Cary Magazine Movers & Shakers: Daniel Whittaker

Position: Owner and farmer at Green Planet Catering, one of the first catering companies in the country to receive B Corporation status; start-up consultant at Whittaker Consulting; point person for International Sales & Private Labeling for Feelgoodz sustainable footwear brand

Favorite accomplishments: “The consistent growth of the almost 8-year-old company started with a shoestring budget. We’ve gone from a team of five in 2007 to having around 75 full- and part-time employees, and built an extremely efficient catering kitchen in 2014, in downtown Cary. We also set the standard across the country for what a triple-bottom-line catering operation consists of. Many other food-focused companies have followed our lead, and I’m happy to see the trend of sustainable operations catching on.”

Motivation: “Challenges and problems. I wake up thinking, ‘I hope I encounter some new problems or challenges today, and learn from each one of them.’ Usually my team helps me through that process.”

Guiding philosophy: “If you aren’t having fun, don’t do it.”

Fun fact: “I’m a huge music lover and play harmonica, guitar and sing. I played in a band that opened for Levon Helm of The Band the year before he passed away.”

Advice: “Talk to everyone you know who is successful and ask them tons of questions. Learn from those who are incredible teachers and leaders.” 


B.J. Lambdin

 

Daniel Whittaker

 

Paige Dick

 

Zankhna Parekh

 

Barry Richburg

 

Michelle Smith

 

Shawn Chase

 

Dr. Allan Acton

 

Kenneth Combs

 

Joshua Mauney

 

Christopher Saleh

Trey Bailey

 

Karla Nantz

 
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