Why Success Has Nothing To Do With Making Money

By Danielle Honeycutt

How do you define success? If I were to poll each person reading this, every response would probably be unique. Whatever your definition of success, now think about how you will achieve it. Do you wake up every day and set new goals? Do you create little reminders that keep you focused and on track?

For Dan Davis, Owner of Davco Roofing & Sheet Metal and first-ever winner of Dream On 3’s Queen City Business of the Year challenge, he focuses on a quote that is strategically posted in his office. Simple, yet something that’s in his line of sight almost every day.

There is nothing wrong with making money but it’s not a goal that will make you successful.”

 Dan and his wife, Emily Davis.

Dan and his wife, Emily Davis.

Raising money is something Dan Davis is very good at doing. However, he lives his life and runs his business on values that mean much more than the bottom line. It’s better to give than to receive. Again, simple, but why complicate it? He says, “God has blessed me, and I would be foolish if I didn’t spread as much love and kindness as I have received throughout my life.”

A corporate partner and friend to Dream On 3 for a little over two years, Dan has certainly been generous, loving and kind to our Dream Kids and their families. When we asked him to take his involvement to the next level by participating in the Queen City Business of the Year challenge he didn’t hesitate.  And he never slowed down.

Twelve weeks later, in a room packed with over 500 people and 6 other businesses also competing in this challenge, Dan heard the words “…and the winner is, with a total of $267,305, TEAM DAVCO!!”

JACKED! That is how some would describe Dan’s reaction. Dan would be the first one to tell you that it’s not about him and it’s all about how many kids will now have an opportunity to experience a dream come true. Dan genuinely gets it, and his employees get it. Don’t get us wrong, he is extremely competitive! But his heart is always in the right place.

 2018 Dream Gala when Team Davco was announced as the winner.

2018 Dream Gala when Team Davco was announced as the winner.

We asked Dan how his employees felt about being a part of this 12-week campaign to help Dream On 3. “They embraced the opportunity to give back and the challenge to reach a goal that seemed, at times, unattainable. It is true that strength is in numbers. I couldn’t be prouder of everyone who participated. It’s quite rewarding to lead a team of people that not only do a great job at Davco, but also embody our core values.”

When Dan learned that he had won, he shared a story about his Grandpa who had a significant impact on his life. He is a big part of the reason Dan’s definition of success has more to do with helping others than the total in his bank account. “Grandpa was smart, funny and so kind. You could look in his eyes and know that whatever he was about to say was going to be true and from the heart. He taught me to speak from the heart and I’m forever grateful for that. I might not know what he would have to say about my partnership with Dream On 3, but I do know he would be proud.”

 (L to R) Dan′s brother Billy, Dan and Grandpa

(L to R) Dan′s brother Billy, Dan and Grandpa

Davco has already had a huge impact on the lives of our Dream Kids and their families. As a Dream Sponsor for Noah Thompson, it was an emotional moment running into the family at last year’s Dream Gala. “Noah’s parents, George and Tobi were both emotional, which then made me emotional. At that moment DO3 never meant more to me because I realized that these dreams weren’t just for the child, but they were the dreams of the entire family. They also live with the affliction that Noah lives with.”

As a parent to Kendall (“our little angel”), 7 years old and Drew (“our handsome devil”), 4 years old, Dan looks at each family’s situation through eyes of a father.  “I was thankful that I was able to hear from the parents because I am a parent and I know how much my children mean to me.”

Dan is also showing his kids the importance of helping others. His daughter, Kendall, huddled up with Dream On 3 the first time we met Dream Kid Hannah and also presented Hannah with a special gift at her VIP Dream Sendoff.  “She is learning the importance of helping people who might not be as fortunate as her. She is already asking about our next Dream Experience! Our son, Drew, is a little young to fully understand but he would love to talk about his special powers, as well as who would win in a fight between Batman and Superman!”

Drew, we happen think your Dad would beat Batman and Superman with his eyes closed.

 The Davis Family.

The Davis Family.

The dictionary defines success as, “the accomplishment of an aim or purpose.” It’s clear that Dan Davis’ purpose is to make a difference in the lives of others. Dan, congratulations on the success you continue to achieve each day.

Dan had some final thoughts he wanted to share, “I feel it is important to look for the good in every person we meet. I say that because I know at times people don’t always make that easy, but it could make a difference in someone’s day.  You never know what someone else is going through or the challenges they are up against. One of the many reasons why I love being a part of Dream On 3 is because I really love people so much…especially when they are smiling.”

 Dan surprising Dream Kid Noah with a custom hockey helmet at his Dream Sendoff.

Dan surprising Dream Kid Noah with a custom hockey helmet at his Dream Sendoff.

For more information on how your business can participate for the 2018 Queen City Business of the Year, visit the Dream Gala web page or contact Eva Piper at eva@dreamon3.org.

Other fun facts about our QC Biz of the Year Winner:

Are sports a big part of your life? If so what is your favorite sport/athlete?

I am a HUGE sports fan!  I grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, MI.  I was blessed to have season tickets for the Detroit Lions since I was a real young man.  Some of my fondest memories as a child occurred in the tailgate parking lot of the Pontiac Silverdome playing football with my brother and my buddies before and after Lions games.  My favorite athlete of all-time is actually Chris Spielman.  Although he went to Ohio State, he was a star player for the Lions for most of my childhood and he epitomized what it meant to me to be a hardworking, tough player.  I also played football and basketball through high school.  I was able to forge some of the most meaningful relationships in my life because of football.  I also believe that participation in team sports is an excellent way to teach children the value of teamwork, hard work, persistence and respect.

Where will you display your trophy?  

This amazing trophy is physically ours but it truly belongs to Dream On 3 and to the MANY families that will benefit from what all 7 teams were able to do in 12 weeks.  With that said, we will display it in my office next to my Detroit Lions helmet.

What was your favorite moment at the 2018 Dream Gala?

My favorite moment at the Gala, hands down, was when we gathered up all 50 members of Team Davco for a group photo on the red carpet.  That was truly special.  My dear wife, Emily, grabbed me right before the photo and had me stand by the camera in front facing the entire crew then told me to just take it all in and I did just that.  I’m so grateful that she did that because it felt like everything was coming full circle and they were all there to support us…not to mention our team members are some pretty darn good-looking folks!