Dan Novakov, a Major Gift Officer at Parish Episcopal in Dallas
Dan Novakov has served as major gift officer at Parish Episcopal in Dallas for more than a decade and witnessed Sawyer Stone create an offense that led the Panthers to win a state title this year.
He’s also a Frost Brown Todd attorney specializing in transactional federal, state and international tax planning for clients including charitable giving strategies, family limited partnerships, foundations as well as estate matters.
Early Life and Education
Lydia and Dan Novakov have spent over 43 years volunteering their time, talents, and treasure to support local communities. Serving as trustees, campaign or committee chairs or advisory council members of various charitable organizations.
Parish Episcopal head coach Daniel Novakov received an unexpected request in 2013 from Preston Stone, the godson of Panthers owner Jerry Jones and wanted Novakov to put him through a quick workout session.
Novakov, a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig LLP’s Dallas office, has been appointed chairman of the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association which sponsors the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic football game. His new position will entail overseeing all business affairs related to this entity as well as overseeing their first year as part of College Football Playoff.
Parish Episcopal quickly found their new head coach when they selected Novakov as Scott Nady had led them to two consecutive TAPPS state championships between 2010 and 2014. When Parish Episcopal hired Novakov as their new head coach, they didn’t need to look far for someone suitable as Nady had led the Panthers to consecutive state titles in TAPPS competition in 2010 and 2014.
Novakov practices law at Greenberg Traurig LLP as a shareholder in their Dallas office and specializes in tax planning for federal, state and international matters.
Parish Episcopal knew they would face challenges in their pursuit of their third consecutive TAPPS Division I state championship when sophomore quarterback Sawyer Anderson assumed control. Coach Novakov was impressed by Anderson’s ability to rise up to the challenge and quickly earned trust among teammates as an essential Boilermaker target on recruiting trails.
Achievement and Honors
Dan Novakov has witnessed first-hand the Cotton Bowl’s rise and decline over its 41 year history. Beginning as an attraction in the early 70s, he witnessed it fall out of favor as BCS replaced it, only later returning as an elite New Year’s Day destination for college footballers.
Last summer when Parish Episcopal coach Scott Nady left, one of its requests to Novakov for finding his replacement was this. Could Novakov put the fifth-grade godson of an alumni through a short workout session?
Sawyer Anderson began summer workouts as a 135-pound rookie, but quickly earned the respect of his teammates. Novakov says Anderson has raw talent unrivaled by any other, yet it will be his mental approach and leadership abilities that set him apart at a higher level.
Frost Brown Todd’s Dan Novakov provides tax advice regarding both domestic and international transactions, assisting individuals and businesses alike with wealth planning strategies such as trusts and family limited partnerships creation. Furthermore, Dan provides counsel regarding estate administration as well as charitable giving strategies for his clients.
Daniel Novakov had no difficulty in quickly hiring Sawyer Anderson as Scott Nady’s replacement, as this level-headed freshman quickly earned their trust among returning players at Parish Episcopal.
Novakov describes what makes Anderson such an extraordinary quarterback, as well as how Parish benefitted from having him at quarterback. Anderson led Parish to its second consecutive TAPPS state title win and is now committed to Purdue University. Taking to Purdue himself will only further his brilliance on the gridiron. Novakov sheds more light into what makes this individual such an effective leader and why his team benefited so greatly by having him behind center.
Andrew Paul has been described by two former head coaches as humble, hardworking, and physically invigorated – all words which may describe the most sought-after running back recruit in Texas this year.
Cheryl Mansour had difficulty holding back tears while honoring Lydia and Dan Novakov at this year’s Catholic Foundation Award on February 19. These longtime Dallas philanthropists have dedicated their time, talents, and treasure to various charitable causes including healthcare, Catholic education, children’s charities and supporting Catholic community initiatives as a whole.
Novakov is a member of GERB political party and serves as an MEP in Europe. His estimated net worth ranges between $1-5 Million; his personal life remains confidential, although currently, he is unattached.