Among his many accomplishments since receiving a BA degree in business management from UWG in 2000, Dan is most proud of being the Mayor of Varnell, Georgia. Having lived there for several years, he has an enthusiastic passion for the city, and envisions it as growing and prospering into one of the best cities in Northwest Georgia.
During his mayoral term, Dan, one of the youngest mayors in Georgia, has energized Varnell’s citizenry by launching a community listserv, constructing a new playground and walking track, improving recycling efforts, and successfully addressing budget matters. Under his leadership, he has raised the level of engagement with Varnell residents and provided a sound foundation for positive change. In addition, Dan takes pride in his full-time job at a family-owned business, Julian Peeples Funeral Home, in neighboring Dalton.
Dan says his experiences at UWG helped prepare him for his career. “Living in residence halls taught me how to deal with and live with people from all walks of life, and service in the Chi Phi Fraternity and the Interfraternity Council taught me how to lead people toward common goals”, he said, adding that one only needs to be involved and passionate about the subject.
He is active in the Grove Level Baptist Church. His hobbies include spending time at his cabin in Ellijay, watching football, staying involved in his fraternity alumni association, and supporting Northwest High School athletics. Dan and his wife, Katie, has a son, Nate, and are anxiously awaiting the birth of a baby girl in July.