Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Rod McDaniel

Roderick “Rod” McDaniel grew up in the Tony Sudekum housing projects in downtown Nashville, and has grown to become the Chief Executive Officer of the largest Nashville-based electronic recycler, S3 Recycling Solutions. At a time when the City of Nashville is focused on sustainability and environmental stewardship, S3 today is celebrating 10 years in business. S3 services customers across the U.S. and Canada, creating client-specific e-waste solutions to help organizations dispose of surplus equipment in a safe and environmentally responsible manner. Some of S3’s clients include Tennessee Valley Authority, Nissan and Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Rod’s mother was a retail sales manager, his father was a retired veteran of the United States Army, and his grandmother was a lifetime food service public servant. He lived most of his childhood life below the poverty line and shared housing with his grandmother and 11 other close family members.

Rod is a product of Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, graduating from McGavock High School. He began his career as a technology specialist with MNPS, and at the time was the youngest person ever hired in that role at MNPS.

In 2010, Rod joined S3 Recycling Solutions. His vision and work ethic have been integral in the growth and expansion of the company, which started with two employees, and now has 15.

Rod’s biggest passion is community service. In addition to completing a company-wide community service activity every month with the S3 staff, Rod is committed to individual service as well. He has coached youth sports, served on the executive board of H.U.G.G.S, a community program for ex-offenders, and served on the Technology Committee for Hendersonville Christian Academy.

Born in 1987, Rod is married to his high school sweetheart, Antonia McDaniel, and they are the proud parents of sons Roderick “RJ” McDaniel Jr. and Nathan McDaniel.