Daniel A. Cunningham is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Parish Manufacturing, a liquid bag-in-box systems manufacturer and supplier, offering customized solutions for liquid packaging across the food, beverage, water, food service, and chemical industries
Dan graduated WHS in 1963 and attended Purdue University where he began what would lead to a lifelong commitment to public service by joining the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps program and receiving his bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Education in 1968. In 1975, Dan completed studies at Webster University to earn a Masters Degree in Management. In 2011, Dan was recognized by the Purdue College of Technology as an outstanding technology alumnus.
After a short stint in teaching, Dan answered his nation’s call beginning a career as a US Army Commissioned Officer serving in Field Artillery for more than 21 years from 1968 to 1989. For more than two decades, he served with the Army in assignments throughout the world and combat service in Vietnam. He ultimately earned the rank of Lieutenant Colonel prior to his retirement along with a number of prestigious awards including the Bronze Star for Valor Medal, six Army Meritorious Service Medals, two Army Commendation Medals, Department of Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, and the Vietnam Gallantry Cross. Following his military retirement Dan accepted a position with Parish Manufacturing as a production manager and over the next five years, earned his way to lead the company as President and Chief Operating Officer.
Throughout his military and civilian career, Dan has always found time to serve others in a series of important leadership roles in some of America’s most important social organizations. As a certified Boy Scout Leader for more than 30 years, he has served in many capacities on local, district, and council levels and has held leadership positions with various church and social organizations including the American Legion and the Red Cross continuing a legacy of public service that has spanned more than five decades. Dan and his lovely wife Catherine reside in Indianapolis where they enjoy spending time with his two children and five grandchildren.