Daniel Defense

Face of Defense

Daniel Defense

Meet The Daniels –  Marty Daniel + Cindy Daniel + precision firearms = Daniel Defense, recognized by Inc. Magazine for three years running as one of the fastest growing private companies in America. This year marks the 15th anniversary since the Daniels paired to start the small firearms business which engineers and manufactures custom and readymade rifles, parts and accessories, worldwide.  
Marty serves as the engineering brains; Cindy is Executive VP and Chief Marketing Officer. “We’ve worked very hard, and it has taken a long time to get here,” Cindy says. “I’m still blown away by the opportunity we’ve been given,” her husband adds. 

Things didn’t come easy, though. After failing out of the engineering program at Georgia Southern University - twice, Marty’s mother got him a job working in the sawmill. “My mother was continuing my education, and I didn’t even know it,” says Marty. Not only did Marty talk his way back in for the third time, but made the Dean’s List and graduated with an electrical engineering degree. 

Soon after, Marty decided to go into business for himself; his garage door and fireplace company eventually became the first home for Daniel Defense in 2001. Although Daniel Defense was still a small company, in 2003, it went toe-to-toe with every major defense-industry manufacturer for the U.S. SOCOM contract. In order to compete, Marty’s father supported his son’s business and bet the family farm. “I remember walking out of the bank with him and thinking, I don’t believe I would have done that if I were him,” says Marty. But Daniel Defense was awarded the contract in 2005. 

Today, Daniel Defense is known for its innovation and quality products. Its end users include the military, law enforcement, and individuals who use rifles for hunting, target practice, competition, and self-defense. Marty and Cindy hope that one day they can get away from the day-to-day tasks and spend more time shooting at the range and hunting.     “I love going to the range and seeing a shooter’s smiling face when they shoot an AR for the first time,” says Cindy. However, they know it will take a great team to accomplish it. “Both of us have learned that we need to hire people smarter than us to help us get it all done. We are on the right path in making that happen,” says Marty. Cindy seconded, “We have a great team.” 

What does tomorrow bring?  As Daniel Defense engineering and production evolves with the next phase of firearm and accessory development, Marty is looking outside the walls of his company for growth opportunities. Last year, he collaborated with Governor Nathan Deal and Georgia Southern University to help create the new Manufacturing Engineering Degree program to benefit the next generation of engineers. 

“Our business relies on confidence in relationships. Having a successful company like this is about having the right people in place.” 

– Marty Daniel, CEO, Daniel Defense

101 warfighter way, Black creek, ga danieldefense.com 912.851.3234

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Events Calendar

  • "Keita Takahashi: Zooming Out" Exhibition at Telfair Musuems

    Jan 24, 2019
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ Jepson Center

    Telfair Museums hosts the first museum survey of the work of visionary videogame designer Keita Takahashi (Japanese, b. 1975). Takahashi is noted...

  • "The Prints of Dame Laura Knight" Exhibition at Telfair Museums

    Jan 19, 2019
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ Telfair Museums' Jepson Center

    Telfair Museums exhibits nine prints by Dame Laura Knight (British, 1877-1970), together for the first time since they were acquired by the museum...

  • Historical Marker Dedication: Susie King Taylor (1848-1912)

    Mar 26, 2019
    11:00 AM - 1:00 PM @ Midway First Presbyterian Church

    A Georgia historical marker recognizing Susie King Taylor will be dedicated at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at Midway First Presbyterian...

  • "Rembrandt and the Jewish Experience" at Telfair Museums

    Mar 15, 2019
    12:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Jepson Center

    This exhibition contains 21 etchings by Rembrandt and one drawing by Rembrandt’s teacher Pieter Lastman (Dutch, 1583-1633). These works highlight...

  • “Jaume Plensa Talking Continents” Exhibition at Telfair Museums

    Mar 01, 2019
    12:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Jepson Center

    Jaume Plensa (Spanish, b. 1955) is one of the world’s foremost living sculptors. He is widely known for large-scale public artworks and more...

  • Fundamentals of Salsa On2 (Mambo Style)

    Jan 16, 2019
    7:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Fit912savannah

    Fundamentals of Salsa On2 (Mambo Style)    Fundamentals of Salsa On2 (Mambo style) is for beginners and advanced beginners  of this type of...

  • Sherrill Milnes Master Class

    Mar 26, 2019
    7:30 PM - 8:30 PM @ National Opera Center, MacKay Studio

    VOICExperience’s annual Opera as Drama week in New York City is taking place from March 24-April 1 this year at Manhattan’s National Opera...

  • Fundamentals of Bachata

    Jan 16, 2019
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ fit912savannah

    Fundamentals of Bachata    Come learn the sensual dance of Bachata with us. We're a small Savannah group and  would love to expand it with dance...

  • Launch Party for 2019 Enmarket Encourage Health Educational Series

    Mar 28, 2019
    5:30 PM - 7:30 PM @ Cha Bella

    Enmarket will present the selected speakers for its sixth annual Encourage Health Educational Series during a kick-off party Thursday, March 28, at...

  • Let's Talk Mental Illness Community Discussion Series: Mental Illness & Faith

    Mar 28, 2019
    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Wesley Oak United Methodist Church

    The fourth event in The ELLA Foundation’s Let’s Talk Mental Illness Community Discussion Series will explore the intersection of religion,...

  • The Annual Savannah Tour of Homes and Gardens

    Mar 28, 2019
    All Day @ Savannah

    Admire the buildings, furnishings, décor and stunning gardens of the most elegant homes in Savannah on the annual Savannah Tour of Homes...

  • Savannah Music Festival

    Mar 28, 2019
    All Day @ Savannah

    Almost 30 years old, this annual 17-day festival is Georgia’s largest musical arts event. In fact, it brings nearly 500 artists from all over...

  • Savannah Golf Championship

    Mar 28, 2019
    All Day @ Deer Creek Course at The Landings

    Every March, golf fans flock to Deer Creek Course at The Landings Club on beautiful Skidaway Island for the annual Web.com Savannah Golf...

  • Master Class with Kate & Kim

    Mar 29, 2019
    5:45 PM - 7:45 PM @ Savannah Power Yoga

    Kate and Kim are going to the SOURCE. They will be studying with Baron Baptiste at the Baptiste Power Yoga Global Summit in Ojai this March. This...

  • Arias on the Eastside

    Mar 29, 2019
    6:30 PM - 8:30 PM @ The Explorer's Club

    VOICExperience’s annual Opera as Drama week in New York City is taking place from March 24-April 1 this year. On Friday, March 29 at 6:30 p.m.,...

  • Horizons Savannah Announces Fifth Annual Louise Lauretti Hoops for Horizons

    Mar 30, 2019
    9:00 AM - 1:00 PM @ Savannah Country Day School

    The fifth annual Louise Lauretti Hoops for Horizons “three vs three” charity basketball tournament will be held on Saturday, March 30, at...

  • Acting FUN-damentals

    Mar 30, 2019
    1:00 PM - 2:00 AM @ Southwest Chatham Library

    Have you ever wanted to act but were afraid to try? Come out for a fun and relaxed intro to acting with Dr. Calvin Walton from GSU! Join us each...

  • Sleeping Beauty

    Mar 30, 2019
    5:30 PM - 7:00 PM @ Savannah Civic Center

    Columbia City Ballet proudly announces its third annual collaboration with the South Carolina Philharmonic in presenting The Sleeping Beauty....

  • Funny Bones, The Comedy of Charlie Chaplin

    Mar 30, 2019
    7:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ Tybee Post Theater

    Charlie Chaplin has been making audiences laugh for over a hundred years now, and you’ll find out why in Funny Bones, hosted by renowned physical...

  • Benedictine Cadets Prom 2019

    Mar 30, 2019
    8:00 PM - 11:00 PM @ Jepson Center for the Arts

    For the Upperclassmen of BC, Prom 2019 will be taking place at Jepson Center for the Arts. For more information, go to www.thebc400.com


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Scenes of the South

The Fire Ball

IAFF Savannah Firefighters gathered together at Savannah Station March 15th to celebrate with friends and family. They welcomed their newest members, honored those that recently retired and acknowledged departments joining from around the world! The event was a blast. From 6pm-10pm guests danced to live music, sampled premium foods and even played with local puppies up for adoption.

Savannah's Newest Hot Spot Opens

SEED Eco Lounge, Barrelhouse South and Rogue Water welcomes a new addition to the family. Vice is located on Broughton at Saya's former location. Few pursuits tap into the pleasures of nightlife more than music. Giving yourself over to the rhythms, the lights, and the energy is a total release. Amazing DJs get the crowds moving, and other patrons ensure that there's plenty to see and socialize with. This sleek and sexy underground spot is sure to be one of the best spots for Savannah's night life.

The Royal Flush Casino Night Presented by Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannah

Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannah hosted “The Royal Flush Casino Night” on Thursday, Feb. 28, at the Savannah Station, with all of the proceeds going to benefit families at the Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire. The casino-themed party will feature heavy hors-d’oeuvres, an open bar, live music, dancing and complimentary casino.

The Telfair Ball

The 39th annual Telfair Ball celebrated the 200th anniversary of the remarkable architecture of Telfair Museums historic buildings and the pioneering legacy of Mary Telfair. This year the Ball was held in Forsyth Park among a myriad of carnival performers and fanciful nymphs. Hundreds of Savannah locals and many visitors came together to celebrate a love of art and South Eastern heritage. The ball supports the future of the Telfair Academy, the Owens-Thomas House and Slave Quarters, and the Jepson Center. Proceeds directly fund the museum's educational outreach, exhibitions, and release activities, bring the benefits of art to over 190,000 people each year.

Hearts for Healing Gala

The Faith Equestrian's Annual Hearts for Healing Gala at Tybee Wedding Chapel on Friday evening started out with a bang as the Free Spirit Orchestra' violin twins played their rendition of some of the greatest musical hits. The attendees were reminded what the event was all about as the founder Bonnie Rachael was recognized after story after story was shared to a room of teary eyed party-goers. Congrats to event director Bonnie Karr and her amazing team for a job well done!

Southern Coast Heart Ball

The American Heart Association's 22nd Annual Southern Heart Ball took place on February 2, 2019 and celebrated all the life-saving advances made so far while raising funds to continue to further AHA's mission. The black-tie gala brought together more than 400 guests to enjoy a night of dining, dancing, live entertainment and both live and silent auctions. Those in attendance got to hear the story of Lily Cochran, who was born with several congenital heart defects. Her father, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, also had a heart disease and was honored at the event.

PUTTING Away Crime

On Saturday, January 12, 2019 Savannah helped McGruff the Crime Dog take a bite out of crime at the Crimestoppers Savannah's 3rd Annual Putt Putt Mini Golf Tournament held at Island Miniature Golf and Game on Wilmington Island. Proceeds went to helping fund rewards for the Crimestopper's anonymous crime tip line.

Dining in the Dark

On Saturday, January 12, 2019, the 3rd Annual Dining in the Dark event presented by The Charles C. Taylor and Samir Nikocevic Charitable Foundation benefitting the Savannah Center for Blind and Low Vision, was held at the Embassy Suites/Downtown Savannah.

Beaujolais Nouveau Day 2018

Savannah's 39 Rue De Jean celebrated Beaujolais Nouveau Day, the official end of this year’s growing season. Harvest is complete and vintners—especially in France—are ready to celebrate the completion of the harvest. Beaujolais Nouveau is a red wine that is annually released on the third Thursday in November. Nouveau wine undergoes a very short fermentation process, and yields an extremely fresh and fruity wine.

A Chefs Collaborative

This five course dinner held at Pacci Italian Kitchen and Bar allowed guests to taste exceptional flavors steeped in tradition. Included were the culinary skills of Chef Adam Barnett of The Katharine Brasserie & Bar, Winston-Salem, NC, Chef Robert Hoffman of Angeline’s Charlotte, NC, Chef Daniel Gorman of The Henley Nashville, TN, Chef Sebastien Rondier of Brabo, Alexandria, VA, and Chef Lauren Teague of PACCI Italian Kitchen + Bar.