June 10, 2013
Please introduce yourself and tell us about your role at KS&R.
I've been with KS&R for over a year now, working primarily on the FedEx account. I really enjoy the fast-paced environment, and having an opportunity to work on quantitative and qualitative engagements in both the U.S. and internationally.
As a child, what was your answer to the age-old question, "What do you want to be when you grow up?"
I wanted to be a pro baseball player. 10-year-old Dan had it all figured out.
Why were you drawn to a career in market research?
It really happened by chance. I had just finished my M.S. in Math from Syracuse University, and was looking for a way to apply my quantitative skills in business. I was referred to KS&R by a friend and it's been a great fit ever since.
If you could do an internship with anyone in history, who would that be?
Theo Epstein. He took a baseball team (that happens to be my favorite team) that hadn't won the World Series in 86 years and brought them two in a span of four years. He accomplished this by making a lot of gutsy decisions that weren't always the popular ones. That's something I really respect.
What is the most used app on your mobile phone?
I'd have to go with the Weather Channel app. Living in Syracuse, half the year I'm checking to see if I need to wake up early in time to brush snow off my car and the other half I'm checking to see if the thunderstorms will stay away from the golf course.
What is the longest you have queued in line, and what was it for?
When I was a kid, Six Flags amusement park introduced the "Superman the Ride" roller coaster - boasting speeds of over 80 mph. I couldn't wait to ride it! The line was about 5 hours long. I'm not sure which wait was harder - the wait my dad, cousins, and I experienced in order to ride it, or the wait my mom, aunt, and grandma went through to watch us ride it.
If you could have a lifetime supply of anything under $5, what would it be?
Titleist golf balls. I'd never feel badly about hitting one into the woods again.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I'm happy right now, so I'll pass on changing something.
What's your go-to fast food meal?
I don't eat fast food often, but when I'm driving somewhere and need to grab a quick meal, nothing hits the spot quite like a spicy cheesy burrito from Taco Bell.
What is the silliest bet you ever made?
I made a bet that I could go a year without drinking coffee. I won!