MESSAGE FROM THE CEO
It’s fair to say since our beginning in 2001, our firm’s journey has been nothing short of remarkable. From the beginning, we have used our core values to differentiate ourselves from other firms that do what we do. Our team is committed to the principle that success is measured in terms of client satisfaction and employee engagement. This success is accomplished by identifying the right staff members for each engagement and making sure our talent is invested in and excited about the work we do. I encourage independent-thinking consultants with the skills to achieve client project objectives. They are supported with the full breadth and depth of company resources which may be applied to each assignment to exceed client expectations. Our team of highly qualified associates offers a proven combination of specialized training and experience, technical competence, desire, and effort that makes our success possible.
Our success as a national company is more than a story of performance. It is a story of individual and collective growth, of integrating the right people with the right skills and experience into the right team, and of the commitment and focus to execute the work for our client partners. I firmly believe our diversified practices permit significant flexibility to pursue our passions while collaborating to improve the journey for each member of the team.
I am excited about the emerging leadership in the firm and what we have achieved for our clients. As we plan our continued growth with new associates and expanded services, we benefit from a daily commitment to our core values of diversity, growth, teamwork, customer-focus and professional development. This commitment will benefit our corporate culture, our clients, and the communities where we live and work.
In its most basic form, the J|D story is really about having the guts to launch an aviation consulting firm right after the tragic events of 9/11. The story may be simple, but rest assured, creating a company from nothing was anything but simple – to say nothing of the challenging environment created as a result of the worst aviation tragedy in history.
Years before starting J|D, Darryl was active in the Airport Minority Advisory Council as a board member and officer. He served on committees and chaired the national Airport Business Diversity conference five times. It was through this organization that he developed an admiration for the owners of small, women- and minority-owned businesses. He saw many small business owners excel in an industry that moved the nation. The toughest question he had to ask was – could he build a business and, if so, how could the business journey be different? This led him to the concept and vision of not just creating an aviation consulting firm, but a management and operations firm that provides opportunities for minorities and women and advocates for small, women- and minority-owned business programs.
After many long conversations in the fall of 2001, Darryl invited his colleague and friend Brad to join him in this mission and create a unique corporate culture within a very traditional transportation consulting industry. Both were enjoying successful careers as airport planning and implementation consultants, but the desire to build something new and unique moved their entrepreneurial spirit. They had developed an amazing working relationship and friendship and believed that their enthusiasm and vision would be recognized and embraced by others as well.
Clearly, starting a company was the really big decision. Darryl and Brad will tell you that every decision after that pales in comparison. They will also tell you that leadership is fueled by a tank full of optimism. To start and build a company, you have to be able to see the next opportunity and believe it can happen, even in the midst of adversity. That is how J|D came to be.
With staff located throughout the United States, Jacobsen|Daniels is in proximity to nearly any project in the country. Our staff includes teams of planners, engineers, architects, project managers, concessionaires, facility operators, and management strategists available to provide expert advice and services. We value a diverse workforce and believe it to be critical to providing the best services for our clients.
OUR MISSION: To improve the journey.At Jacobsen|Daniels, we look at things through a different lens. We see everything we touch as a journey, and to us, the journey is every bit as important as the destination. Whether it is a journey for the community, a journey for our clients, or a journey for our staff, our vision is to “See the journey, differently.” The best way to get from Point A to Point B may not always be the straight line. Diverging from the direct path uncovers things to be learned and experiences to be had. Our mission is “To improve the journey.” We strive to not simply take the easiest or most obvious path, but to find the right path for every situation. We believe that through our core values, we can improve the journey for all our staff, our clients, and our communities.
OUR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
J|D is a certified DBE, SBA 8(a) and ACDBE company. We also hold many MBE and SBE certifications in the cities and states where we do business. We view our certification status as a value-added component to all the other attributes we bring to the table. Our certifications can help airports and their tenants meet minority participation goals and are important for private sector clients who value supplier diversity. Our certifications are not a guarantee of a percentage of the work. They are, however, a valuable tool for us and our clients to distinguish themselves from competitors, help fulfill minority participation goals, and bring well-rounded and unique perspectives to projects.
J|D is a proud member of the Airport Consultants Council (ACC), the Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC), and a Corporate Member of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE).
In addition, many of our staff are affiliated through various organizations such as: American Institute of Architects (AIA), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), American Planning Association (APA), Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).