Like so many Americans, Danny realized his desire to serve as he watched the towers fall on September 11, 2001. He was a freshman in college at the time. In post-9/11 America, he felt uncertain about the future of his country, but about his own path in life – he had never been clearer.
“My grandfather was a Colonel in the Air Force,” Danny explained. “He served in Korea and Vietnam; I always admired him for that.” Due in part to the “wonderful influence” from his grandfather, Danny enlisted in ROTC. He enjoyed a long career in the Air Force, weaving in contracting and construction experience that helped him physically shape the communities he came in contact with during his service. Whereas he had watched his own country endure destruction, he helped to rebuild countries like Korea, England, Germany, Iraq, and Afghanistan where he was deployed twice.
Danny received a bronze star for his service and looks back now three years later, on his time in the military as a period in his life that “gave [him] perspective.” His sense of duty to his country was fulfilled, but his new life as a civilian was just beginning.
Entrepreneurship just seemed like the natural next step. “My work up until that point had given me exposure to management and leadership beyond just construction. That kind of broad experience translates well to starting a business.” So, Danny moved to Austin. He gained invaluable experience doing work for a construction consultant group called Square One. It balanced his managerial experience nicely, giving him a complete picture of contracting work.
Like most entrepreneurs do, Danny quickly spotted the gap – there was lots of miscommunication between client and contractors, and Danny had a theory as to why. Traditional sites are documented with cameras, which tend to leave gaping spaces in the mental picture the client has of the project. He knew how to get the client a clearer image… both literally and physically: drones.
“It’s extraordinarily valuable to be able to use a drone to log imagery of a job site,” Danny told us. “Not only does it provide immediate information, it also prevents against future mistakes and high-cost changes.”
Once the idea for Skyview was in place, Danny did the work to see it through. He earned his MBA, which helped him identify his strengths – project management, operations, and practical experience, but also helped him identify his weaknesses, too. Marketing and sales were two fields that Danny felt he needed the most help. Luckily, he found an answer to that in The Jonas Project.
“I have been blown away by The Jonas Project,” Danny said. “Out of the gate, David helped me just grind through my business plan; it’s countless iterations. He really wanted to get into it and give me the ‘tough love’ feedback that I had been missing. That was exceptionally valuable to me.” With a “great network of mentors” at his fingertips, Danny grew more and more confident in his abilities as a CEO, and as a result, Skyview began to boom.
Now pitching to contractors, Skyview has officially launched. This construction documentation technology will open a whole new approach to how clients and contractors approach projects. Danny looks forward to the future of finding the mission and service within his work. He enjoys going to work every day – not just because he has the freedom to be his own boss – but because he gets to continue to build and shape his community, and therefore has a hand in what the future of his country will look like. “Being the master of my destiny,” Danny said, “is thrilling to me. And now I get to do that every day.”