As our COO/VP of Business Development, Kevin Gales has been helping build and shape Den Aviary for years. This Northwestern alum was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio and currently lives in Chicago (after stints in NY/NJ and Washington, DC). Get the details as “KG” talks about Kobe, cocktails and his upcoming nuptials.
How did you end up at Den Aviary?
I first met Jason and Andy back in 2005 - we were all a part of the email team at Orbitz. We all left Orbitz for other opportunities and found our ways back to working with each other in the last 4-5 years. We each brought our own skills sets to the team back then and still do today.
What are you up to outside the office?
I play tennis when I can, which is now few and far between. I’m currently helping plan my wedding, so that’s taking a majority of my outside-work time and it’s well worth it.
If you could have the personal email address of any famous person, who would it be?
Probably Kobe. I admire the intensity, focus and craftsmanship that he puts into being the best. It’s a reminder that talent is only part of the equation, to be the best requires much more. There are a few parallels between sports and business, and sometimes I draw inspiration from that type of thinking.
What’s the farthest you’ve traveled? It would probably be a trip to London, UK a few years back (to see an old client). It was a great time to be there, just before Christmastime so the city was electric! Business went well, the people there are fantastic and the whiskey is delicious...
What’s the best food you can make?
Lasagna and short ribs. And I can also make a decent cocktail when the need arises.
List your pocket contents:
Keys, eye drops, my wallet, $23 in cash and a Ventra card.
Guilty pleasure song:
I couldn’t name just one song but I think it’ll include some Rick James, who we weren’t allowed to listen to growing up.
Best advice you’ve ever received:
Control only what you can control. Don’t worry about the rest.
GIF: how do you say it?
Gif, of course. Graphic starts with a hard “g”.