Dan Albert started his successful 30+ year advertising career at Leo Burnett and its media division Starcom. In 2005, Dan joined MARC USA, first as their Chicago media director and was soon promoted to oversee MARC’s entire U.S. media operations. Dan ascended the ranks and rose to the level of Executive Vice Present and was a member of both the Starcom and MARC USA leadership teams. During Dan’s career he worked with blue chip clients including: McDonald’s, Procter & Gamble, Allstate, Kellogg, Miller Brewing, E! Entertainment TV, Reebok, ComEd, and True Value.

Dan retired from advertising in 2013 and started a consultancy called Powerful Presentations to assist corporations with improving their presentation and new business skills.

Dan holds a B.S. in journalism from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. In 2014, Dan completed an entrepreneurship certificate program at Joliet Junior College. Dan is a member of the Joliet Junior College Business Department Advisory Board.

Dan and his wife Debbie are avid theater goers in Chicago. They are season ticket holders at both the Chicago Shakespeare and Goodman Theaters and attend productions at the Steppenwolf, Victory Gardens, and the House Theatre.

Dan’s favorite Shakespeare quote is from As You Like It: “All the world's a stage,
and all the men and women merely players;
they have their exits and their entrances,
and one man in his time plays many parts.” (2.7 1037-1040) Dan believes that Shakespeare’s words, characters, and themes are as relevant today as they were over 400 years ago.

My favorite Shakespeare play is Macbeth; although I have to admit it's a challenge to pick just one. Macbeth is a bit like a 17th century version of Star Wars - - - does Macbeth join the dark side entranced by the witches? It's about good vs. evil, truth vs. dishonesty, fair vs. foul, loyalties vs. dishonor, fate vs. misfortune. It's a great play about power and temptation - - - so many parallels to society today.

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The fault, dear Brutus, lies not within the stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings. - Julius Caesar, I, ii

The course of true love never did run smooth. - A Midsummer Night's Dream, I, i

Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be morrow. - Romeo and Juliet, II, ii

There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so - Hamlet, II, ii

If music be the food of love, play on! - Twelfth Night, I, i

Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once. - Julius Caesar, II, ii

We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep. - The Tempest, IV, i

The quality of mercy is not strained; It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven Upon the place beneath. - Merchant of Venice, IV, i