As a ninth generation Charlestonian Dan grew up in the Historic District and has been a civic leader. His education was obtained almost entirely in Charleston and he graduated from the College of Charleston (1972). He has served on numerous boards and commissions in Charleston and South Carolina. On many occasions fellow board members have chosen him as their chairman. He has been President of the YMCA of Charleston, the Preservation Society of Charleston, the College of Charleston Foundation, the Piping and Marching Society, The Rotary Club of Charleston, La Society Francaise de Charleston, the Huguenot Society of S. C., the Lowcountry Alumni of Pi Kappa Phi, the French Protestant Church of Charleston, and as vice chair of the Commission on Higher Education in South Carolina. His deep interest in real estate ethics has led him to chair several appropriate committees of Realtors and he serves as a mediator to resolve disputes between his colleagues. In 2007 and 2008 Dan served as chair of the S. C. Higher Education Study committee mandated by the State Legislature to develop a strategic plan for Higher Education in the state. Currently, he is serving as a trustee for the College of Charleston. The Daniel Ravenel Real Estate Company was founded on March 1st 1983 and the company has had over 1.5 billion in real estate sales during its successful existence. On February 23, 2007 the firm became Daniel Ravenel Sotheby's International Realty. Dan has received awards from the Charleston Chamber of Commerce, twice from the Charleston Regional Business Journal, the College of Charleston and Pi Kappa Phi. He has received recognition from the SC General Assembly for his work in higher education. Dan is married, has three children all of whom have graduated from College. Dan enjoys boating, hunting and quasi intellectual pursuits.