GLEN DAKAN, 34
Founder/CEO of Pure Pursuit Automotive
Glen Dakan just opened a car dealership in the Crossroads. Yes, you read that correctly.
His luxury sports car boutique, near 16th and Walnut, boasts a shiny Maserati, a hard-to-find $107,000 Mercedes Benz and a sexy blue BMW, among others, in its high-tech showroom.
Car enthusiasts from around the region have already road-tripped to Kansas City to ogle the eye candy and take one out for a spin.
To create a less intrusive sales environment, prospective buyers use borrowed iPads to learn more about each car and the local artwork on the walls. A giant interactive screen allows people to virtually build their dream car.
Dakan, who earned his MBA while serving in the Navy, started Pure Pursuit Automotive two years ago as an online dealership, selling cars to people all over the country.
Now, the Las Vegas native is sharing the love with his new hometown.
A First Friday launch party will be held for Pure Pursuit Automotive at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 2. More info at purepursuitauto.com.
From wings to wheels: Before pursuing his entrepreneurial dream, Dakan was a naval pilot. He credits his leadership skills as a business owner to being a lieutenant commander in the Navy.
“At the age of 26, I was flying missions in Iraq,” said Dakan, who still serves in the Navy Reserves. “I was in charge of 13 people in the air and 120 on the ground. You can’t replicate that kind of responsibility anywhere.”
Kansas City, here I come: Living in Tampa, Fla., while working on his business plan, Dakan would often read news stories highlighting Kansas City’s burgeoning tech scene. It was a big factor in relocating his family to the area to start Pure Pursuit Auto.
“It’s not just hype — Kansas City is an exciting place to be,” Dakan said. “Google Fiber came here before anywhere else, which is huge. Sprint is here and streetcars are coming and real estate is turning around rapidly in places like the Crossroads.”
A hot wheels enthusiast: Dakan is selling his passion. He grew up obsessed with high-end sports cars.
“Sure, you can drive it like a regular car, but you press one button and it turns into a fire-breathing monster,” he said. “The technology behind luxury sports cars is so beyond anything else. They’re race cars, basically.”
Outside the classroom: “You can learn about business in a textbook, but doing it in the real world is way different,” Dakan said. “Every day there are problems you have to overcome, and it can be mentally exhaustive. If you’re an entrepreneur, you better like roller coasters because that’s what it feels like — you have endless ups and downs, but the exhilaration is worth it.”
Family man: “When you build something worthwhile, something else in your life will take a hit,” he said. “Unfortunately for many people, that’s family time. My wife and kids are what keep me going, so I always make sure to have time for them, even if it’s just having lunch or dinner here at work during a busy day.”