Eleven months after graduating from PUC with a business administration, B.B.A and an associate’s degree in music, Dan Ganancial had to make a choice between continuing to work for an NFL team, the Arizona Cardinals, or go to work for a prestigious investment management organization firm, The Vanguard Group. “I decided to forego working in the sports-entertainment industry in order to work in the financial industry. I felt it would be more beneficial to my long-term goals, and Vanguard had a better offer on the table,” he says.
Dan is now an investment advisor representative for The Vanguard Group, which has been recognized in Business Week as one of the top 50 “Best Places to Launch a Career,” in Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work for, “ and Computerworld’s“100 Best Places to Work in IT.” Vanguard funds have also made 2007 Money Magazine’s Top 70 mutual funds and Forbes Best Buys mutual fund list.
Dan found his way to PUC via Napa Adventist Junior Academy and Monterey Bay Academy; he says PUC was simply close to home and where his friends were attending. But what he found at PUC was an education that launched him into a great job, a mentor in Lisa Bissell Paulson, and experiences that prepared him “for the mark and legacy I will leave on this world.”
If you ask Dan about PUC memories he will give you a long list. He fondly remembers performing Widor’s Symphony No. 5, Toccata on the famous Reiger Organ in the PUC church for his graduation, intramurals, being a Student Association officer (Social Vice ’02-’03 and President ’04-’05), playing counter-strike, and hanging out with friends. “You know the saying ‘It is not about the destination. It is about the journey’? Well, PUC is not the journey, but it is the vital pit stop before I embark on my journey,” says Dan. Some advice he gives to PUC students is “always believe in yourself” and “don’t ever discount the education and experiences you get at PUC” and of course “your financial education is very important in today’s economy and work-world.”
Dan says of finances, “you want to be active, not passive,” and he takes his own advice by extending it beyond his professional life into his personal life. He takes every opportunity to use his skill and knowledge of the financial world for the benefit of others – from advising to consulting others on personal finances. He has a great interest in giving back that is evident in his personal goals to join U.S. Naval Reserves, become involved in motivational/guest speaking at PUC, and get more involved in global mission outreach.
Dan has been active in achieving his goals as he has already been a guest speaker for a PUC business class and is currently the vice president/financial developer for the CAZ Foundation (www.hopeforcaz.org
) founded by his friend Natasha Ampriester. The foundation promotes awareness and provides assistance to less fortunate individuals and groups primarily in the countries whose initials make its name: Cambodia, America and Zambia.