Up next in our series of employee profiles, we’ve got Dan Bombard. Dan is FiveFifty’s Account Manager who specializes in social advertising. He’s also something of a rock star, but we’ll let him tell you that in his own words.
What did you do before starting with FiveFifty?
I worked as an Account Manager for paid social media campaigns at AdTaxi Networks. They operate out of the Denver Post building downtown. Previous to that, I worked at a design, branding, and merchandising agency in Boulder, CO called Anthem Branding.
What has surprised you most about working with FiveFifty?
I was surprised by how little I knew about the online advertising ecosystem before working at FiveFifty. I have learned a lot about programmatic display advertising since starting here.
What might someone be surprised to know about you?
Someone might be surprised to know that I sing and play guitar in a rock and roll band. We aren’t popular or anything like that – we play maybe once a month at a small bar or venue for fun. My band-mates are fellas I went to high school with in Boulder. We weren’t extremely close at that time, but we ran into each other outside of a venue last year and decided to try playing music together. We’ve been playing consistently since then. Our music has mostly classic rock influences.
How do you spend your free time?
I really enjoy reading graphic novels. My favorite graphic novel series right now is a series called Essex County by Jeff Lemire. I also enjoy tinkering with my electric guitars. My favorite electric guitar to play right now is a Gibson SG that I bought from a friend a few months ago. I also enjoy playing ice hockey on the weekends. My ice hockey team plays on Sunday nights and we were the champions of our division this season. I was on vacation in Thailand for most of the playoffs, but I made it home in time to play the championship game.
What do you wish other people knew about FiveFifty?
For people who are in the industry – I wish they could learn a bit about the way we approach programmatic advertising in-house. In general, I think people still have a great deal to learn about programmatic advertising and the value it creates for agencies and brands. For people who are not in the industry, I wish they could know what programmatic advertising means for the future of advertising and their experience as a person who uses the internet.
How would your friends describe you?
My friends would maybe describe me as a busy person who is active in the local community, an outgoing person who maintains a lot of friendships, or perhaps someone who makes valuable personal connections.