4WARD: Big Picture


By: Eric Danos

“Change is inevitable. Growth is optional.” - John Maxwell

If we had our choice, maybe we wouldn’t have scripted the challenging industry we are in today. But I see buds of potential peeking through the dust of this downturn. Our team is building and shaping this organization with an eye toward long-term success. Even in these tough times we have many things to be proud of. So many things are being done to mature Danos into a greater company – one that sets the standard for operational excellence. In particular, I’m proud of what you are doing to live out our purpose. This is our highest calling as an organization - purpose, not revenue, will determine our success.

Two recent examples of living our purpose come to mind. Last week one of our own Danos family members was offshore and found out his wife had passed away. Many of you jumped into action without needing direction or permission. You did everything you could to help him out in the most difficult of times. Someone who watched it unfold told me “this makes me proud to be here.” I couldn’t agree more!

The other is our newly formed Danos Foundation. A staff member saw that we were not fully applying ourselves to the part of our purpose that says we will solve challenges for our community. As owners we were challenged with the question, is solving big challenges for our communities really part of our purpose? We decided the answer was yes. Then, a group of employees was off and running creating what is today the Danos Foundation. You will hear much more about this, but let me just say that our work through the Danos Foundation will be one of the pillars of our legacy as a company.

We work for a great company. It may not feel great every day during the battles, but it is. I am proud to celebrate successes and fight with you through adversity. Keep our purpose in mind and continue the impressive work you are doing.

Eric Danos

Eric Danos oversees the company’s finance, safety, human resources and land activities. A third-generation owner and member of the Danos Board of Directors, Eric began his career at Danos in 2004 as an operations manager for the international labor division. Eric has a B.S. in Marketing from Louisiana State University and an M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business.


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