McCanners of New York | 59th Edition

McCanners of New York | 59th Edition

How long have you been at McCann and what do you do here?

I just celebrated my 2-year McCanniversary in January.

I’m an Account Director on Lockheed Martin, Facebook, Logic and some other fun biz here and there.

What do you do when you’re not working?

I indulge in as many of the following as possible, ideally simultaneously: roam the Earth for the best food and craft beer, cook, revel in my own head-scratching musical tastes, passionately support US Soccer, learn the triumphs and hardships of homeownership, and most importantly, spend time with my wife and rescue dog.

What would your DJ name be?

Going off nicknames I’ve been handed in the past, I’d have to go with DJ Scratch N’ Sniff, Koletar The Barbarian or Reptar

Who are your creative heroes?

In many ways, my mom. She’s one of the most multi-talented, resourceful people I know and is disproportionately great at pretty much everything she tries. In retrospect, she probably inadvertently taught me to always be my own harshest critic.

Also, Trent Reznor. Guy is a creative genius.

Lastly, a motivated, slightly agitated (creative director) Josh Grossberg.

Favorite quote?

Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large numbers.

Two truths one lie?

I sported a vast range of hair colors and styles in my teenage years, including blonde leopard spots and dreadlocks. (True)

While DJing at my college radio station, I accidentally travelled with Ozzy Osbourne’s guitarist to his next touring location after our interview ran long. (False)

I nearly severed two of my finger tips on a boat cruise in Fiji and was treated with a hefty dose of native narcotics until I could be rescued the next morning. (True)

What was the weirdest prank call that you have made?

I did a pretty solid impersonation of one of my previous clients. So naturally, I’d occasionally leave voicemails for my team members relaying extremely bizarre feedback. Once they started following through on it, it had gone too far.

What are you currently obsessed with?

I was a diehard pro wrestling fan into my early college years and I recently starting tuning in again when I need a solid distraction from the real world. Once you can appreciate it for what it is (a testosterone-fueled soap opera), it’s good, shameless, addictive fun.

Name a character trait you’ve inherited from your parents.

I'm Hungarian (Dad's side), which means I have an opinion on just about everything and feel the need to express it outwardly with very little provocation.

What would be your last meal?

I’m a taco fiend, so I’d probably request a sampler of tacos each filled with some of my favorite foods: Maryland jumbo lump crab cake, chicken fried steak, Maine lobster, gambas al ajillo, a crusty, smoked ribeye…you get the idea. Accompanied by two pints of West Coast style IPA.

I’m not really a sweets guy, so for dessert: a charcuterie board.

What is your greatest fear?

I have a pretty irrational fear of electrical fires. As a child, I’d sleep a solid foot away from the head of the bed for fear that my pillow case would get caught in an outlet and set ablaze. As an adult, I’ve conquered this fear – I only check the coffee pot three times before leaving the house.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Losing valiantly to (North America President Chris) Macdonald and (CSO Steve) Zaroff in the first annual Truth Well Brewed Pool Tournament alongside the best teammate a guy could ask for (Geordie Larratt-Smith). Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose?

Who are your heroes in real life?

My parents. In retrospect, I would have kicked me out of the house on innumerable occasions, but they found a way to teach me the dignity and respect that would serve me well in adulthood, while still letting me enjoy what it was to be a kid and make mistakes.

What is your motto?

Ask for forgiveness, not permission.

If you could live at any point in history what point would that be - and why?

I’d say Medieval times, but dying from gout in my mid-20s doesn’t sound all that appealing. I’ll go with the Caribbean Pirate Era. I may still contract scurvy, but at least the scenery and sense of adventure would be better. I also just really like the word ‘swashbuckling’.

What is a piece of information people would be surprised to hear about you?

I’m currently on home brewing hiatus, but a few years back, I brewed all the craft beer for my brother’s wedding. There was a chocolate stout aged on Hungarian oak (nod to my heritage) and a sour cherry mead-style honey ale.

Your worst habit?

I’m a very aggressive walker on city streets. If you walk slow, stop short unexpectedly, use the wrong side of the staircase, or even worse, try to check your phone while walking…it usually doesn’t end well.

If you ask my team, it’s my travel habit at airports. I don’t like to be rushed or inconvenienced whatsoever when flying, so I’m perfectly content getting to the airport with 3-4 hours to spare.

Best piece of advice someone has given you?

Skip the S. Take the 7 to Grand Central.

Pick two celebrities to be your parents.

Christopher Walken and Jane Seymour. Getting life lessons from Christopher Walken would be priceless, and I’d never get sick with Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman looking after my wellbeing.

What’s your spirit animal?

My family actually assigns spirit animals to people at birth, so this one was answered before it was asked. I’m the bear.

If you could have drinks with 3 people dead or alive, who would it be?

My two grandfathers and one grandmother – the three grandparents with whom I’ve never had the honor of sitting down for a drink.

Name one song that would be on the soundtrack to your life?

Loverboy – Working For The Weekend

Also, at least a dozen Nine Inch Nails songs.

First celebrity crush?

Alicia Silverstone in Clueless. Easy.

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