My name is Dan McDow. I’m a small business owner, father, grandfather, husband, and friend. I decided to get more involved in our community after my wife passed away several years ago. I wanted to give back to the community what was given to me, so I joined several local community non-profit organizations. I am currently in my second term on the West Melbourne Parks & Recreation Board and I am ready to take on more responsibility. This community involvement has led me to the decision to run for West Melbourne City Council in 2020.
I want to help build tomorrow’s city today. Our current strategic plan is over 10 years old and it’s time for a new course of action to support city growth and economic stability. I want Parks & Recreation with emphasis on supporting special needs for our citizens. Our plan must include innovative sustainability solutions such as clean water, clean air, waste management, and recycling.
We all know that unprecedented challenges are in front of us. I feel prepared to help our city work through this crisis. Together we can position West Melbourne to be in a better place at the end of the crisis than it was when it began.
As a small business owner and homeowner I know how expensive health care and housing can be. I want you to know how much I support providing access to affordable health care and affordable housing. Together we can do this by growing businesses in our community and enabling a diverse tax base while providing good paying jobs.
I will be DILIGENT in my efforts to seek out the best solutions while hearing all perspectives. And I am DETERMINED to follow through on the commitments I make.
My goal is to be helpful in leading our city into the next decade and I need your help by supporting my campaign. Most importantly, I need your vote for the West Melbourne City Council.
With warmest regards,
Dan was born in Chicago into a large Irish-Catholic family. After high school, he enrolled at the Catholic Health Allied Health Sciences Program-University of St. Louis, where he completed his certification in Professional Healthcare Management (CPHM). Dan is also a graduate of Georgetown University’s Executive Program in Healthcare Management. Dan is a family man, businessman and entrepreneur. Married for 30 years to his high school sweetheart, Louise, they raised two children together and have seven grandkids. Louise lost her battle with cancer in 2010 shortly after moving to Florida. Dan has been married to Bill McKay of Baltimore since 2016.
Dan held executive supply chain positions in the mid-west before relocating to Melbourne. He has received awards for his leadership in Sustainability & Innovation from international corporations such as Service Master, Waste Management of North America, and Kimberly-Clarke International. He has been featured in numerous articles including Forbes and the Journal of Healthcare for his focus on eco-friendly solutions and supply chain cost reduction.
In the last seven years, Dan has been focused on giving back to the community, volunteering with non-profit organizations and serving on community boards. In 2018, he was appointed to the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board which includes the Field of Dreams Special Needs Complex by the West Melbourne City Council, and was elected Chair in 2020. His commitment to the community led him to his decision to run for city council.
Dan loves this city and has a plan!
Supporting and/or Mentoring organizations
- American Red Cross
- Addiction Recovery
- Autism on the Seas (AoTS)
- American Cancer Society
Held executive positions in Finance/Logistics in the Midwest before relocating to Florida in 2010. Logistics Executive with Better Homes & Gardens and GM & VP Supply Chain – HealthCare Organizations in Chicago, Kansas City and Des Moines and most recently here in Florida. Before accepting the VP Supply Chain in Florida he held the position of Chief Operating Officer of Consolidated Services of Iowa, LLC ($300+ Million in annual sales volumes). Owned Multi-Million Construction Business (Closed in 2016).
- Own and operate small local healthcare business.
- VP Development - Chicago Start-Up (Block-Chain; AI- Robotics Software Focus).