Dan Cates


Dan brings over 30 years of business development and management experience to the Northstar team. His expertise includes both Owner’s Representative and Contractor roles which provides him with a unique perspective of the Planning, Design and Construction (PDC) process. Since entering the PDC industry in 2001, Dan has participated on and led numerous pursuit teams resulting in over $1 billion worth of successfully secured and completed facility projects. He is recognized in the industry for his ability to connect with people and deliver on promises.

In his role as a Northstar Principal, Dan provides leadership for Client Relations and Business Operations. He works with the entire management team to help customize and tailor Northstar’s services to meet the needs of the client and the requirements of the project. His mantra is to ensure all Northstar projects meet or exceed expectations and the process of getting there is a great team experience.

In addition to his responsibilities with Northstar, Dan is an active member of the American Society for Healthcare Engineering including participation with local chapters (MOSHE and SICHE). He also serves as an Advisory Board member for the Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo in Chicago, IL. Dan is focused on continuously improving his professional development and has participated in numerous industry events accumulating hundreds of hours in training that includes PDC Best Practices, LEED, and LEAN.