With almost 20 years of accounting, finance, and auditing experience, Daniel brings a wealth of knowledge to the Director of Finance position. Daniel recently joined the museum in May 2023 and is excited about working with the team to help continue its record as a premiere cultural and natural history museum and to help take it to a new level.
Daniel started his career as a financial statement auditor and tax preparer with the accounting firm Galusha, Higgins & Galusha (now Wipfli) in Missoula, where he worked with a variety of for-profit and non-profit organizations. His experience auditing various aspects of the University of Montana helped lead to his role as the Director of Audit Services at Montana State University, where he worked for over a decade. During his time at MSU Audit Services, he developed varied experiences and skills, including people and project management, process improvement, policy development, and IT auditing. After a brief stint overseeing a bookkeeping service line for a startup, he’s now happy to be in a financial leadership role for the museum.
Daniel grew up in various smaller towns in Alabama before spending his formative years in the state’s capital, Montgomery. He moved to Jackson Hole right after undergrad in 2000, supposedly for the summer, but has lived in various parts out west after falling for the mountains. Daniel got his Master of Professional Accounting from the University of Washington in Seattle before moving to Missoula and has lived in Montana ever since.
Daniel likes to spend his free time with his wife and two teenagers, and he either goes skiing (Bridger Bowl or backcountry), mountain biking, or camping almost every weekend of the year (except for a few spent working on projects to keep his 1920s house in order).