Daniel Hawthorne is the Advisory Team Manager at Foster Group. In this role, Daniel is responsible for providing day-to-day management, coaching, and development of Advisors and ensuring consistent delivery of our client experience.

Prior to Foster Group, Daniel served 24 years in the United States Air Force as a Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape (SERE) Specialist. As part of this small, elite, and highly selective profession, he traveled the world, personally delivered 15,000 hours of instruction, deployed to multiple combat zones, developed strategic guidance, and served in executive leadership roles across multiple organizations. He retired at the rank of Chief Master Sergeant, having reached the top 1% of the enlisted force.

Daniel graduated from the University of Alabama with a Master of Science in Consumer Sciences – Family Financial Planning and completed a five-month, full-time, financial planning internship at Foster Group.


My entire working life, I have been committed to a single, simple purpose: serving others. Foster Group is a purpose driven organization that serves others with the highest level of integrity. I feel good about the value our clients receive, and there isn’t any place I’d rather be.

In my free-time, I love spending time outdoors with my wife and two kids. My amazing wife is a Family and Emergency Nurse Practitioner who serves others in a rural critical access hospital, and my kids participate in a variety of sports and art activities. On weekends, you will frequently find us hunting, fishing, camping, or practicing our archery skills.

I chose financial planning as a second career because it aligns with my passions and values. This is a helping profession that touches so many facets of our life. Money and life continually intersect and can impact our physical health, psychological well-being, and relationships. I see this career as an extension of my life’s purpose of serving others.


B.S. Management, Post University (Waterbury, Connecticut)

M.S. Consumer Sciences – Family Financial Planning, University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, Alabama)