Executive Profile

Dan Halvorson

Dan Halvorson

Minneapolis Office

Dan brings a unique combination of entrepreneurship and corporate leadership to his position as an Investment Banker at CFA. In 1999 Dan acquired a manufacturing/distribution company providing proprietary tools and accessories to the golf industry. Over the next 13 years, Dan acquired two additional complementary companies and integrated them into his operation. During his ownership, Dan developed and launched 17 new products and significantly expanded the product lines for the distribution side of his business. In late 2012 Dan sold his company to a larger strategic buyer.

Dan began his career at Cargill, the largest privately held company in the world, and for 19 years progressed through a variety of trading/senior management positions. Prior to leaving Cargill to acquire his own company, Dan was Cargill’s Export Feed Grains Manager, leading a matrixed international team trading over $1 billion annually. He directed feed grain exports from U.S. ports to global destinations, developing expertise in risk management, international logistics, as well as honing very sharp negotiating skills.

Dan applies his years of operational experience along with his success in acquiring, running, growing and selling his own companies, to his client work as a mergers and acquisitions advisor. He understands first-hand what company owners are going through as they contemplate what might be a once in a lifetime transaction. Dan is a proven strategist, collaborator and problem solver, dedicated to facilitating the best outcome for his clients.

Dan currently serves as a member of the Business Advisory Group for the University of Minnesota Office for Technology Commercialization - Venture Center, a business incubator focused on creating startup companies based on technology developed at the University.