Daniel Slaten of Flooring and Design Gallery in Leeds is a man with a mission.

Daniel Slaten of Flooring and Design Gallery in Leeds plays a role in the community that many people might not realize.

Whenever he gets the chance, Slaten uses fishing, which is something that he has enjoyed since he was a young child, to brighten the lives of local foster children.

Slaten said that when he was young, his grandfather began taking him fishing, and he felt like having that hobby helped to keep him out of a lot of trouble. “I got my first boat at the age of 16 and I have been taking people out fishing ever since,” he said. Slaten spends time with children from a variety of local organizations, such as the Kings Ranch and the Pell City Boys and Girls Club.

A few years ago, Slaten joined the team at Flooring and Design Gallery, which recently moved its business to Parkway Drive in Leeds last July to expand. He said that he really likes the business opportunities and experiences that his job gives him, and he added that he also really likes the people he works with. “I love this job. Where else can you go and hang out with friends all day,” he said.

Slaten attends North Valley Church in Odenville, where he is a deacon and helps out with the youth group, and he said that he likes the contemporary service at his church.

Earlier this week, Slaten said that he was involved in something that he would like to keep doing. “I went to the Jimmie Hale Mission for the first time to tell people about God...I really enjoyed it,” he said.

“My number one goal is not all about being successful in business, but when I walk into somebody’s house, I try to mention something about God,” he said.

Slaten, who is originally from Pinson and graduated from Pinson High School in 2001, is now a resident of Odenville with is wife, Ashley, who he married October 6, 2007.

Slaten, who said that he is a big Alabama football fan, loves fishing, hunting and spending time with his wife, friends, family and German Shephard, Saban.

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