COLUMBIA — Missouri football fans know him as the former Tigers quarterback who plays for the New Orleans Saints. But Chase Daniel is also a 26-year-old businessman who is the president and co-founder of 10Star Apparel, founded in 2011.
While attending MU, Daniel was selected as one of the Mizzou '39, an award that recognizes students for academic achievement, leadership and service. He also was a two-time candidate for the Heisman Trophy during his Missouri football career. But the purpose of Daniel's visit to his alma mater Friday afternoon was to discuss his business.
“The reason I ended up in the apparel business is because, let’s be honest, people are always going to be wearing clothing,” Daniel said. “At least I hope, right?”
Daniel told audience members that 10Star was the "brainchild" of Bryan Elliott, CEO of 10Star's parent company, B & E Industries Inc. According to 10Star’s website, B & E Industries has more than 20 years of experience in the apparel business and is based in Arlington, Texas.
Daniel said he wanted to leave the audience with a single idea — to invest in your relationships, future and self.
In response to audience members' questions, he said that it's difficult to separate his performance on the field from his business.
"There is definitely a fine line there because I feel like when we're doing better in football, we're doing a lot better in 10Star," he said. "And when we're doing bad in football, we're doing horrible in 10Star. And I have to do a better job absolutely of drawing that fine line and separating those two."
Daniel's appearance nearly filled the auditorium at the Trulaske College of Business' Cornell Hall. Although the audience did ask questions about Daniel's business experience, many were also interested in his football career.
MU freshman accounting major Chloe Armstrong said she primarily attended the event because Daniel has always been her favorite quarterback. But she took away his message on the importance of pushing outside one's comfort zone and setting goals.
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