovation hiding in plain sight.

 

April 24, 2012

When AlphaGraphics exercised a change of control clause just a few months prior to the 2012 London Games, we were able to sign Sperry Top-Sider to a more lucrative deal in less than 90 days. When the squall hits, keep calm, work like mad and carry on.

 

July 18, 2018

Prior to joining The Latimer Group, I don’t think I had given a presentation that had lasted much longer than an hour. On a warm Wednesday in Connecticut, I stood up and facilitated for seven hours. It was the first of over 100 workshops I would lead from Atlanta to San Diego. I loved every minute of it - the energy of meeting and collaborating with participants, the thrill of learning something new every day and the opportunity to be of service. That first group was special and the note below fed my to desire to make facilitation a permanent part of my work and to fueled me to up my game. I'm proud to continue to work with The Latimer Group because great communications skills can change the world! Here's the note.

 

Fellow communicators,

I just wanted to send a quick note and thank everyone for a great workshop. I truly believe that the experience was exceptional due to the outstanding leadership from Dan as a facilitator and a tremendous group of people that were humble, hard-working, and smart. This was one of the best training experiences I have had in my career.

Brett