10 UNDER 40: Dan Scott

Vice president of operations, Citizens Community Credit Union

What sparked your interest in your career path?

I have always been pretty good with numbers so it seemed like a natural fit, but more so it’s the Credit Union structure and the “people helping people” philosophy. Credit Unions are not-for-profit, member- owned, financial cooperatives, so everything we do is with our members at the top of mind and that’s something I am proud to be a part of.

What’s the best advice you ever received?

This is recent advice and I’m doing my best to make it a habit. “Celebrate your successes no matter how big or small they are.” Life gets busy so it becomes easy to move from one item to the next, or minimize the importance of things. Be sure and take the time to recognize crossing a finish line or hitting a milestone, whether it be personal or professional.

What motivates you to give back to your community?

This is home. This is where my wife and I grew up and this is where our kids are growing up, so I want it to be the best version of Fort Dodge that it can be for everyone.

What community project that you were involved in are you most proud of and why?

Helping Katie Averill with the Joy of Reading. It is very inspirational that she was able to take a tragic event and use it as motivation for something so positive for the young children in our community. She is an amazing person and I’m so fortunate to call her a friend.

Who are your heroes?

This list starts with my parents. I appreciate, now more than ever, the sacrifices they made for me throughout my childhood. Always making sure I had everything I “needed” especially when it came to my basketball-related activities. I also have to mention my brother David. I couldn’t have asked for a better role model growing up.

What’s on your bucket list?

Attending a Duke basketball game at Cameron Indoor Arena while Mike Krzyzewski “Coach K” is still there.

What would you like to share about your family and/or hobbies?

I have the privilege of calling Kim and Dave my parents as one of their four children. I’ve been married to my wife Ashley, aka “Supermom,” for 11 years and we have three boys: 
Layton, Cayson and Lincoln.
I also have the best in-laws anyone could ask for, Mike and Shelly Mehan.


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