Dan Merchant is CDE’s VP of Business Analytics. Dan first got involved at CDE as a teen, way back in the early days of the company, by helping out and handling tasks like folding boxes, building desks, etc. He obtained a degree from Georgia Tech and for over 20 years, Dan managed large, complex commercial construction projects, with companies including Turner Broadcasting and the CDC. When the opportunity arose to work at CDE in business analytics, Dan was excited to use his problem solving and logistical skills in a new way, and jumped right in.
Dan says that he thrives on opportunities to continue learning and identifying, then solving complex problems – whether physical, logistical, or business-related. Since there is never a shortage of complex situations in the payments industry, the payments industry was particularly interesting to Dan. During his time at CDE, he’s been instrumental in ensuring the company is PCI compliant, improving operations, researching and implementing new technology, and more.
Over the years, Dan has seen the payments industry change a great deal and he says that he’s excited for technology to continue evolving. Although the rapid change can be scary at times, Dan says he welcomes the challenge of implementing new and scalable solutions.
In his spare time, Dan enjoys spending time with his wife of 20 years and 12-year-old twin daughters. He loves outdoor activities like camping, backpacking, rock climbing, and even 4×4 off-roading.