dan kivela

Team Stirista: Dan Kivela

1.) Tell us more about your daily and overall responsibilities, and what your average work day looks like.

I am responsible for managing the Great Clips Grand Opening program, which involves selecting audiences for new salons, as well as setting up and optimizing as many as 15 concurrent digital campaigns, and creating reports in Tableau for each participating franchisee.

I also handle custom data projects for our clients. Anything from simple data appends to standardizing client files for matching with our data sets or analyzing a client’s customer data to help them effectively market to their unique customer base.

2.) What do you like best about working at Stirista?

I love the culture here at Stirista. The environment is one that rewards innovation and experimentation, even if a project ultimately isn’t successful. We are always improving our processes and it feels great to contribute to the company’s offerings.

3.) What excites you most about your job?

Every day that I come to work, there’s always a new challenge. I’ve been at Stirista for over a year and every week has included something new for me to learn.

4.) Tell us about your background. What did you do before coming to Stirista?

Before Stirista, I lived in Colorado Springs and Denver. I worked in and managed a few deli departments in the grocery industry. In college, I had a lot of difficulty pinning down what I wanted to be when I grew up, so I studied everything from Culinary Arts to Astrophysics.

5.) Tell us something we don’t know about you or that others might be surprised to learn about you?

Even though I went to college (and spent the majority of my 20s) in Colorado, I grew up here in San Antonio. I played hockey from ages 11 to 28 and still watch the Colorado Avalanche play any chance I get.

6.) What advice would you give to someone interested in your job?

Don’t be afraid to fail. In a lot of cases, the best way to learn is to make mistakes.  As long as you take something positive away from a failed effort, you’ve still made progress.

About the author

Stirista began as an ambitious project from an apartment in San Francisco. But as office space expanded, so did our client base. After a few short years, we have worked with the largest healthcare insurance provider in the world, the biggest telecommunication company in the US, and some of the most prestigious universities in the country. We are on the preferred vendor list for a handful of Fortune 500 companies, with three of the ten largest companies in the world turning to us for...


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