A native of Brooklyn, NY, Daniels began his tech career when he enrolled as a Touro student. At NYU Langone Health, Daniels began as a systems analyst, worked his way up the ranks and was eventually promoted to senior IT analyst/product manager. After working in the technical healthcare field for almost a decade, he decided to pursue his MBA at Syracuse University in the hope that this advanced degree would open the door to new opportunities.
“During my time at NYU Langone, I was responsible for the applications and technologies that physicians used to collect clinical data and communicate with their patients. I led new and innovative technologies and worked on projects to improve patient safety and care. Despite some amazing opportunities, I wanted something more exciting. During the pandemic, I had the opportunity to reflect deeply on myself and realized that I wanted to make a living working somewhere that would allow me to pursue my passion for basketball,” Daniels explained.
Working at the NBA
Daniels spotted a senior product manager job opening at the National Basketball Association in the spring of 2022.
At the time, the NBA was preparing to launch its direct-to-consumer app, which would deliver NBA games and content directly to fans. The revamped app would allow fans to watch their favorite teams and/or games directly on their connected devices. The app would also enable greater fan engagement and collect customized data to provide a curated, fun experience.
“In my role as product manager, I have the task of supporting our technical and commercial teams in optimizing the application. Our teams present and evaluate emerging technologies and work with business teams to develop and execute product roadmaps for application growth,” said Daniels.
Daniels added that working for a company that has a great work culture and values is a priority. He added that at a time when most people wanted to work remotely, he couldn’t resist the urge to pop into an office space adorned with NBA memorabilia and even the championship trophy.
“I joke about it, but I’ve gone from a suit and tie to a basketball t-shirt and sneakers. Leaving that and going to work somewhere where the company has players who look and sound like me and where I feel accepted and valued for what I bring to the table is an amazing feeling,” Daniels said.
For students looking to pursue a similar career path, Daniels advises not to be too hard on yourself, embrace their unique traits, and keep an open mind to learn new things. “Shaq said something that always appealed to me, which is to focus on what you’re good at, not what you’re only good at. It’s good to sharpen your edges, but focus on enhancing what really sets you apart. Also, I recommend reading as many books as you can, meditating, taking time for self-care, and securing important mentorship,” added Daniels.
Giving back to the community
Aside from his career, giving back to the community is important to Daniels. He serves as the Brooklyn Board Advice Chair of the Madison Square Boys and Girls Club, an organization whose mission is to provide a safe, stable, and supportive environment for youth in New York’s underserved communities. Daniels leads the board on fundraising, building business partnerships and other opportunities that can provide access and resources to youth and young adults at her Brooklyn clubhouses.
“Touro taught me that if you want something, you have to put your mind to it, and I keep that in mind with every step I take professionally and personally,” Daniels said.