SANTA CLARA − Daniel Ni had just started a promising career as an engineer, but when he was given a chance to pursue his true passion, he left it all behind to follow his heart. “My background is actually in engineering,” he explains. “I studied it in college and started doing it professionally after graduating. However, I’ve always had a passion for cars, so when an opportunity arose to do automotive window tinting with a family friend, I decided to take advantage of it. I immediately loved it, and I’ve been doing it ever since.”
Today, as owner of Mr. Tint, Daniel says his favorite part of his job is wowing his customers. “Window tint is good for UV protection and other functions, but it also really changes the look of a vehicle, so when my customers pick up their cars and see the difference, it’s very satisfying to see how amazed and impressed they are.”
Born in Burlington, Vermont, Daniel was raised in San Jose, where he continues to live today with his wife, Evelyn. As a former engineer, he says he appreciates the cutting-edge atmosphere of his Silicon Valley locale. “With my engineering background, I’m very interested in technology, so it’s nice to be living in the technological capital of the world. We’re the first to see the latest innovations and we always have a pulse on what’s going on.”
Outside of work, Daniel has a variety of hobbies and interests, from playing sports to sampling local cuisine. “I enjoy playing golf and basketball, as well as going to Golden State Warriors games,” he says. “I also like going out with my wife and trying new restaurants in the area.” Additionally, Daniel and Evelyn like to travel on a regular basis and see different parts of the world.
In regard to his life and career, Daniel espouses the importance of maintaining a balance. “I’ve always been a hard worker, but I’ve also found it’s important to have a balanced life,” he affirms. “When I first started Mr. Tint, I was working pretty much nonstop to develop the business and make sure things were running smoothly. At this point, thanks in part to having a great team, I’m able to devote a little more time to relaxing and enjoying myself.”
When asked the first thing he’d do if he could retire tomorrow, Daniel says he probably wouldn’t. “I used to believe in retirement, but since finding a career I’m passionate about, it’s not something I think about anymore. I’m already happy with what I’m doing every day, so why would I want to retire?”