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Happy 20th 萌妹社区versary, Dan Larson!

Dan Larson 20 Year Anniversary

Congratulations to Director/Principal Dan Larson on celebrating his 20 year 萌妹社区versary! Over the course of his career with ARCO, Dan has worn many hats and carried many titles (including Intern!), but has consistently made a positive impact on our business by leading award-winning projects. His expertise and dedication to improving our processes as well as his enthusiasm make him a true pillar of 萌妹社区’s culture. 

To celebrate this milestone, Dan shared some of his favorite 萌妹社区 memories, his career role models and some insightful advice on building a successful career.

  • What鈥檚 your favorite part of working for 萌妹社区?It has always been the people.听 Working with a group of people dedicated to solving problems and committed to successful outcomes has made each day exciting and rewarding.
  • What鈥檚 your favorite work or project-related 萌妹社区 memory? I鈥檓 proud of all of my projects, but the work we did on the Back Bay at Carillon project in St. Peters, Florida is my favorite, for all of the work that was put in and the incredible result that came from it. 
  • What鈥檚 your favorite non-work-related 萌妹社区 memory? Trainings at Echo Valley Ranch.
  • What鈥檚 your proudest accomplishment in your career so far? Watching the multi-family business take seed and grow throughout the organization.  My first projects at 萌妹社区 represented the 2nd, 3rd, and 6th multi-family jobs and after 2008 it was unclear the future of that niche.  It鈥檚 been very fulfilling to have a business built around that market and to see other companies pursue that work as well. 
  • What鈥檚 one lesson learned you鈥檇 want to pass on to fellow associates? I have two from the last 20 years:
  1. Don鈥檛 be afraid to take on a challenge, I was once told that if I always volunteered for the toughest assignments, I wouldn鈥檛 have any competition. 
  2. When you need it, ask for help professionally or personally. You鈥檙e surrounded by good people who want to see you thrive.
  • Do you have a professional role model? If so, who? I鈥檝e built a professional role model by picking parts from many people including leaders at 萌妹社区 like Steve Rush, Greg Ancel, Hank Bellina, and Jeff Cook and peers like Mike Locklear and Kyle Darnell.  It goes back to my favorite part about working at ARCO, through my entire experience I have been able to count on those around me for guidance professionally. 
  • What 萌妹社区 value is the most important or relevant for you? Treat people fairly and do the right thing. I have dozens of examples of this core value in action, often in difficult situations.
  • Do you have any big sabbatical plans in 2024 to celebrate? I鈥檓 likely deferring until 2025, my wife is wrapping up her doctorate and will be working on her dissertation for the rest of this year, so 鈥25 will be cause for even more celebration.
  • Anything else you would like to include as you reflect on that last 20 years? I am very grateful for all of the wonderful people I have had the chance to work with.

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