The Life of Daniel Wilkins
Daniel Wilkins is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), providing tax and accounting services to companies and high-net-worth individuals for over 26 years. Currently he serves as partner at Deluzio & Company LLP while also founding and producing artistic director of DASSdance (a multi-media contemporary dance company) which has performed at Diane von Furstenberg Theater, DanceNow Festival and Dumbo Dance Festival among others in New York.
Early Life and Education
Daniel Wilkins was born in Vermont on January 24th 1855 to John Wilkins, Elizabeth Brown Jones and 10 other siblings.
He served in both houses of congress from Pennsylvania; 21st congressional district; as a judge and attorney.
Pastor Wilkins currently holds several important leadership roles within North Enoree E&M Baptist Association of Greer & Spartanburg Counties: Moderator; First Vice President of North Enoree Sunday School Congress; Cooperative Board Member from 1987 – 1996 in Greenville County; 2nd Vice Moderator of North Enoree Union Association of Churches; Chairman of North Enoree 3-Night Revival Committee Chairman; Instructor at N. J. Brockman School of Theology.
Human Highlight Film truly lived up to his nickname during an era of NBA classics, winning two slam dunk contests and developing memorable rivalries with Michael Jordan and Larry Bird among others.
Wilkins led the Hawks to a 42-40 record and finished second in scoring while recording an outstanding 117 steals tally. Additionally, Wilkins scored 30 or more points five times while tallying seven double-figure performances.
Wilkins is also the founding and producing artistic director of DASSdance, an innovative multi-media contemporary dance company which has been presented at such venues as Diane von Furstenberg – The Theater, DanceNow and Joyce Soho in New York; On the Boards Theater Bagley Wright Theater Velocity in Seattle as well.
Achievement and Honors
Wilkins joined the NAACP as executive secretary in 1955 and played an essential role in many significant civil rights victories such as Brown vs. Board of Education, Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act passage. Furthermore, Wilkins cofounded both A Philip Randolph’s Leadership Conference on Civil Rights as well as National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Councils during this period.
At Indiana University he held the Henry A. Upper Chair for Orchestral Conducting, championing nonviolent protest and opposed any use of violence during the Civil Rights Movement. Furthermore he strongly denounced communist elements within it and denounced suspected and actual communists within it. For his efforts he received two honors awards: Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards’ Lifetime Achievement Award as well as Longy Conservatory Boston’s honorary Doctorate in Arts honorary Doctorate degree award; additionally Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards awarded him with their Lifetime Achievement Award; in Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards won them both awarded by Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards while Boston Longy Conservatory awarded him with their Doctorate degree award; additionally Indiana University granted him with their Henry A Upper Chair of Orchestral Conducting!
Daniel Wilkins was a passionate sports fan and loyal supporter of HBU basketball, but also was dedicated to his family and community. A hard worker, generous man with an eye for humor; Daniel leaves behind a wife in Shay and two sons Jacob and Alex who will remain his legacy.
Daniel has been involved with the acquisition and disposition of over 8 million square feet of real estate space for industrial users such as ACCO Brands, Paper Source, GPA Filtration Group. Additionally he advised upon and executed real estate strategies for national accounts as well as suburban Chicago market industrial users; Daniel was part of Marcus & Millichap Investment Sales Team.
Wilkins has amassed his fortune through investments in minority businesses, particularly communications firms. His long-term stake in Radio One paid off handsomely over time.
Wilkins has served on the boards of several organizations and companies dedicated to minority broadcasting and communication, such as minority radio. Additionally, his strong background in business management and finance allows him to get the most out of his team members.
Dan was an amazing father, son, husband, brother and friend whose presence will be felt deeply by those he touched. May you rest in peace until we meet again-Shayleen Crystal Asay