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A common theme throughout Business Analyst (BA), Daniel Day’s life has been starting over with a fresh perspective. He’s overcome several mental and physical challenges that have made him stronger and brought him to where he is today.
Day was born and raised in North Carolina. Hurricane Hugo hit the NC coast when he was a newborn and his family was forced to evacuate from their home in Myrtle Beach. They relocated to Charleston, SC, for several years before setting down roots in Charlotte. He also suffered from spina bifida as a baby.
“I spent the first nine months of my life in and out of surgery,” Day said. “My family traveled from Charleston to Myrtle Beach so I could get the best care.”
He grew up playing baseball and was recruited out of high school to play division one baseball at Western Carolina. Unfortunately, day suffered from a shoulder injury that ended his collegiate career before it even began.
“I went through a year of rehabilitation thinking it would allow me to play,” Day said. “But we eventually realized I needed surgery, and by that point, it was too late.”
Day graduated from Western Carolina and began his professional career at Mission Health in Asheville, NC. As a project coordinator for the Center of Telehealth services, he received his first dose of AI through working with a mobile robot that treated patients during surgery and in the emergency room.
“We were able to connect some of the best doctors in the state with patients in rural North Carolina,” Day said. “This was where I learned about the 'Art of The Possible', which came in handy when I came to Stratifyd.”
After working for Mission Health for about a year, a director level position became available, in which he was eager to apply for. But the position required more experience and a master's degree. Several decisions later, Day moved back home to Charlotte and landed in the retail industry, where he worked as a general manager for more than five years.
“My original plan was to transition into medical sales, so I thought retail would give me that sales experience,” Day said. “But I got stuck and eventually became tired of missing holidays and time with my family.”
Continuing the theme of turning over a new leaf, Day connected with several friends from high school to different career paths, including Stratifyd Senior Channel Manager, Alex Venker.
“I asked Alex about his job and what he enjoyed about it,” Day said. “He was over the moon about Stratifyd and thought it could be an amazing opportunity for me. Soon after, I met with LeMonte Gregory [VP of Global Solutions] and the rest is history.”
As a BA at Stratifyd, he works alongside the sales team to conduct platform demonstrations to prospective clients across different industries. Alongside everything Day has faced in his past that has prepared him for the future, there’s one challenge he overcomes every single day. He suffers from Dyslexia , a learning disorder which affects his brains ability to read, write, and spell.
“It’s helped me discover new ways to organize my life,” Day said. “It’s helped me learn from others by watching their strengths and implementing them into my life.”
When he’s not working, you can find Day with his bulldog at Lenny Boy Brewing, hiking, or in his backyard gardening.
Q&A with Daniel Day
Q: What’s your favorite thing about living in Charlotte?
A: Where to start? I’m a self-proclaimed “native” to Charlotte in that I’ve lived here for the last 27 years of my life. One of my favorite parts of living in Charlotte is having that big city buzz with the small-town feel. There’s something for everyone here and I think that’s what contributes to our growth. I love to visit the local breweries with my good boy Heyward. He’s a slightly overweight English Bulldog who loves cold beer and good friends.
You can also find me at the Whitewater Center or taking in a concert at the AvidXchange Music Factory. One of the best things about Charlotte is how close we are to both the mountains and the ocean. It makes for taking quick weekend trips super easy.
Q: What sparked your interest in Stratifyd?
A: Prior to Stratifyd, I spent 7 years stuck in the world of retail management. My experience prepared me for everything I didn’t want to find in a new career. I did a lot of research on growing companies in Charlotte’s tech scene and there were a few things that really stood out about Stratifyd. The city of Charlotte has been my home for nearly my entire life. I’ve seen it grow and prosper into the beautiful place it is today. Stratifyd’s dedication to the city of Charlotte as an anchor in the world of tech startups was incredibly appealing to me. I also saw how Stratifyd wanted to give back to this community and I wanted to join those efforts.
Secondly, I was intrigued how Stratifyd was built from the research of scholars, professors, and published authors. Fintech was an uncharted territory for me and to know that the leadership team was beyond willing to invest their time in my professional development was a priceless benefit.
It’s sometimes cliché to say a company has the best “culture” so I was hesitant when everyone I interviewed went on and on about the company’s culture. The truth is that when your leadership’s highest priorities is in its people, life is good. Stratifyd does a great job at including everyone in both its wins and losses.
Q: What is your favorite brand to follow on social media and why?
A: Barstool Sports – They have a very unique and unorthodox way of entertaining their audience that typically goes against the grain. It was started by a group of Tom Brady worshiping entrepreneurs from Boston that wanted to disrupt the world of traditional sports media. I’ll be honest, some of their content is trash, however as a professional sports enthusiast myself, I find a few of their podcasts to be pure gold. For me, the most impressive part about Barstool is how they’ve been able to market themselves into a $150 million-dollar evaluation in just a few years, thanks to a partnership with Sirius XM. “One bite, everyone knows the rules.”
Q: What is on your travel bucket list?
A: As I’m writing this, I’m packing my bags for a nice long trip to Thailand. For my next adventure I’d like to visit either Paris or Rome. I love history and art so these would be my next two on the list.
Q: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
A: My Dad would always remind me “in order to get what you want; you have to give.” When you support those around you, you guide them, lead them and make contributions in their lives, you will reap the greatest rewards.
Q: What's one thing you can't live without?
A: I’ve got to say my Bulldog. He’s been my ride or die and my best bud for 8 years now, so I take advantage of all the time I can with him.
Q: What's the bravest thing you’ve ever done?
A: I think my decision to leave the world of retail for a completely new career path in my 30’s. It was an industry that I was incredibly proficient in and it paid well. However, none of that mattered once I finally realized how it affected my mental and physical health. I threw out the “maybe tomorrow” mindset and made it happen. Never been happier!
Q: What’s your spirit animal and why (this can also be a person/role model)?
A: My spirit animal is definitely a penguin. I have absolutely no idea why but if I’m coming back as an animal, I want to be a sharp dressed penguin. Maybe with a bowtie birth mark to match.
Q: If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
A: I’ve had this crazy dream my entire life where I find myself in a hospital visiting families who have loved ones battling cancer. In this dream I have the ability to take the cancer away and fight it myself. Unfortunately, I would get super sick but ultimately survive to help someone else in need. So, if the Avengers come calling, I think I could pitch in with my healing powers.
Q: One cause that you’re passionate about?
A: I’ve recently had the incredible opportunity to learn about the Make-a-Wish Foundation. I knew that they sent children with life threatening illnesses on trips to Disney World and to swim with dolphins in Hawaii. But it wasn’t until I interacted with these brave kids and their families that I truly understood what a non-profit organization like Make-a-Wish means to them.
The organization’s goal is to make sure these children have the chance to escape their reality, experience euphoria and if even for the smallest window of time, live fully in their greatest fantasies. Every chance I get, I support their cause.
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