Dan Irvin has held several management positions and has consistently been involved in some aspect of communications in each job, which he considers to be his primary area of expertise. He has worked as a Sales and Marketing Manager for Irvin Bros. Pepsi Cola Bottling Company, news director for WIHN radio, many positions including director of public affairs for WJBC radio, and General Manager of Corporate Communications for Mitsubishi Motors. Needless to say, Dan has the experience to assist people. He has his bachelor’s degree in Humanities with a Theater major from Purdue University, then went on to receive his master’s degree at Rutgers University where he studied Theater with an emphasis on Directing and Criticism.
As a volunteer for the SBDC for two years, Dan offers a lifetime of experience in more traditional aspects of marketing, advertising, and communications. He sources and writes client success stories for the SBDC website and newsletters. Dan also consults with SBDC clients on a wide range of topics including business strategy, advertising/marketing, and availability of local resources.
Dan is passionate about the contributions of small businesses to the economy and to the fabric of our community. He says he “has such admiration for entrepreneurs and [he] has never met one [he] didn’t like or respect.” As an officer for a family-owned business for nine years, Dan has walked-the-walk when it comes to supporting small businesses. He has dealt with the same problems as other small business owners and has the experience to share what did or did not work. He enjoys collaboration and is always looking to bring businesses and organizations together for their mutual benefits.
A resident of Bloomington, Illinois since he was born, Dan has remained involved in the community. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors for United Way of McLean County, Illinois Prairie Community Foundation, and Bloomington Public Library Foundation.