President of Operations
Dana joins Luckey LLC with more than 20 years of experience as a timber framer, welder, finish carpenter, business owner, and custom homebuilder. Prior to joining the company, Dana owned and operated a custom design and remodeling business in New Haven, Connecticut for twelve years, focusing primarily on residential properties.
He experienced his first Luckey Invention when he was 10 years old in the front yard of neighbor Tom Luckey. Later, in his early 20s, Dana sought out Tom’s advice as he was broadening his skills and exploring the artistic aspects of building. He had the opportunity to help build several Luckey Climbers and in the process, learned first-hand about all aspects of the process, from initial design, to construction of steel and wooden platforms, finishing, and on-site installation.
Since then, he has seen Luckey Climbers evolve and grow into the global enterprise it is today. He continues to find wonder and delight in their creation, and is committed to the company’s success.
When not at work, Dana enjoys time with his two young daughters and wife, Owen Sea Luckey.
Thomas Walker Luckey (1940-2012) - Founder
Tom Luckey was a visionary, a creative genius, a legendary optimist, an exuberant showboat, and an infamous fun-maker. He was an avid collector of friends, regardless of age; all that mattered was whether you were willing to take a leap with him towards his ultimate goal: superlative joy. Tom was the quintessential military brat, moving frequently throughout his childhood. Even in those early years, Tom showed a unique ability to envision and bring to life imagined forms. He was always working with his hands and led by his dreams. From simple carvings, he built up to larger projects including a little cottage on Martha’s Vineyard, which he built when he was 16.
Throughout his career, Tom welcomed challenges and was stimulated by obstacles. He embraced uncertainty in his art and adapted to unanticipated hurdles. In 2005, he suffered a tragic accident that left him paralyzed from the shoulders down. This was a change in his life most would find impossible, but Tom was often heard to say that “falling on my head was the best thing that ever happened to me.” It was a brave statement that he somehow made believable with his remarkable wit and optimism. Indeed, his career took off and his social life flourished during the final chapters of his life, a testament to his remarkable talent and insatiable curiosity.