Daniel J. Bennett is Owner and Chief Executive Clown of Clownin’ Around, Inc. which he founded in 1986. Mr. Bennett has served in all positions over the years while always providing ongoing leadership direction since going full time with his business venture on July 1, 1993. The company incorporated in 1997 and is based in Columbus, Georgia. He resides in Columbus, Georgia with wife and three children.
Before pursuing Clownin’ Around full-time, Mr. Bennett proudly served on active duty as an Army Infantry Officer from 1988‐1993. He successfully performed in a variety of leadership positions while stationed with the 7th Infantry Division (Light) at Fort Ord, California. The positions included Assistant Brigade S‐3 for 2nd (Cold Steel) Brigade; Battalion S‐3 Air for 5th Battalion 21st Infantry (Gimlets); Executive Officer for B Company 5/21 Infantry; and Platoon Leader for C Company 5/21 Infantry. Captain Bennett’s awards and honors include, but are not limited to, Ranger Tab (1990); Combat Infantryman’s Badge (Operation Just Cause, Panama 1989‐1990); Air Assault Wings (Honor Graduate, 1990); Expert Infantryman’s Badge (1991); and Airborne Wings (1986).
Mr. Bennett’s other personal accomplishments include completing the 1988 TransAmerica Bicycle Trek (3353 miles from Seattle, WA to Atlantic City, NJ); a number of 26.2 mile marathons (to include Boston Marathon in 1985); and acting as captain of running relay teams that completed the 2011 Run for the Heroes /Run Across Georgia (260+ miles from Columbus, GA to Savannah, GA) and the 2012 & 2013 Run for the Heroes / Run Across Georgia. He has raised lots of money for the house of heroes. Mr. Bennett has volunteered as a soccer coach, basketball coach, assisted with Little League baseball, and is involved with fundraising efforts for House of Heroes and Pedaling for Kids. Mr. Bennett is a native of Syracuse, New York. He spent his late elementary, high school, and college years living in Smithfield, Rhode Island. Mr. Bennett earned his commission as an Army officer from the Providence College Reserved Officer Training Corp (R.O.T.C.) program in 1988 and is a graduate of Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island where he earned a B.S. in Business Administration with a major in Marketing in 1988 as well.