Conversations with Dan Celap

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Today we’d like to introduce you to Dan Celap.

Dan CelapHi Dan, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I was born in Former Yugoslavia, and my family was forced to move to Canada because of the Balkan War in the early 90’s. As a young boy growing up, I witnessed my parents working multiple jobs and barely getting by. I seen the struggles my parents were going through and I knew that they were doing this for the family. This motivated me to be the best person I can be. I didn’t want their struggles to be a wasted effort.

Growing up, I played a lot of sports, which I believe played a big part of developing my personality. I was constantly around a group of individuals that one goal in mind, which was to win while working as a team. I took this mindset and applied it to the workforce.

After I graduated from college, I got an entry-level position with Enterprise Rent-A-Car. Ten years and five promotions later, I was an established leader in the company but decided it was time for a change. Sometime after, I was introduced to Aleksandar Jovicic through my cousin. After Aleksandar and I got to know each other, he told me about a start-up that he was launching called “Generated 3D” in Miami. Learning more about through multiple conversations, he proceeded to offer me the role of Sales Director. I look forward to what the future brings in Miami.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
As you can imagine, moving to a new country could be tough for many reasons. One of those being forced to learn a new language. If you factor in moving at three years old, I basically had to learn two new languages at the same time. Another reason is because we left a war torn country, all we had was the clothes on our back. No money, no clothes, not even baby pictures. I grew up watching my parents working two or even three jobs just to get by. Seeing this is what made me realize their sacrifices and that I had to do something about it.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am the Sales Director Generated 3D. We are based out of Downtown Miami that does architectural visualization, interior and exterior rendering along with video animation. With the work of our genius in-house design team, we are able to show the true potential of a home. For example, we are able to take 2D drawings and turn them into 3D. This really allows one to immerse themselves into this simple blueprint drawing of a home that hasn’t even begun to be built.

Dan CelapWhat I am most proud of is that this really speaks to somebody like myself, I never really had an artistic mind and creativity when talking about designing something. Being able to see what my home will look like before it even exists really seems amazing to me. Especially when you are talking about spending hundreds and thousands of dollars on something that doesn’t even exist yet. We have been getting away with 2D drawings because that’s all we had, now it’s time for a change.

I believe that one of the things that sets us apart is our in-house design team in Serbia. Not only are they the best in the industry, they also allow for us to have a quick turn-around time so our clients aren’t waiting long for their designs. We don’t have to worry about waiting for another company to make the designs for us. What this is also does is that it saves us from paying and training another company.

Is there a quality that you most attribute to your success?
What has brought me success is my ability to get through the hard times. Even when it seemed like things weren’t getting any better, I stayed persistent and put in the work to get better. Moving from Yugoslavia and learning another language isn’t the only hardship I’ve had in my life. That being said, I knew I had to just keep moving forward and try to get better every day at everything that I do. I’m not afraid to fail as much as I am afraid to regret not trying. In my eyes, not trying is failing.

Therefore, being able to power through difficult situations by having a positive mindset, believing that things will get better by continuing to put in the work is what had brought success to me.

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