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Daniel J. Gavlas, CPA

Daniel J. Gavlas, CPA


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An integral member of the Cole Gavlas team, Dan has been with the firm since 1999. He is a partner and currently serves in the role of integrator. In his role as a business advisor, Dan works primarily with clients in the construction, real estate, manufacturing, distribution, and professional services industries.

With more than three decades of accounting experience, Dan is a great resource for his teammates. He places a high value on hard work and preparation—both characteristics to which he attributes his career success.

Raised in Detroit, Dan currently resides in Portage with his wife, Kristen. They have three children, Ryan, Joe, and Lexi. He loves Portage because it’s a great place to raise a family. In his free time, Dan enjoys running, biking, and hiking.

A few fun facts about Dan:

  • Dan loves running trails—the farthest he has run is 100k.
  • The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein is Dan’s favorite book because it teaches an important lesson about realizing the impact of always helping, no matter the sacrifice it requires.
  • Dan’s favorite quote is, “Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”


  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • Michigan Association of CPAs (MICPA)
  • Rotary Club
    • Former treasurer
  • Portage Education Foundation (PEF)
    • Former treasurer
    • Former treasurer
  • Western Michigan University Alumni Association


  • Western Michigan University (1987)