Dan Happel is a 4th generation Montanan, born and raised in the Gallatin Valley. Dan is a retired businessman living on a ranch near Pony, Montana with his wife Ingrid, has 3 children, and 4 grandchildren of whom he is especially proud.
Dan graduated Summa Cum Saude in Architectural Technology from Western Technical College and, after graduation, volunteered for the draft and served as an Architect in Training to the District Facilities Engineer, Headquarters Company, U.S. Army, at Fort Mcnair in Washington D.C. from 1971-1973.
After discharge Dan worked as an Architectural Designer while continuing his education at Montana State University and the University of Colorado in Planning, Public Administration and Economics. He founded and managed several successful Design-Build Commercial Construction Companies, including Happel & Associates, currently working in 11 states.
He returned to Montana in 1996 and continues as an active community member having served as a County Commissioner in Madison County, and is currently serving as the Montana State GOP Finance Chair, a Trustee on: The United Precious Metals Association, the Montana Forest Owners Association, Harrison Fire Board, the Montana Forest Stewardship Foundation, Chairman of the Montana Forest Stewardship Steering Committee, and became 1 of only 2 Montana Master Forest Stewards in 2012 through the MSU/UM Extension Forestry Program and was recently appointed to the Western Montana BLM Resource Advisory Council.
Dan is also a member of Major General Paul Vallely's Kitchen Cabinet for Stand Up America, is a member of, and featured in, G. Edward Griffin's Freedom Force International Hall of Honor, Serves on the Freedom Force International Leadership Council, has been a Research Assistant, Associate/Executive Producer on six James Jaeger Documentary movies featuring Congressman Ron Paul, Dr. Edwin Vieira, G. Edward Griffin, Pat Buchanan among others, and is featured in Midnight Ride, Jaeger's latest documentary movie scheduled for release late this year.
Dan has traveled extensively and is a frequent speaker on a number of crucially important and controversial subjects: UN Agenda 21; The History of Progressive Socialism in America; Money, Banking and the Federal Reserve System; and Life, Liberty and Property - The Cornerstones of Freedom; having developed several highly regarded PowerPoint programs on these subjects. Dan also teaches U.S. Constitution classes for various groups around Montana and has provided technical assistance on legislative bills for a number of Montana State Legislators for the past 8 years. "Providing well-researched information and education that emphasizes liberty and the true meaning of the American dream will attract freedom loving Americans to our cause and can help restore America" stated Dan.