River City Six: Dan Cheloha

Margarita Man (www.themargman.com) is a frozen beverage machine rental company that provides high capacity, commercial grade margarita machines and everything needed to serve alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks in a wide variety of flavors. Dan Cheloha is the owner of the Margarita Man franchise serving clients in Omaha, Lincoln and surrounding areas.

How did you get started in the business?

I’d been looking for a business opportunity for the last year or two. I came across this one, the local Margarita Man franchise, and found it to be a great investment that also looked like a lot of fun.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally?

So far it’s been managing our workflow during the weeks that we are really busy. We provide delivery, set-up, pick-up and cleaning afterwards, so with 18 machines, there are a lot of moving parts in motion. I’ve even had my family help out when things get a little crazy!

What has been your most important achievement professionally?

I was in the insurance business for over 20 years. During my career in that industry I went from being an agent to building a very successful agency in Western Iowa and Eastern Nebraska.

Tell us a little about your family.

My wife Michelle and I have been married 22 years. Our son Nick is 20 and he is living, working and going to school in Ames, Iowa. Our daughter Emily is 18 and she is a freshman pre-vet student at the University of Sioux Falls and also plays softball there.

What is your favorite thing to do on a day off?

Attending/watching ball games or hanging out with family and friends.

What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know?

I was a walk-on for the University of Nebraska football team.

What are you the most proud of?

During my time in the insurance business, I was the winner of the National Builder award two years in a row. Considering there were 300 candidates, it was an incredible honor and career achievement.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

Over the years several important people in my life have told me to never ever, ever quit. Never give up, no matter what.

If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be?

Energetic.

What is your greatest talent that you don’t utilize in your daily work life?

I started out as an accountant, but I don’t use those skills much anymore.

If you could choose any other profession to be successful in, what would it be?

I would love to be a scuba dive instructor.

What local non-profit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why?

I’m a proud member of the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce. My family and I are also a part of St. Pius X and St. Bernard’s Catholic Churches in Omaha.

What is your favorite movie?

Tommy Boy, it’s a classic!

What is your favorite TV show?

Probably Friends or The Blacklist.

What is your favorite local restaurant?

Sgt. Peffer’s Cafe Italian.

If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be?

Pope John Paul II.

If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so?

The easiest way to reach me is to call or text (402) 770-0665. The company email is margaritamannebraska@gmail.com and you can also visit our website at www.themargman.com.


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