When Daniel Gage graduated in 1971 from Friendswood High School, he was proud to be from a small town with its quality values and to have a camaraderie of close friends. He didn’t realize he would bring an international flair to the area as an adult.
In April, 1976, Gage opened Shear Pleasure Hair Salon, the first modern, contemporary salon in Friendswood. In 1996, Shear Pleasure Salon and Day Spa was selected to be a member of Intercoiffure, a prestigious international hair dressing organization. Only the highest prized leading hair salons hold membership in this organization. Intercoiffure determines the standards of the industry and created the hairstyling statements that establish seasonal beauty trends.
On October 10, 2013, Gage will be recognized and honored as a Distinguished Alumnus of Friendswood High School and will join five others being honored at a banquet at The Green Event Center in Friendswood.
Gage is not known for the salon alone but has impacted more than 250,000 teenagers in the nation from 1982-1992 when he hit the road doing War on Drugs school assemblies. He also spoke in churches, at youth rallies, and youth organizations. “In 1980 after seeing the drug scene destroy some of my friends and acquaintances’ lives I got a real burden to do something that might help teenagers make right life choices and say no to drugs,” Gage said “In 1989 my “War on Drugs” school assembly received an endorsement from Bill Bennett the Drug Czar appointed by President H.W. Bush.”
In 1984 Gage completed work at the Southwestern theological Seminary and continues his work today in the ministry by working with troubled teens.
He also works with the Gage Group Capital Fundraising Consulting Organization. The Gage Group, since its beginning, has provided consulting for over 500 successful capital campaigns assisting pastors and church members to raise in excess of one billion dollars.
Although he was impacting many outside of his hometown, he was also aware of what it needed. In 1997 when there were more youth wanting to play football than there were football teams to do so, Gage was part of a group of dads who founded and organized the Friendswood Colts as a new youth football league. Later, in 1999, he and two other dads founded and organized Friendswood’s first Pony Baseball League. Gage served as its first president.
Gage is married to Darleen Tait Gage, a 1973 FHS graduate and the two have three children. Gage was nominated for the Distinguished Alumni group by Elaine and Walter Manning, Junior and Mike Morgan. Tickets for the Distinguished Alumni banquet are $50 each or tables for 10 for $500. For more information, contact Angie Vegas at [email protected]