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Dan Swanson

CPA | Manager

Dan Swanson, Manager at Cray Kaiser, has accounting in his blood. In the Swanson family, you’re either a teacher or an accountant. And lucky for us, he chose accounting. Growing up surrounded by CPAs, Dan learned that accounting is about more than numbers and money. It’s about listening. Dan likes to sit back and let his clients do the talking so he can absorb as much as possible about their needs, goals and history. He combines this with detailed research to create a universal view of his clients’ businesses, making him the go-to guy for client questions.

After graduating from Carroll University with a degree in accounting, Dan started his career as a staff accountant at K-Five Construction. While Dan values his experience at K-Five and continues to work with clients in the construction industry, he finds the variety and challenge of public accounting a better match for his skills and expertise. According to Dan, with public accounting, you never know what your day will bring.

With Cray Kaiser, Dan found a firm that fits him like a glove. He builds close relationships with the owners of many family-owned and closely-held businesses. Dan is involved full circle, completing, for example, audits, company returns and owners’ returns. Not only does this make the work more interesting for Dan, it also allows him to see the whole picture and provide unique insight into how to best help his clients. Less important but quite enviable, Dan values the 5-minute commute from his Oakbrook Terrace home to the Cray Kaiser offices (10 minutes if he hits every red light).


Dan is a member of the Illinois CPA Society and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

The Lighter Side

Near & dear: Dan and his wife Mary Catherine have two sons, Benjamin and Zachariah.
When he isn’t working: If the sun is up, Dan is outside with his boys shooting hoops in the driveway, kicking a soccer ball around in the backyard or playing driveway hockey.
Favorite movie: Dan’s favorite movies run the gamut from Sandlot to Shawshank Redemption.
Advice to new dads: Don’t think twice about taking time off when your babies are born. You never get that time back. Oh, and learn how to change diapers: it’s time to step up to the plate!