We are pleased to welcome Dana Franz, our new Field Manager, to Epstein’s Construction group!
Prior to joining us, Dana was a member of the Epstein-Prestage Field Management Team as a contracted safety manager for the construction of the Prestage Foods of Iowa Pork Processing Plant in Eagle Grove, Iowa; an experience for Dana that he described as, “great people, great professionals.” He’s been involved in industrial safety for many years, and before the Prestage assignment, Dana was a senior site safety director for Fagen, Inc. for four years.
Dana graduated from Parkville College (go Pirates!) in Parkville, Missouri with a B.S. in Human Resource Development in 1985. He also completed an MBA through the University of South Dakota (go Coyotes!) in 1988. Furthermore, both degrees were completed while he was active duty for the United States Air Force. Dana is a 22-year Vietnam-era veteran, retiring in 1995 as a prior enlisted 11-year Captain. Thank you for your service, Dana!
Dana said this industry was “somewhat of a natural fit” for him upon his retirement from the Air Force.
“I developed roles similar to Dan’s (Boland, Epstein’s director of construction) vision for my role with Epstein to ensure the companies I worked for promoted a safe work environment for their employees,” he added. This required Dana to teach, train, mentor construction professionals to maximize production, efficiency, profit, client relationships while simultaneously providing the best possible care for employees.
He spent his formative years in Ann Arbor, Michigan and attended Pioneer High School.
Outside of work, it’s all about family for Dana. Here’s the rundown: Wife Sheryl, daughter Tari Mason, son-in-law Ron Mason, granddaughter Madison, 18, and grandson Robbie, 14. A few family highlights: Madison was just recently accepted to Iowa State University (congratulations!), and Tari owns a thriving coffee shop in Perry, Iowa, called Perry Perk.
He is also a very active soon-to-be 65-year-old with what he describes as “boundless energy!” Dana regularly visits a lake in south central Iowa, where he enjoys boating with family and friends. He’s also been an avid motorcyclist for over 45-years. Noteworthy: The last 40 years have been Harley Davidsons. During his Air Force career, Dana lived many places, including England, Italy and Guam.
Once again, welcome, Dana, we are thrilled you have joined the Epstein family!