Employee Spotlight-Holt

Daniel Holt
Retired Business Instructor
Served SIC from 1988-2013

Spotlight Candidate Dan Holt


Bachelors Degree – Business Management from Harding University
Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Liberty University


  • Leavey Award for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge (1996)
  • Loren Dallas Outstanding Teacher & ICCTA Faculty Member of the Year (2000)    
  • IBEA (Illinois Business Education Association) Teacher of the Year (2001)
  • SIFE (Students In Free Enterprise) Sam M. Walton Fellow Hall of Fame (2004)

Have you held other positions at SIC?

  • Adjunct Instructor (1988-1990)
  • Interim Dean of Instruction (2007-2008) 

What position(s) did you hold prior to SIC?
Owned and operated an independent insurance agency for several years prior to teaching career with SIC.

What does SIC means to you?
SIC means opportunity. It has provided me an opportunity to be blessed with a rewarding and fulfilling career in which I can help so many students move forward and achieve their own goals in life. SIC provides so many opportunities for our community and students to be enriched and grow to their potential.

What is your favorite memory at SIC?
The excitement of the SIFE National Competition in 2004 when the SIC Team won second place. One of our team members questioned, “Why would anyone ever do drugs when you can get a genuine rush doing something like this?”

What do you do in your spare time?
What spare time? I keep quite busy spending time with my growing family, especially now that we have three grandchildren. I am active in teaching Bible classes at the Harrisburg Church of Christ. I also enjoy travel as a hobby. Alaska is the only state my family has not visited…yet!

Where is your favorite vacation spot?  
The Rocky Mountains, especially Wyoming.

How would you spend $1 million?
There are two secrets to success: #1-Don’t tell everything you know…
Seriously, I doubt my lifestyle would change much but I expect I would give generously to the church and help my family members with their plans. Perhaps it could help my daughter and her family who plan to do mission work in Tanzania for ten years and are raising funds for that effort.
And my wife and I would probably travel more, maybe make that Alaska trip.  

If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be?
In my association with SIFE, my students and I have had opportunities to eat meals with some of the nation's top corporate executives and a few government leaders. That’s been great, but my favorite dinners are those with family. One particular dinner stands out when one of our daughters hosted Thanksgiving dinner and surprised each guest with touching handwritten notes of encouragement and gratitude.

What's the best piece of advice you've been given?
We are born with one mouth and two ears, and we should use them accordingly.