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About Me

Daniel is an award-winning media producer who has contributed to dozens of feature films, 60+ episodes of network television, and over 350+ commercial media projects. As an entrepreneur, he has helped kickstart numerous long-standing businesses, including award-winning Solis Films and Searchlight Locations. He is a standing member of Teamsters 728 and a fully-endorsed voting member of the Location Manager's Guild.

In 2022, Daniel created Rhythm League, an XR mixed-reality esports show that aired live on Twitch Network with tens of thousands of viewers to critical community acclaim. His efforts as the showrunner culminated in a successful pilot season with over 500 multilingual competitors, influencers, and volunteers from around the world. He now serves as a member of Atlas Rhythm, an educational VR gaming startup working with creators and scholastic institutions to bring the Rhythm League esport format along with VFX, game design, and S.T.E.A.M curriculum to students internationally.

 

Daniel grew up competing in traditional martial arts and swimming athletics. As a part of USA Swimming, Daniel competed at an international level as an Olympic Trials qualifier, racing some of the greats including Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte. Daniel found his love for Virtual Reality Rhythm Games in early 2018 with the rise of Beat Saber. He is currently in the top 2% of players internationally, and credits the esport to helping cope and overcome lifelong health issues including herniated discs and Crohn’s disease.

 

A former speech and debate champion, Daniel enjoys public speaking and thought leadership on a variety of topics and has been a regularly requested presenter for organizations including the VRAR Association, VRTO Spatial World Media World Conference, 5 Million Cups, and numerous Chambers of Commerce conferences. He is passionate about health & wellness, esports, inclusivity & accessibility, the mindfulness movement, and facilitating the growth of effective organizations that benefit the lives of everyone involved. His humanitarian work includes coaching USA Swimming for over a decade, serving on VRAR’s International Committee for Education, and volunteering for Promise Place’s Teen Dating Violence Prevention Program.

 

Daniel met his partner, Liz, a fellow distance athlete, while competitively swimming in 2010. Liz is an elementary special education teacher at a local public school. They live in a log cabin outside of Atlanta, GA with their daughter (Olive), cats (Hippo & Margo), and tarantulas (Vagans and Curly).

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