In Andy’s early career, he advanced quickly through the ranks of major companies in the agriculture industry, starting as a commercial grain merchandiser and moving on to commodity trading. This set the stage for his evolution into the futures trading and brokerage business. After working for a number of years for a major global firm, he struck out on his own and formed Daniels Trading in 1995. Daniels Trading has become one of the country’s leading commodities futures and investment firms in the agriculture space. Andy sold controlling interest in the company to GAIN Capital in 2014, and has a continuing leadership role in the firm.
The driving force behind Andy’s success has been a passion for early-stage ideas with the potential for impact and profit along with helping others build successful businesses to express that potential. He has been a student of the often crooked and bumpy path of young companies as they attempt to build a business around an innovation and shepherd it to fruition. Over the years, he has invested in dozens of early-stage companies and served on numerous growth-stage company boards. In addition, he has started several innovation companies of his own.
He now channels this passion and his in-the-trenches experience to a select group of high-impact initiatives by serving on their governing boards. And, of course, he continues to be an active angel investor and has an innovation project or two of his own. Andy’s core focus is technology innovation, particularly in the agriculture and health sectors, that can address growing food shortage and health issues. His efforts continue around a project started in 2003 in northeastern Brazil to demonstrate that marginal land can be economically repurposed for agricultural production. He recently founded Kronus Innovations, a bio-agricultural company specializing in tailored applications using Ultra-LowRadio Frequency Energy technology to improve efficiencies in plant science, animal health, and biofuels. He serves on the Board of Directors for Pendleton Square Trust Company in Chattanooga, TN, Capitalogix Trading in Coppell, TX, and he serves as a Regional Board Member for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Andy is currently pursuing a fellowship with the National Association of Corporate Directors.
Andy and his wife have three grown children and live between their homes in Florida and Idaho. He is an avid outdoorsman and a world-champion competitive BBQ chef.