"It's a constant challenge, but it's one that I enjoy – particularly because I find it stimulating to work with so many highly skilled people from so many different countries and cultures."
Daniel Fanger, Chairman of the Board of GrapeCity, Inc. and GrapeCity Group, joined the company in 1983. One of GrapeCity's first three employees, he was responsible for the design and development of LeySer Services for school management – GrapeCity's first product. That product has since become the market leader in Japan, with a presence in more than 2,500 schools and an 85 percent market share among private schools that have accounting software.
In 1990, Daniel moved to China, where he spent almost two years as Vice President of GrapeCity's newly launched subsidiary in Xi'an. He returned to Japan in 1992 to launch GrapeCity's Tools Division, creating the PowerTools brand in the process. Today, PowerTools represent 70 percent of the software component sales in Japan and are also sold in India and China.
In 1997, Daniel was appointed Vice President of GrapeCity Japan and Group President of GrapeCity, Inc., taking over the day-to-day management of the company from Paul Broman, the company's chairman and founder. In 1998, Daniel became President of GrapeCity, Inc.
In 2006, Daniel moved to GrapeCity's sister company, the MeySen Academy, a private school in Sendai, Japan to become the Principal for MeySen Academy. Daniel also serves as the Chairman of the Board for GrapeCity, Inc. Prior to joining GrapeCity, Daniel was Head Teacher at the MeySen Academy, a private school in Sendai, Japan, with over 4,000 students. During his tenure at MeySen, Daniel developed a set of software applications for managing the school, which became the genesis of the LeySer Services product line.
Daniel was born and raised in Japan, receiving the majority of his education from Japanese schools. He majored in education at Tamagawa University and received a teaching license from the Ministry of Education in Japan. Daniel lives in Sendai, Japan, and is fluent in English, Japanese, and Chinese. In his spare time, he enjoys playing soccer, basketball, and volleyball.
Reflecting on his responsibilities as President of GrapeCity, Daniel says, "In order to earn the loyalty of our customers, we need to make sure that we always exceed their expectations. That means carefully selecting and training our staff and finding ways to continually improve our capabilities. It's a constant challenge, but it's one that I enjoy – particularly because I find it stimulating to work with so many highly skilled people from so many different countries and cultures."