Daniel Trotter graduated from Reinhardt University in 2007. While a student at Reinhardt, Daniel was a resident assistant on campus, a member of the Judicial Council, a Reinhardt Captain (student recruiter), and played on the baseball team. Daniel also worked for Chick-fil-A while attending college.
“Dr. Yelvington was a big influence on
my life during my college years..."
After graduating college, Daniel moved to the West Coast and opened his own Chick-fil-A restaurant in Scottsdale, AZ. Daniel is married and enjoys the weather of the west coast, but he still visits Georgia to see his family a few times a year.
Daniel credits his experience and education in the McCamish School of Business as being very beneficial. He said it helped prepare him to be a more successful business owner. He now uses his skills to interpret market research. He uses this information to develop marketing promotions and reach his target audience. He said he also uses the accounting skills he gained in college to review balance sheets and make decisions on how to operate his restaurant.
Daniel was very active on campus and a great student. He not only made friends on campus, but he also got well acquainted with his professors. He developed a strong relationship with Dr. John Yelvington, who teaches finance and accounting for the School of Business. In a recent interview, Daniel said, “Dr. Yelvington was a big influence on my life during my college years. He is the type of guy that has a passion for teaching, and it shows in the way he conducts class. I know 100 percent he cared about me as a person, and I could go to him any time. The fact that he made the five-hour drive to come to my wedding then go back all in the same day says a lot about him as a person.”