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Chris Dana

External Integrations and Business Development Manager, Vermeer Corporation

Location: Pella, Iowa
RAR Facilitator Since: 2015

Gary Vermeer once said "There's got to be a better way", and that's a philosophy we follow to this day at Vermeer Corporation. Apply this same attitude towards your remodeling company, continually strive for improvement and celebrate your wins!

Areas of Expertise

Strategic Planning
Lean Practices
Financial Analysis
Out-of-the-Box Thinking
Personal Growth

Professional background

While not an actual remodeler, I did swing a hammer my last 2 years of college, restoring historic clay tile, slate, and copper roofs. 

This led me to my first out-of-college job with Pella Corporation in Pella, Iowa. During my 10 years with Pella, I was able to experience opportunities in manufacturing, logistics, continuous improvement, distribution, and marketing.

While after 10 years I opted to depart the Pella organization, my career with Vermeer Corporation keeps me close to the industry. 

Our Vermeer utility product ensures utilities are readily available to any job-site, and I love getting pictures from RA members of Vermeer brush chippers, stump cutters, and mini skid steers on their jobsites!

Personal Life

My wife Andrea and I live in Pella, along with our 2 kids (Anderson and Leilani). 

Andrea is the Executive Director of the Iowa State Dance Team Association, overseeing the largest State-level dance competition in the Nation. 

Anderson loves almost any sport, particularly golf, basketball, and football. Leilani follows in her mom’s footsteps, with her passion for dance. In addition, she rides American Saddlebred horses competitively.

Outside of work, I enjoy “hobby farming” with my father-in-law, helping him manage approximately 450 acres of corn and soybeans not far from Pella.



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