Our second ever Chief World Changer? Our marketing strategist, Aaron!
What’s your favorite part of your job?
I would say collaboration across the teams. I get to be involved with a lot of different things strategy wise, content wise, creative planning, and I have the opportunity to work with a lot of different personalities. There are so many intelligent people working here and there are a broad range of ideas and potential and it’s an exciting environment to work in.
What does it mean to be a world changer?
For me, I think it someone who embodies what we do at Omaze according to our core values. It means someone who has the best interest of Omaze and it’s employees in mind and looks for ways to help out where we didn’t know we had a need or offering expertise in areas where we may be at a shortcoming. Since we are a new and growing business, people have to step up and take things on that they may not be comfortable with or take a stand about information or move the ball forward on a project. It’s really about being a uniting force for people.
Which of the Omaze core values means the most to you?
Be bold. Without being bold we get set in standards, we make assumptions, we accept things at a base level and we don’t push ourselves forward, so to me being bold pushes you out of your comfort zone and gets you to challenge your own beliefs and your own norms and pushes the company forward in a way that it may not go without speaking up. Since we are such a progressive company in terms of the angle to the market that we have without that we are stuck. We don’t move forward. We need people being creative, thinking big conceptual ideas that can potentially change things in a huge way here.
What charity are you passionate about and why?
Right now it is the ACLU. I think civil liberties and the justice department’s angle towards immigration, individual’s rights, minority rights are such important angles for us to have a good line of defense on that. Without their work, without people supporting them, we are leaving the most marginalized people exposed to some really old-school style of thought that is backwards and a lot of people will be done grave injustice if we let those people go unchecked even from our own government. I think right now they’re the most important.
Additionally, I would say anything to do with animal rights, NKLA & The Humane Society, that is more of pet project of mine (pun intended) I have a fundamental strong connection with animals, much on the same way as the human side of human rights there need to be people supporting animal rights. They are a class that need to be protected because they don’t have a voice of their own.
How do you plan on celebrating?
My wife and I are going on a quiet weekend getaway, probably staying local and hopefully bringing our dog.
Describe your perfect day.
Get up, go to the dog park, go out on the sail boat, have dinner at an Asian Fusion restaurant, and finish the day watching Game of Thrones or stand up comedy.
What country do you really want to visit?
Japan. That’s been big on my bucket list. I want to see a few different angles of the country. I want to see the bigger cities, but really get a full perspective of it and get out of the big cities and see old-school Japan and learn more about the history.
Aaron was nominated by Prab for going above and beyond in his role to bridge the gap between business development and marketing. Aaron has set those he manages up to be more successful not just at work, but in life by pushing them to be more bold, human, and collaborative. Aaron is a world changer by empowering those around him and taking a personal approach with a big picture perspective.