It is absolutely the case that tech whiz Daniel Edwards Fitzgibbons considers family and community to be the most important aspects of his life. It is also true that he has always considered them of prime importance, ever since he was a child growing up as the youngest of five kids in his hometown of Fargo, North Dakota. During his childhood, Dan attended Holy Spirit Grade School, followed by Shanley High. While at Shanley, he was active with a key club and a singing group called the Sandpebbles, although he was also good at sport and played football and golf, as well as intramural hockey.

Following graduation, he began his education at North Dakota State University, but decided to switch to a school just over the Minnesota state line, where it turned out he would stay. At Moorhead State University, Daniel Edwards Fitzgibbons earned a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Business Administration. Soon after, he moved to the Twin Cities, where he has gained lots of technological expertise in the area of data storage systems. Now, he is the Data Protection Business Manager for the Minneapolis office of EMC Corporation, a very prominent international technology company that employs more than 70,000 globally.