At age 16, while in high school at Briarcrest Christian School, Daphne Large went to work for the consumer reporting company Equifax. She heard about the job opening on her lunch break, and remembers using the school pay phone to set up an interview. Soon she was hired as a mail clerk, working every weekday afternoon. She stayed with Equifax 11 years, managing several departments and rising to the position of assistant regional manager.
In 1989, after key changes in services took place at Equifax, Large saw a chance to replicate some of those services and she founded her own company, which was employee- and customer focused. Mrs. Large says she worked every day to be extraordinary – not extra ordinary – as leader of Data Facts. Today she serves as CEO and majority shareholder in Data Facts, owning 75 percent of the company.
Data Facts is a consumer and business reporting company, dedicated to providing information that employers and lenders can trust and rely on to make sound hiring and lending decisions. The guiding philosophy at Data Facts is People, Customers, Data, Facts. Mrs. Large believes that if you take great care of your people, they will take great care of your customers, who in turn will take care of your company. And they do.
Data Facts has grown from 4 employees to more than 60, most of them local, with customers in 35 states. Of companies in its industry, Data Facts is one of only 2 percent of background screening firms nationally with accreditation from the National Association of Professional Background Screeners.
Data Facts has been named a top Woman owned Business by the Memphis Business Journal, and Mrs. Large was recognized by MBQ Magazine as CEO of the Year in the 1-50 employee category. Data Facts has also been named a Top Work Place, and won the Communications Award from the Commercial Appeal.
Mrs. Large’s professional affiliations include serving as president of the National Consumer Reporting Association, board member of the National Consumer Reporting Association Board, founding member of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners, Secretary and Vice-Chair of St. George’s Independent School Board of Trustees, treasurer of Make-A-Wish-Mid-South, director of the Germantown Chamber of Commerce, director of the University of Memphis Leadership Education and Development Board, member of the Youth Villages Leadership Council, member of the Junior League of Memphis Advisory Board, and board member of the American Heart Association Circle of Red.
Mrs. Large civic activities include supporting numerous non-profits, the Church Health Center, the New Memphis Institute, SRVS, and the Lipscomb & Pitts Breakfast Club.
Mrs. Large’s avocations and hobbies include national and international travel, business and pleasure reading, biking, and spending time with her family in Memphis and at their home in Clearwater Beach, FL.
Mrs. Large attributes her success to the entire Data Facts team, Julie Wink, her business partner since 2005, and the continuous support of her husband Alan and children Trevor and Heather. A native Memphian, she is passionate about Memphis and its future, and believes that to whom much has been given, much is expected. Mrs. Large and her team are committed to having a positive impact everywhere they can.
Data Facts is engaged in providing consumer and business information reporting services to employers and lenders to help them making sound hiring and lending decisions. Data Facts offers a full suite of national and international background screening services to employers for hiring and promotion purposes and lending services to banks and lenders that they need to close mortgage loans. Data Facts also offers employers and lenders consumer related education tools regarding credit, budgeting, etc.
“‘Recognizing a need and being willing to assume the necessary risk to fill it is the simplest definition of an entrepreneur. According to Forbes, entrepreneurs are the real money multipliers. They take $1.00 and turn it into $2.00, $2.00 into $10 and $10 into $100. This is an exciting part of being an entrepreneur, taking nothing – an idea – and turning it into something. Some entrepreneurs change the world and business, as we know it. Others take an existing idea or service and improve upon it or create a new space within which to compete. Entrepreneurs, small business, and free enterprise are the backbone and stabilizing force of our economy. Entrepreneurs are absolutely essential in that they be able to continue to innovate and create. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if every entrepreneur had more than once been self-reminded of Churchill’s speech at Harrow School in 1941. ‘Never give in – never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.’ Words to live by.”
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