Get to Know Our Team: Brent

Hailing from Coldwater, Ohio (“the only place you can take a hot shower in cold water”), Brent Hartings now lives in Baltimore with his wife and two children. As our VP of Email Operations, he wears a lot of hats, and always brings a sense of humor to the table.

Tell us how you wound up at Den Aviary.
I’ve been mercilessly following Jason [Sisley, our founder] around for years. I started my email operations career in Chicago at Rewards Network and followed Jason from there to CareerBuilder to run the B2B email program. Then I joined Groupon pre-IPO to manage lifecycle and channel email operations. After that, I ventured south of the Mason-Dixon to join the Havas Baltimore agency, managing email operations for Liberty Mutual Insurance and Sonic Drive-In, among others. I parlayed that agency experience into a return to Jason’s side and have been heading up email operations for Den Aviary for the last 4 years.

That’s a lot of email! If you could have the personal email address of anyone, who would it be?
Bruce Springsteen.

Any hobbies?
I have a 4 year old and a 1 year old.

Yup, that’s a handful! Ever get out of the house?
My wife and I went to Barcelona with friends a few years ago. We ate our way through the city, filling up on all of the paella, croquettes and charcuterie we could handle. We toured the city’s architecture and relaxed on the beaches of the Balearic.


Mmm, Spanish food. Do you cook a lot?
I’m not sure that anything I cook gets more than 3 stars, but I do make a mean Old Fashioned.

List your pocket contents:
Keys, wallet, chapstick, 30 cents and a House of Kabob receipt.

Guilty pleasure song:
Alexa has been playing a lot of “Hand Clap” by Fitz and The Tantrums the last couple weeks.

Best advice you’ve ever received:
Peel the banana from the opposite end.

GIF: how do you say it?
Choosey moms choose jif.