Going Against The Grain: Daniel Eng

Daniel C. Eng is an owner of several real estate brokerages and commercial investment shopping centers in the DFW market as well as an ATG 2017 Year-Round sponsor, community activist/leader, and father of two children. For the past few years, he has been and still is a great supporter of ATG, and for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month we would like to highlight this extraordinary individual who knows what it means to give and exemplifies #beCAUSE.

Born and raised in Dallas, Texas as a Chinese American, his family roots date back from Chinese immigrants since the late 1800’s when his great-grand father came to build railroads in the US. Daniel’s father, T.K. Eng immigrated from Hong Kong in the mid 1950’s where he later on established the real estate foundation for the Eng family. Growing up watching and learning from his father, Daniel gained an interest in Commercial Real Estate Brokerage & Management at an early age. 


Daniel graduated in 2001 from Franklin College Switzerland with a BA in International Banking and Finance and started his career and passion in Commercial Real Estate. He has served on Board of Trustees for his College for 3 years and is still active in the College’s Alumni Association. He has served as the 2016 President for the Dallas AREAA Chapter (Asian Real Estate Association of America), the Director for Dallas CCIM Cultural Diversity Chapter in 2011 (Certified Commercial Investment Member), the IREM Dallas Chapter Board for IYP in 2012 (Institute of Real Estate Management ), voted to serve on the City of Richardson’s Chamber of Commerce Board of Advisors for 2011-2012, 2013 National Association of Asian American Professional DFW Chapter Senior Advisory Council, 2017 Board for North Texas Commercial Association of Realtors and is an active member at Grace Chinese Baptist Church in Plano, TX. 

Daniel has a daughter and son who attends the Christian Academy in the DFW Area and will hopefully take over the business and learn to serve others in need.

Full Name:
Daniel Carson Eng

Plano, Texas

Current City:
Plano, Texas

Chinese American

What does it mean to you to “Go Against The Grain”?
Going Against the Grain means to find what your purpose in life is and what gifts our creator has given you to help others in need.

What made you decide to pursue a career in this industry?
Growing up in a Real Estate Family, I had the opportunity to see many different aspects of the industry and met great partners to work with to make my career fun. Having great partners and friends are key to my passion in helping others and meeting new people.

What have been some of the challenges you faced/lessons you learned as an Asian American in this field?
There are always different daily challenges with my profession, but being an Asian American and speaking multiple languages has helped overcome those challenges and bring a positive impact.

What do you feel is your biggest accomplishment and why?
I think the biggest accomplishment so far in my life is having a supportive family and learning to be a father. There are always struggles and challenges that change daily on being a parent and husband.

What’s up next?
Continuing to help my real estate agents more to help them feed their families as well as looking to focus more on my family and health.

Quote to live by:
There isn’t a translation for this but was a comfort word my dad used to scream out when I was down or home alone. I started using it with my kids and it is something funny to cheer them up.”

-Yakka Maka Sukoo

Sign (Eastern Animal Sign & Western Zodiac):
Sheep / Virgo

Passionate about:
Capturing moments through photography and connecting with people by helping those in need.

Favorite food:
Authentic Italian seafood & homemade pasta  

Can’t live without:
I think my family would say that I can’t live without my iPhone, which might not be a good thing. We all should get some Mobile Phone Detox once in a while.

I Go Against The Grain #beCAUSE:
Doing what you love and knowing it will help others along the way is the best way to live life.

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