Dan Nilsen


Dan Nilsen
Founder & Owner

In 1997, Dan Nilsen founded Bishop-McCann as a game changer in the meetings, incentives, and events industry. Dan saw the opportunity to build a company on the foundation that value is created by “treating others the way they want to be treated”—a practice that his mentor, Ewing Marion Kauffman, inspired during the first 10 years of Dan’s career. At Marion Laboratories, Dan experienced first-hand the “value of value” from Kauffman.

“Our values-based culture consists of a team who is passionate about strategic and transformative relationships. We’re uniquely positioned because we emphasize the value of personal connections while devoting the resources to create inspiring experiences and deliver exceptional results.”

In 2014, Bishop-McCann was named the “Small Business of the Year,” and Dan was included in the inaugural class of “Rising Stars of Philanthropy” in Kansas City. In 2010, he was awarded the NGLCC/Wells Fargo “Business Owner of the Year” from the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.

Bishop-McCann was recognized as one of the largest and most influential agencies in North America by Corporate Meetings & Incentives Magazine’s CMI 25 from 2007 to 2019.

Bishop-McCann dedicates resources every year to making the world a better place, and as founder and chairman of the board, Dan leads the organization’s community give-back efforts through the Just Right Projects. Bishop-McCann and Dan have invested deeply in issues of youth, health, and the arts.

When not working with clients on their programs and campaigns, Dan enjoys spending time with his three daughters Kristina, Bliss, and Ali.