Kendall and Geoff Bailey of The Bailey Company with Douglas County Commissioners Chair Jill Repella
Bill Daniels, the billionaire that helped make Denver the cable capital of the world, had many pearls of wisdom. Daniels Fund President and CEO Linda Childears, whose mission is to honor the intent and values of its founder, shared some of the history, vision and those words by which Bill Daniels lived. Childears was a banking consultant who met Daniels in 1987. He hired her quickly and her ride with the colorful character full of compassion, ethics and integrity was an exciting one.
“Adopting” Linda, when her father passed, he even became the screener for her suitors and escorted her down the aisle to be wed to Don Childears of whom he approved.
“Integrity defined the man and he was most proud of establishing Young Americans Bank (teaching financial literacy to youth),” Childears said.
Many remember his Cableland, the mansion that opened its doors for many charitable events. Another legacy is Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver.
Linda Childears, Daniels Fund president and CEO, with Opportunity Coalition Founder Brian Watson and Kentwood Company Realtor Edie Marks
From a chapter of Daniels’s own words: “Live a life of meaning. Give just for the sake of giving. Believe in yourself. Understand the secrets of success (Contacts. Contacts. Contacts. Be visible and get involved. Always integrity. Perform. Perform. Perform).”
He had his own struggles and was for the underdog and giving a second chance. Before he passed in 2000, Daniels’s estate was passed to the Daniels Fund making it one of the largest foundations in the Rocky Mountain Region. Under the fund, there are boundless opportunities for scholarships including non-traditional ones, such as returning military and first responders. Funding areas include: aging, alcoholism and substance abuse, amateur sports, disabilities, early childhood education, K-12 education with needed reform – charter schools and vouchers, ethics & integrity in education, youth development, homeless & disadvantaged. Above all – being No. 1 in everything with case studies at universities for competition. Childears’s favorite part of the job is visiting grantees. Her own legacy? Education and scholarships. For more information, visit www.DanielsFund.org.
“Bill Daniels embodies what it means to be a successful entrepreneur,” said Brian Watson, the entrepreneur himself and founder of Opportunity Coalition. OC is a nonprofit organization to help promote free enterprise and opportunity throughout Colorado by connecting and inspiring business and thought leaders from around the state. The group meets monthly at one of Watson’s Northstar Commercial buildings called the Innovation Pavilion – a business incubator for “youngsters” from middle school to those in their 80s.
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