Employee Spotlight: Dave Daily

POSTED BY on Jul 16, 2015

Dave is a new member of the Hornall Anderson team. With many years of agency and corporate experience under his belt, he recently joined us by way of Target Corp.’s creative department, and before that, worked with brands such as United Airlines, Best Buy, Dell, and UnitedHealthcare.

Meet Dave Daily, Account Director at our Seattle office.

1. Are you from Seattle? If not, where are you from? 

I was born and raised in St. Paul/Minneapolis, the land of 10,000 frozen lakes and heavy snowfall. Yes, I know how to ice fish, and yes, I consider my subzero heritage a badge of honor.

2. Before working here, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?

MANY years ago, I worked for a large company that made Christmas wreaths. I was responsible for unloading boxes of gigantic pinecones and spent endless hours twisting together wired bundles of fake berries. Chances are, if you ordered a Christmas wreath in the early 90s, I touched it in some way.

3. What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?

I love anything outdoors – which is one of the reasons I ended up in the Pacific Northwest. My biggest passions are running, hiking, kayaking, cycling and skiing. And my next goal is to master salmon fishing. I’m also a budding home chef and a board game junkie (my current favorite is “Sentinels of the Multiverse”).

4. What is one thing you couldn’t live without?

Besides the basics (air, food, water), I’d have to say a really good book. Books are the perfect escape and a way to occupy my mind despite what’s going on in the world, namely a mix of non-fiction or mystery/sci-fi.

5. What is your hidden talent?

Since childhood, I’ve been the go-to entertainer for my family gatherings as a juggler and magician. I can still juggle, but my magic tricks have mysteriously disappeared over the years.

6. What is your biggest pet peeve?  

Ironing. The iron is my arch nemesis, and some of my favorite shirts end up hanging in the closet because I haven’t gotten around to ironing them. But there’s good news. The handheld steamer saved me. For some reason, I love using the steamer every morning, while the poor iron is just rusting away on a shelf somewhere.

7. What is something most people would be surprised to know about you?

I'm a huge Disney fan. Growing up, my family would take an annual road trip to Disney World in Orlando, FL. We'd drive straight through from St. Paul, MN...24 hours packed into our minivan, stopping only for food, fuel and the restroom. Even today, I still have an affinity for Mickey and the gang, and I'm not ashamed to admit that I try to go back to Disney World every few years or so with my mom and sister.

8. Name 3 things on your bucket list (things you really want to do or places you want to travel to someday).

  • Learn how to scuba dive
  • Hike a volcano (preferably a dormant one)
  • Eat my way through Italy

9. What is one of your personal mottos or favorite sayings?

“I have no special talent; I’m only passionately curious.” Albert Einstein

10. Name a favorite line from a movie.

“Cinderella story. Outta nowhere. A former greens keeper, now, about to become the Masters champion. It looks like a mira…it’s in the hole! It’s in the hole! It’s in the hole!” Bill Murray, Caddyshack

11.  What is your favorite part of your job? What makes you excited to come into the office every day?

I’m not a copywriter or a designer. But I get to be a daily source of inspiration for that type of creative work, while helping my clients to be a part of the process – all coming together to create and innovate in ways that help their businesses grow. All in all, it’s a pretty cool gig.



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