Don Daly was born in Morristown, New Jersey in 1933. He attended Stevens Institute of Technology, graduating with a Mechanical Engineering degree. Following graduation, Don worked for Corning Glass Works for a year, Mundet Cork Corporation for 2 years, Thiokol Chemical Corporation for 5 years, and Syntex Corporation for 7 years. Don joined CH2M HILL in 1978 as a Project Manager with responsibilities for overseeing numerous large industrial and fabrication projects for Wacker Chemical , National Semiconductor, Telefonica de Espana, Lytel Corporation, and Alcatel (Bergstrom Labs). In 1978, Don moved to the recently created IDC subsidiary of CH2M HILL, where he served initially as a Project Manager.
Don served as the Managing Director of TDC, a partnership formed by IDC with a large and well-known construction firm, from 1995 through 1999. He served as IDC's Business Unit Manager-Pharmaceuticals from 1999 until retirement in 2001. In addition, Don developed a special business relationship with Intel Inc., and served as the Client Manager for all business contacts with Intel from 1990 through 1999. Don retired in 2001, but continues to provide consulting services to IDC, primarily in the Bio-Pharmaceutical Group.