We had the good fortune of connecting with Gary Daniels and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Gary, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I don’t think anyone can be successful at anything without taking risks. We would never even learn to walk if we focused on the fact that we are going to fall again and again before we master those steps. Risk is always present, but those who succeed are not afraid to try and realize that taking risks is part of the journey. I simply would not be able to grow our business without a strong faith in God and my wonderful supportive wife, Sandra. I like to look at risk as an opportunity to succeed rather than a path to fail.
What should our readers know about your business?
We have been open nearly 6 years and are located on Main Street in downtown Dallas. We have a great staff of seasoned professionals who are committed to serving our customers and helping them manage their risks. The most important coverage we offer is life insurance and products to help them create wealth. Of course, we offer all types of insurance including auto, home, renters, boats, motorcycles, and we also offer insurance for small businesses and even pet insurance. We work hard each day to ensure we treat our customers the way I like to be treated as a customer. I grew up in the 60s when customer service was not only expected but created the old phrase “the customer is always right.”
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Friends from out of town enjoy True Kitchen and Kocktails in downtown Dallas. I also have taken them to The Rustic. Usually people who are new to Texas always want to see folks in cowboy hats and boots, so at some point I take them to the Stockyards in Fort Worth. For family fun, I love taking them to Arlington for fun at Six Flags. We also love taking them to AT&T Stadium and now Globe Life Field.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
No one is born a success. There are so many people who have helped me over the years. My grandfather bought and rented out properties all while working a full-time job. I had an uncle who also flipped houses and eventually made enough to open a McDonalds restaurant. While I never sat down with either of them to find out just how to buy property, as a kid I was inspired by their work ethic and tenacity. I was blessed to have a mother and dad who taught me to respect others and learn from anyone. I’m still learning. My challenge is to be better today than I was yesterday…a lesson from my grandmother. Today I’m grateful for my loving wife who has seen me fail numerous times and still encourages me to work hard and continue building a legacy for my family. I’m immensely blessed to be a father to two amazing daughters. I’m also grateful to be a father-in-law and “Paw-Paw” to three wonderful boys all under the age of 4.
BMaxx Photography (Bruce Maxwell)