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Distinguished Speaker Series

The E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration formed the Distinguished Speaker Series in 2014. The purpose of the series is to connect the CCU academic community with highly regarded and successful business leaders, many of whom are Coastal Carolina University alumni, and to strengthen the relationship between the Wall College of Business and the business community.

Spring 2018 Distinguished Speaker Series

Daniel Ross '07

   Director of Distribution and Builder Sales 

Thursday, Nov. 8

Time and Location: 
11 a.m.
Johnson Auditorium


Daniel Ross' Bio

Daniel Ross grew up in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. After enduring 18 years of harsh winters, Ross knew he wanted to move somewhere close to the beach where he could enjoy longer summers. After visiting CCU’s campus, he made the easy decision to head South to attend college. He immediately found friends in the Coastal community, many of whom are his closest friends to this day. After graduating in 2007 with a degree in finance, Ross relocated to Charleston, S.C., to begin his career.

In 2009, an opportunity presented itself through a startup home automation company titled Savant, located in Cape Cod. Ross relocated to his hometown and started an entry-level inside sales associate position. Over the last decade, Ross shot through the ranks at Savant, becoming the first director of national sales in 2013. In 2015, he became the company’s director of business development, and along with a small team, created the builder/developer channel of Savant, which today represents more than 20 percent of Savant’s installations nationwide. His proven leadership and strategic thinking have afforded him the opportunity to develop new vertical markets for the company.

Today, Ross oversees the builder channel and the recently launched North American distribution channel that is projected to increase Savant’s customer base by 300 percent within the next 18 months. He is currently spearheading a venture that will lay the groundwork for the electrical and commercial channels for Savant.

Ross lives in Austin with his girlfriend, Chantel, and his French bulldog, Gunner. His success in his professional life has inspired him to pursue additional profit-producing hobbies such as real estate development and investing. When Ross is not meeting with customers or negotiating new contracts, he enjoys traveling, golfing, sports, performance cars and following Coastal Athletics.

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