Mark Elliott Daniels, age 61, passed away Monday, April 12, 2021 after a courageous battle with the COVID-19 virus.
Born in Boston, MA, Mark was the son of Marguerite McMahon and the late Robert Esmond Daniels. He was a graduate of Ramapo High School in Franklin Lakes, NJ, where he initially met the love of his life, his wife, Sally Davis Daniels. He went on to earn a degree in chemical engineering from Lehigh University, where he also played tennis and football.
Mark began his career as a serial entrepreneur when he founded his first company at the young age of 23. Lintech would move him to his now beloved home of Greenville, SC. In 1990, Mark rolled the dice, and with little more than an idea, founded Container Management Services (CMS). Seven years later, this idea had grown into a company of more than 300 employees, many of whom remain his friend to this day. Following the sale of CMS, Mark dabbled in private equity for a few years, working as a partner in Azalea Capital LLC. Inevitably, he returned to his roots as an executive and purchased Industrial Specialty Fabrics (ISF) from Azalea Capital. Under Mark’s leadership, ISF thrived and was eventually sold back to the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, who had initially sold the floundering operation to Azalea Capital a few years prior.
Rather than face the boredom of retirement, Mark parlayed the successes of ISF into the acquisition of an industrial chemical container business which became Varicon Solutions LLC. During his tenure at Varicon, Mark took notice of a new and growing market: diesel exhaust fluid (DEF). Just a few days after the sale of Varicon in 2012, Mark founded Titan Chemical Transfer Solutions (CTS), and alongside several of his trusted colleagues at Varicon, began manufacturing diesel exhaust fluid equipment. In 2019, Titan CTS became Blue1 Energy Equipment after acquiring the Buford, GA based enterprise. Mark had served as CEO of the new entity before his untimely passing, where he was both respected and dearly loved by his colleagues.
Mark was a member of the 1st St. Francis Forum, and held seats on the boards of Christ Church Episcopal School, The Red Cross, Greenville Children’s Theatre, Greenville Country Club, and the SC Governor’s Cup. He was an avid fisherman and golfer, but found the most enjoyment in his role as a husband, father, and grandfather. Mark will be remembered by his family and friends as a man who did everything to the fullest, and lived “a big life.” He was a genuine, honest, hilarious, and fiercely loyal individual who will be deeply missed by everyone that knew him.
He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Sally Davis Daniels; his son, Robert Davis Daniels and his wife, Jane; his daughter, Sarah Daniels Moore and her husband, Kyle; sister, Elizabeth Daniels Collins; brother, David Daniels; mother-in-law, Patricia Kenny Davis, seven nieces and nephews, and his first grandchild, Ann Davis Daniels.
The family would like to convey their sincerest gratitude to the staff of the COVID Intensive Care Unit at Greenville Memorial Hospital for their heroic efforts in caring for Mark, and all patients like him.
A visitation will be held on Sunday, April 18, 2021 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the home of his family.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Christ Church Episcopal School in support of the Mark E. Daniels Endowment Fund, CCES, 245 Cavalier Drive, Greenville, SC 29607.