Daniel has spent his entire working life in the furniture and interiors industry, initially combining his study of International Economics at London’s Middlesex University with the manufacture of hotel and commercial furniture. His family operated a manufacturing business that supplied hotels across the UK and Daniel expanded this business with a truly international outlook; by the time the business was sold in 2001, more than two hundred staff were employed making upholstery and casegoods within their Derbyshire factory.
Daniel has worked on hotel projects in more than 40 countries around the world, regularly speaks on panels at investor and design conferences and is a member of the International Society of Hotel Consultants.
Alan Benjamin and Daniel have been friends for more than 18 years and became business partners in 2006, following the foundation of Benjamin West International in London. Daniel and his team now operate the most respected and progressive FF&E purchasing firm in Europe. The key attributes of Benjamin West – Accuracy, Integrity & Reliability – are carried out by his team each and every day and Daniel takes every opportunity to promote the fiduciary duties that should be the core of every purchasing agent’s activities.
Daniel is a judge on the European Hotel Design Awards panel, organises the annual Sleep Round Table event is about to start a regular speaking engagement at the world-renowned Ecole Hôtelière in Lausanne, Switzerland.Daniel was one of the UK’s first electric car owners eight years ago and can often be seen recharging his batteries in central London with his dog, Cyril, sat attentively in the back.