About Dan

Introducing Mr. Dan Maddux

Dan Maddux is a bold entrepreneur with a strong aesthetic sense, a flair for design, and a passion for creating memorable events. Throughout his career, he has created environments where people and business can thrive and grow.

Dan speaks to a crowd

His Beginnings

Dan grew up in Kansas City, Missouri, and left for New York City at age 16 with $200 in his pocket. In pursuit of an acting career, he entered the American Academy of Dramatic Arts where he explored art, interior design, and architecture. Upon graduation in 1982, Dan became the first employee of the newly formed American Payroll Association. Over the next 10 years he would rise through the ranks, ultimately becoming executive director.

Coming full circle, Dan applies his artistic passion to create all kinds of possibilities for theater, art, events and entertainment to interact with the business world.


His Leadership

Through Dan’s leadership, today’s APA has a publishing division, nationally acclaimed payroll-training centers in Las Vegas and San Antonio, and a government relation’s office in Washington, D.C.

The APA now has more than 23,000 members, more than 150 local chapters, and a staff of nearly 100. More than 21,000 payroll professionals participate in APA education programs and seminars every year. As a leading expert in his field, Dan is frequently quoted in the news media on leadership, management, marketing, and event planning.

His Other Titles and Interests

In addition to being the American Payroll Association's executive director, Dan is also:

  • CEO of MEET Las Vegas.
  • Founder, designer, and developer of Formidables©.
  • Graduate of American Academy of Dramatic Arts as a Technical Theater expert.
  • Technical director and emcee of the Odd Couple Marketing and Strategy Seminars.
  • Columnist for Meetings, the magazine.
  • Host of Pay News Network

Dan at the podium

His Favorite Places

Dan divides his time among his residences in Las Vegas, San Antonio, New York City, and Paris. Dan’s speaking schedule takes him all over the United States, and he regularly addresses audiences in Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and South Africa.

His Honors and Awards

  • The U.S. Department of the Treasury awarded him its prestigious Medal of Merit for his work on behalf of U.S. Savings Bonds.
  • The National Speakers Association has honored him as the Meeting Partner of the Year.

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