Spotlight: Dan Hickey, Executive Director & Chicago Market Lead, Jabian Consulting
Monday, July 8, 2019
Posted by: Gary Hotze
Dan Hickey, Executive Director and Chicago Market Lead, Jabian Consulting
1. Chicagoan by birth or relocation?
When my wife and I were first dating, I lived in Denver and she lived in Chicago. Ultimately, when we knew we wanted to be in the same city. We compromised…and I moved to Chicago.
2. How did you come to work with Jabian?
I joined Jabian because my philosophy on management consulting aligns very well with the firm’s culture and guiding principles. I am very excited to grow an existing brand in my home market, take our offerings to Chicago clients, and attract top local consulting talent to the Jabian Way.
3. What about Jabian was appealing?
The opportunity to establish a new office in my hometown was very exciting, especially doing so for such a purpose-driven company. I love the unique mix of responsibilities ranging from market and business development and community involvement, to recruiting and overseeing client delivery.
Finally, getting off the road to spend more time with my family and developing professional relationships locally was a really nice benefit. Jabian has a no travel, local model. The Chicago office will only serve clients throughout Chicagoland, meaning our consultants don’t have to travel for work.
4. What other roles have you held in the industry? How did they lead you to where you are now?
I spent more than 12 years with Deloitte and learned more than I could have ever imagined about business and about management consulting. My relationships and experiences there laid the foundation for my new role in establishing Jabian in a new market and leading the Chicago office.
5. Out of all the positions you've held, which one is the most interesting?
Caddying. I loved getting to meet so many people and spend time with them while they were doing something they enjoyed. You learn a lot about them and a lot of great life lessons about how (and how not) to treat people.
6. What did you want to be when you were in kindergarten?
I wanted to be a running back for the Denver Broncos… or an attorney. I had no idea what the latter meant, I just knew that my father was an attorney and that he played a lot of golf.
7. What’s the best advice that you’ve ever received?
If you’re not having a little fun, what’s the point…
8. What is the one thing that keeps you up at night?
Rain on the poorly placed skylight right above my bed.
9. What is the coolest thing you’ve developed or project you’ve worked on?
I’ve worked on several large divestitures over the course of my career and love the challenge and resulting satisfaction of essentially standing up new companies that had to operate completely independently at some pre-determined moment in time.
10. If money was no object, what would your dream job be?
11. This one is all you! Tell us anything. Any topic at all.
My buddy told his girlfriend that she drew her eyebrows too high. She seemed surprised.