Team Member: Dan Feeley, Due Diligence
Team Member Since: December 2018
What’s your favorite thing to do in Austin?
Playing Spikeball at Zilker Park
What are your favorite reads?
I’m a big fantasy nerd, so “The Stormlight Archive” by Brandon Sanderson is currently at the top.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Late-night Honey Butter Chicken Biscuits from Whataburger
What’s your favorite quote?
“An elephant for a nickel is a good deal if you need an elephant and have a nickel.” – Unknown
What do you do to relax?
I have a giant sectional couch and a comfortable ottoman so when I’m feeling ambitious in my relaxation, I push them together to make Super Couch™. This is usually where you can find me on Sundays.
Where would you like to travel?
I really enjoy going to the National Parks; next up is Zion.
If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who should be cast as you?
Chris Pratt as Andy Dwyer as me
What’s on your bucket list?
- Becoming part-owner of a brewery
- Getting a scuba license
- Learning kung-fu from a Shaolin Monk
What did you want to be when you were a child?
NBA player, closely followed by firefighter – I wanted to follow in my dad’s footsteps (he was in the FDNY for 20 years before he retired).
What do you enjoy most about ML&R?
I love the variety that comes with working in the transaction advisory space. Each deal is likely to bring something that I haven’t seen before.
What does work-life balance mean to you? How does ML&R facilitate work-life balance?
Work-life balance is all about communication and accountability. If I need to be home for an appointment or I need to leave early for a dinner, all I need to do is let people know. As long as I am able to get my work done, it doesn’t matter when, how, or where it happens.
As an example, I asked Lathrop if I could take a flexible vacation last August. I wanted to go on vacation to Block Island, RI for a week, but I didn’t want to use 40 hours of vacation time to do it. We worked out a deal where I was able to work remote in the mornings as needed (usually about 3-4 hours) and I would have the afternoons to relax and go to the beach. It worked out perfectly where I finished all the high priority work and I was able to enjoy a week away. We’ve already discussed doing the same thing this year!
What makes ML&R a “Best Place to Work”?
To become the best place to work, you need a combination of a lot of factors all coming together to create that Goldilocks effect. At this point in my career, my top priority is to be challenged and feel like I’m continuously growing. Luckily, our due diligence group is growing tremendously and there is something unique that comes with each deal we work on. You also need great people to build a great culture; ML&R has attracted many talented, hilarious, and wonderful professionals that I look forward to spending 40 hours a week with. Lastly, you need great leadership and ownership at all levels. I love that the partners are always looking for ways to improve MLR. They continuously ask for input from all levels and truly take our suggestions to heart, adapting to the needs of a growing firm.