President and CEO
Donald A. “Dan” Danner was named president and CEO of the National Federation of Independent Business, the nation’s leading small business association, in February, 2009. Danner is only the sixth president in the history of the organization.
Before rising to the top spot, Danner was executive vice president, overseeing NFIB’s federal and state public policy and political activities as well as the organization’s three 501 (c) 3 operations: the Research Foundation, Small Business Legal Center and the Young Entrepreneur Foundation. He came to NFIB in 1993 as vice president of the NFIB Education Foundation (now known as the Young Entrepreneur Foundation) and was named vice president of federal public policy in 1995.
Previously, he was chief of staff to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. Danner also worked in the White House Office of Public Liaison, where he was special assistant to the president and deputy director of the department. Before joining the White House staff, Danner was an executive with Armco Inc., a steel manufacturing company. He held leadership positions in sales and marketing, as well as state and federal lobbying on issues such as energy, environment, taxes and trade. He also served four years as vice president of federal relations at George Mason University.
A native of Middletown, Ohio, Danner holds an MBA degree from Xavier University and an electrical engineering degree from Purdue University
He and his wife Bekki have three children and live in Arlington, Va.
Columns from the President
- NFIB's Danner: Small Business Is Finally on OffenseFor the previous six years, small business has been forced to defend against one threat after another. Now we're driving the agenda and making progress.
- NFIB's Dan Danner: Small Business Issues Below the HeadlinesIt's a busy time in Washington, but you can find comfort in knowing NFIB is on the front lines fighting on your behalf.
- NFIB's Dan Danner: A Bright Beginning for Congress in 2015Both the House and Senate have already begun to pass legislation that will boost the economy and fortify small business.
- NFIB Introduces Your Small Business PlaybookNeed a better business game plan in 2015? NFIB's Small Business Playbook enewsletter has you covered.
- Senate Races Tighten, NFIB Certified Candidate Need Your VotesThis November 4 vote for NFIB's Small Business Certified Candidates to ensure Main Street's Voice.
- Give Tomorrow's Entrepreneurs a "Leg Up" with NFIB's Young Entrepreneur AwardsSupport a young business owner in your community and encourage them to apply for our Young Entrepreneur Award. You can also become a nominator or donate to our foundation dedicated to entrepreneurs and free enterprise.
- NFIB "Small Business Certified" Campaign Sweeps Away Politicians' Smoke and MirrorsNow that elections are near, NFIB's Vote for Main Street Campaign can help you decipher how candidates really feel about small business.
- Caution: These Water Hazards Could Sink Your Small BusinessThe administration and its various agencies are once again trying to implement regulations that will drain small businesses of precious resources. The Environmental Protection Agency is manipulating the Clean Water Act to turn standing water into a proclaimed water hazard which they can regulate and levy fines. Let your voice be heard against this matter on November 4 and stand up for your rights and free enterprise.
- Want a Fair and Honest Tax Code? It Can be DoneDeciphering the tax code is already a difficult task without the added responsibility of running your own business. Simplifying the tax code and offering sensible improvements to small-business owners would help stimulate Main Street and give business owners like yourself the opportunity to do what you do best—run your business.
- Young Entrepreneurs Honored, Determined to Persevere Despite Government ChallengesThis year the Young Entrepreneur Foundation awards two high school students with scholarships for their entrepreneurial endeavors.