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One million reasons

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Houston - Jarrod Daniel had been working for a Santa Fe developer for a year when he received an intriguing call in 1994.







    “How would you like to make a million dollars?” Bill Daniel asked his son from the other end of the line.
    Jarrod paused before answering. The 24-year-old, who had played high school and college baseball, hadn’t entirely abandoned his dream of a career in the sport. Also, he wondered if this million dollar-making opportunity would be legal.
    Bill assured him it was, and that the million would come from work Bill had been doing since his son’s birth. Hearing that, Jarrod had one more question.
    “I said, ‘Well, what is that?’” Jarrod laughs as he remembers what he asked. “What do you do, Dad?”
    Jarrod soon learned the ins and outs of his father’s work, which involved direct hiring of accounting and finance candidates. Joining his dad, Jarrod used his marketing degree and tech savvy to create a staffing division and grow the firm’s services. The company’s name was changed to DanTemps and Jarrod’s brother Jeremy soon joined the firm, eventually focusing on sales and operations. When Bill retired in 2009, his sons bought out his shares and rebranded the firm as The Daniel Group.
    Twenty-three years after that fatherly phone call, the company has expanded to include 700 employees across seven branches, with three of those offices located in the Houston area.
    “We have one on the east side of Houston, we have our corporate office in Houston, and we have one in Sealy,” Jarrod says. “Our corporate office is basically our back office support, which is all of our accounting, billing, payroll, and operations, but we also have a production office here that does commercial staffing and professional staffing from a direct hire standpoint.”
    Jarrod says the addition of the commercial staffing division, which includes light industrial and skilled trades, has enabled The Daniel Group to participate in projects outside of Texas.
     “We’ve had construction projects that we’ve worked on in 28 states,” Jarrod says with pride. “It’s been a fun ride in the construction division.”
    The ride has taken the firm all the way to its own construction site at 5424 Katy Freeway, where The Daniel Group’s new three-story, 17,664 corporate headquarters is being constructed. Forward-thinking Jarrod says the new facility will include a 50-seat training room for branch manager and association use, adjustable standing desks for health-conscious employees, beanbags and cordless technology to appeal to millennials and plenty of coffee to keep motivation running at high levels. The building is slated for completion in November 2018, just in time for the staff to move in and celebrate the firm’s 25th anniversary.
     The promise of a million dollars is what lured Jarrod into the staffing business, but it is a promise he made himself in 2009 that keeps the CEO happily coming to work years later. With his staff’s help, he has vowed to help one million people find meaningful work, and he’s nearly a tenth of the way toward reaching the company’s goal.
    The Daniel Group is a staffing firm with seven Texas locations. –mjm

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Melissa Jones-Meyer dfweditor@constructionnews.net