Dan Drislane, b. 1959, served as a founding board member of the Anglers from 1987 – 2007. He also served as the organization’s first secretary and later vice president. Most recently, he helped the Anglers establish its new web presence.
He is an information technology and management consultant, and is president of Frontier Strategies, Inc. in Livingston, Montana. He specializes in IT strategic planning and helping organizations develop their business analyst capabilities. Prior to founding Frontier and working with Enterprise Agility, Dan served as a marketing manager at Sun Microsystems (1989-1991), and a software consultant at Digital Equipment Corporation (1982-1989). He is the author of 32 papers on information technology and professional services. As a freelance writer, he also has written on widely diverse subjects, including nine articles for The RIVERWATCH; wine and food; global positioning systems; geographic information systems; robotics; web-based auctioning; military battle planning; and manufacturing technology.
An avid fly-fisher for 30-some years, Dan was one of the original six that met in September 1986 to agree to organize the Anglers in response to widespread opposition to catch-and-release angling on the Au Sable. Since the organization’s founding in January 1987, Dan has held numerous positions within the organization, including: founding secretary (1987-1988); vice president (1988-1996); chair, Membership Committee (1990-1998); chair, Au Sable Funds2000 fundraising program (1994-1999), editor, Au Sable News & Notes (2 issues, 1988); booth coordinator, trade show events (1988-1998). Dan also served as Communications Director and chaired the Publication Committee (1998-2004). Dan has been actively involved in the Federation of Fly Fishers. He was chair of the 1988 Great Lakes Council FFF Summer Conclave (the Anglers were the host organization). He was publicity chair of the 1997 FFF International Conclave and Exposition, held in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Currently, Dan serves a board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Park and Sweet Grass Counties, and as an advisor for the Park County Friends of the Arts/Danforth Gallery, both located in Livingston, Montana. He has also served as an officer in several professional societies, including the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME). He was a recipient of the SME President’s Award (1992); Sun Microsystems Incentive Award (1989, 1990); and the Digital Equipment Corporation Software Services National Excellence Award (1988). Dan holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Union College (1982).
Born and raised in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York, he lived in Farmington Hills, Michigan, for twenty years before moving to Emigrant, Montana, in 2004. In addition to fly-fishing, his hobbies include backpacking, birding and bird hunting.