Ed Danberry is a former Army veteran whose never give up attitude and philanthropic outlook on business and life has positioned him into the successful leader that he is today. After a business opportunity introduced Anthony and Ed, Anthony knew that he had to have Ed on the show to discuss Ed’s path to leadership and his ability to connect with others and give back. Ed is the CEO of Group One Investments, LLC. He is also a jack of all trades when it comes to business and has experience in multiple facets including banking, finance, sales, marketing, operations and distribution management.
Throughout his life, he has come across many obstacles, some personal and some professional. At about 40 years old, Ed had to rebuild his career after he was terminated. Shortly after his firing, he found out he had cancer. After going through surgery and treatments, he had to rebuild his life. When Anthony asks how he stayed mentally tough and focused throughout that time and how he continues to do so, Ed explains that “You need to realize that you are the only person in charge of what you do. People can’t hold you back; you can hold yourself back if you put roadblocks in place, but only you can take those roadblocks down and go forward.”
Ed makes it a personal and business mission to help others and to give back. He believes he can make change and takes creative time to think about solutions and create opportunities for others. His company makes an extra effort to try to hire as many veterans as possible. The business also partakes in many philanthropic ventures and has partnerships with not-for-profit organizations. Because so many gave to him, Ed feels as though he should give back to others. He is grateful to have had so many mentors and teachers in his life that helped him become the person he is. One of his role models is Gunnery Sergeant John Basilone whose heroism inspired Ed.
Never shying away from a challenge, Ed is currently writing a new book titled ‘Profit-centered Accounting’. He advises that companies should spend less time focusing on expenses and more time focusing on revenue and where it is coming from. With each new project and endeavor Ed takes on, he uses his business strengths and skills to succeed while doing everything with kindness to help others have the opportunity to succeed as well.