Dan DeBono was born in Syosset and is a lifelong resident of Northport, where he was raised by an extended Irish and Italian family that included teachers, cops, and nuns. His father, grandfathers, brothers and he are all veterans of one of the armed services, including the Navy, the Army, or the New York City Police Department.
Dan graduated from public high school in Northport, and earned a Navy ROTC Scholarship to Holy Cross College in Worcester, Massachusetts. He majored in Mathematics, played Division I soccer and lacrosse, and captained the Men’s soccer team. Inspired by the events in Panama in December 1989, Dan volunteered and was selected for the Navy SEALs, and became class leader of Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training class 173, where he jointly set the class 2-mile ocean swim record.
Assigned to SEAL Team TWO in Norfolk, Virginia, Dan completed one overseas tour in theatre during the Bosnian War, where he conducted numerous joint training operations with various NATO allies, among other things. He also specialized in joint special warfare submarine operations.
Upon his return to civilian life, and inspired by its great free market and philosophical thinkers, Dan attended the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business and earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with High Honors, with a concentration in finance.
He spent the next 20 years in finance and investing, first as a banker advising some of the world’s largest media and telecommunications companies, and then as an institutional investor where he invested capital on behalf of public pension funds, university endowments, and other institutions and individuals. Dan now runs a small investment and advisory business in New York.
Dan is a Committeeman for the Town of Huntington Republican Committee. He has served and volunteered in a number of community organizations, including with the Navy SEAL Foundation. Dan and his wife, Genieve, reside in Northport with their 2 children and 2 cairn terriers.