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Michael McDaniel

Vice President

One of three founding partners and Vice President of Compass Resorts, Michael McDaniel is the driving force behind the commitment to service and excellence, personally and professionally, that makes Compass what it is today.  He's a patient listener and an insightful coach, because he genuinely cares about each member of his team.  

Michael arrived in the Destin area about 20 years ago.   He fell in love with the beaches and the area’s coastal lifestyle after visiting his wife’s grandmother who lived here. Of all the proud moments he has every day with family and the staff at Compass Resorts, the big moment that stands out the most was the arrival of our first guest for vacation in 2006.  That day meant we had accomplished a huge goal -  start and operate a vacation rental management company.  Today, Compass hosts thousands of guests each year.  And Michael is still proud every time we're given the privilege of recieving guests. 

What are you passionate about? Helping others succeed.  My career has afforded me the opportunity to work with and learn from some truly brilliant and inspirational people.  I enjoy sharing that knowledge with others and creating opportunities for others to reach their potential.

How do you spend your free time?  Off shore fishing, restoring vintage audio equipment, block buster movies in super surround sound, hunting, traveling to new places, off road motor sports (Polaris RZR), cooking for large family gatherings, camping, spending time with family. 

Alternate dream job: Pretty sure this is it.  But If I were to choose something else it would be a professional off road race driver.     

Favorite Quote:  "You have to have bad days sometimes so you can appreciate the good ones." ~ Anonymous