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March 11: Theresa Alfaro Daytner
Theresa Alfaro Daytner
Across the United States, women such as Theresa Alfaro Daytner are shaping the economy by opening new companies and expanding existing ones. As owner of Daytner Construction Group, Daytner has grown a small business into a thriving company that manages multimillion dollar construction projects
Theresa Alfaro Daytner, CEO of Daytner Construction Group, has always had entrepreneurial passion. She has spent a lifetime preparing and searching for the right product or service to build a business around.
After graduating from high school, Daytner decided that studying accounting would be a good foundation for understanding the internal workings of a successful business. She earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting at the University of Maryland in 1989, after giving birth to her first child and her first business.
That first venture was a residential roofing company where Daytner wore all the hats of a typical small business owner — CFO, CEO, saleswoman, estimator and, most importantly, laborer. She continued to run this company while taking a full-time position with a prominent Washington, DC, CPA firm and gained valuable exposure to successful organizations and their leaders.
Next on the journey was working as a project accountant for a large, regional general contractor, where Daytner gained experience in the daily operations of an established and successful business enterprise. Then, in 1991, Daytner passed the CPA exam and hung out her shingle as a business consultant and tax practitioner. During the 11 years she was engaged in her practice, she helped many start-ups fulfill their entrepreneurial dreams by developing strong business plans and sound financial objectives. In 1996 Daytner was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year by the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce.
Finally, in January 2003, Ms. Daytner launched The Daytner Corporation, now doing business as Daytner Construction Group (DCG). DCG performs commercial construction management, general contracting and related consulting services for public agencies, institutions and private clients. The company has consulted as a project manager or owner’s representative on construction projects ranging from $6 million to $86 million in scope. It recently added a general contracting division for projects from $10,000 to $10 million. These projects include a white water rafting course, dormitories, parking garages, biomedical labs, churches, classroom buildings, recreational facilities, data centers, office buildings and federal facilities. Ms. Daytner has also developed strategic alliances with complimentary companies in order to expand DCG’s scope of services, including CM at Risk and Design/Build projects.
As a leader in her community, Daytner is the past president of NAWBO-DC Chapter and also past president of the Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; she is also an appointee to the MDoT MBE Advisory Council and the Maryland Workforce Development Corporation. She has been fortunate to represent her communities at The White House this past year at both the Small Business Summit and the Jobs Summit. Daytner has also testified before the U.S. Senate Small Business Committee in an effort to increase Congressional support for programs supporting the small business community, specifically with regards to job creation and federal procurement. Ms. Daytner is a frequent speaker for American Express OPEN’s efforts to encourage more small businesses across the country to access the federal market.
She received recognition for her efforts to support and advocate on behalf of Women Business Owners by receiving the Maryland SBA Woman-Owned Business Advocate of the Year in 2009 and was named the Small Business of the Year that same year by the Maryland Small Business Development Centers. Daytner was also recently recognized for her entrepreneurial success and named a finalist for the coveted 2010 Maryland Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Under Ms. Daytner’s leadership, DCG has earned a spot in the INC 500/5000, ranking #882, in 2010 for revenue growth from 2006 to 2009. In 2010, she was named one of Fortune’s 10 Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs, an accomplishment that has been in the making for over 40 years!
Ms. Daytner lives in Mt. Airy, Maryland with her husband, Allen, and their four youngest children, Michelle (15), Candice (12), Logan & Matthew (both 9). In her spare time, she is a grandmother to Camryn Elizabeth (1 month),(daughter to Katherine (22) and son-in-law, Clint (24)) and has a supporting role to her 24 year old step-daughter, Alysha. She loves to bike, hike, dance, travel, read, learn and explore and recently checked a few items off her “bucket list”: a half Ironman triathlon in 2009 and in 2010, a 200 mile, four-day bike road of the entire C&O Canal towpath and a cross-country camping trip with her family.