Team Bio Series — Dan McAuliffe (Aspiring MacGyver)
Dan McAuliffe. Big Dan. Dan the Man. Danny-Boy. Dan-the-Destroyer-of-Worlds. Clearly, we’re still workshopping the nicknames here on one of our newest team members. Dan is the content strategist here at Merchant Maverick, a mostly thankless job given our historically laissez-faire attitude toward content creation. What makes Dan tick, other than SEO? Read on to find out.
Name: Dan McAuliffe
Title: Content Strategist
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Current city: Los Angeles
Education and background: I studied economics in school and have a degree in international business management.
Merchant Maverick department/specialty: Content strategy
Proudest professional moment: Convincing all my co-workers to jump out of a plane in a gambit to prove we’re not nerds to a client.
Favorite Merchant Maverick post/moment/opportunity: The best things are yet to come.
What do you do when you’re not working?: I like to listen to rap music outside wearing a big hat. Always haggling with the sun — “How much sun is too much?” — Still no definitive answer, but there’s a tan under every sunburn!
What superhero do you identify most with and why?: Lex Luthor. Seems like a cool guy. Kidding. Batman. His powers are business and technology.
Favorite 90s song: Big Pun – Capital Punishment
Favorite 80s movie: WarGames
What is your breakfast?: Eggs. If they’re fried eggs, there has to be toast to soak up the yolk.
What skill have you always wanted to learn?: I’m gonna go ahead and use “MacGyver” as a verb here
If you could live anywhere else in the world, where would you live and why?: I’d live on a large boat that changed homeports every month or two. What better way to see the world? But I’d have to do some big-time nature philanthropy to absolve myself from the eco-sins of yacht ownership.
Mac or Windows?: Been riding with Mac since before Nanosaur.
You’re given an unlimited budget at any retail establishment. Where do you go and what do you buy?: I’m coming for every single slide style sandal at Discount Shoe Warehouse.
So that’s Dan McAuliffe. He is a perpetually sunburned, sandal-wearing rap-enthusiast who likes runny yolks. And while we absolutely do not believe him when he demurs about not identifying most with Lex Luther, we hope he’s here to stay for a while, because we desperately need someone to MacGyver up a lasting content strategy for us. (Simply grow a mullet, and we will supply you with all the duct tape your heart desires.)
Interested in reading about other members of the Merchant Maverick staff? Check out our team interview series.