ImagiNation with Daniel Simmons


Daniel Simmons

CEO & President of The Garden Group Inc.

Occupation: CEO & President, The Gardan Group Inc d/b/a The Ivy Buckhead

Age: 40

Favorite Productivity Tool: GMAIL - it's incredible the amount that can get accomplished with email

Most Recommended App: CNN - I love to keep up with current news.

Last Thing You Read: I just read 3 books, So You're Going to Be a Dad because Yvette and I are expecting our first child, The New Gold Standard about Ritz Carlton, and The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k for a perspective outside my own sometimes. // //

Instagram handle@theivybuckhead // @southernbirmingham // @queenparksocial

Tell us about your journey.  My journey began with my parents.  They were kind enough to make a deal with me that if I got into UGA then they would pay for my rent but all other expenses would be on my shoulders so I had to make money.  I began working as a doorman in Athens and worked my way through every position from the barback, bartender, manager, and finally owner.  Then what started as one establishment turned into two, then three, then four and so on.

What's your favorite part of your day? My favorite part of my day is getting to work alongside the great team that is at each of the establishments. I love talking with them and hearing about what they are trying to achieve personally and professionally.

When do you feel most successful? I don't know that I feel successful completely. But in the past, I always appreciate the feedback that I've had from former employees that have gone on to do great things when they say that I positively influenced them in some way. That makes me feel successful on a personal level.

What do you do to recharge when you’re feeling drained? I like to play golf or travel to someplace tropical with my wife. The ability to get out and see new concepts inspires me to continue to do new projects and refine my business.

What do you know today that you wish you would have known when you first got started as an entrepreneur? That there is no such thing as 8-5. It's 24-7-365.

How do you optimize your day? I optimize my day with scheduled meetings and working through strategies to improve the businesses each day.  Sometimes I'm successful, sometimes I just have to play defense. Every day is similar and different all at once.

Who is the person/people who allowed you to imagine more? There are so many, I've always wanted more from as long as I can remember but to name a few. Robert Kiosaki from Rich Dad Poor Dad gave me a perspective that opened up a mental door that I was knocking on but couldn't open on my own.

What does imagining more mean to you and your story? I imagine myself owning a handful of concepts or consulting to help other business owners not make some of the mistakes I made to improve their bottom line.

If you could do more of one thing every day what would it be? It would be nice to walk on the beach and feel the sand and surf beneath my feet with Yvette and (soon to be) Mason.

Favorite social media platform? IG