Eric Damassa is the man beneath the mask - Star Wars is his #1 Lovemark
Eric Damassa is Manager of Business Development at SaatchiNY. If you’re interested in delving deeper into the world of Eric, you can visit his website, check out his LinkedIn or follow him on Twitter.
Photos taken by Sasithon Pooviriyakul, an Account Supervisor at SaatchiNY. You can see more of her work on her website.
1. What do you do at Saatchi & Saatchi
I manage the Business Development group.
2. What was your first job?
Lifeguard on the beach, brah.
3. If you weren’t at Saatchi & Saatchi, what profession would you most like to try?
When I grow up, I want to be either a rock guitarist or a video game designer.
4. What motivates you most?
A neurotic obsession with out-doing myself.
5. What blogs, magazines, books, papers or websites can you not live without?
CNN.com, NYTimes.com, Facebook, Gamespy.com, Wired.com, Mint.com, Google.
6. What are your Lovemarks?
Apple, Fender, Star Wars.
7. What’s your best “nothing is impossible” story?
I challenged Charles Saatchi to a walk-off…and won.
8. What is your favorite place in the world? Why?
My parents house in Westport, CT. It’s quiet, beautiful, and there are trees (imagine that).
9. Who do you most aspire to be like?
I want to beat James Cooper at table tennis.
10. If stranded on a deserted island and you could bring only one thing, what would it be?
A pair of sea turtles on which to escape…using rope made from the hair on my back.
11. Tell us something surprising about yourself.
I created the piano key neck tie. Also, I’ve run a marathon.
12. What’s your DOT?
Spend as much time naked as possible to cut down on water wasted doing laundry.
13. What’s your favorite creative pursuit?
I like to pick up my guitar and noodle around a bit.
14. What led you on the path you’re on today?
From a career perspective, I blame my Dad.
15. Do you have a motto?
I have a “No Soliciting” sign in my office. Does that count?
16. What do you do for fun?
Rocking the 6-string and nerding it up (movies, cartoons, videos games).
17. What’s your favorite client story?
Since I don’t work with clients on a regular basis, I’ll share my favorite pitch story.
We booked an executive coach to drive the Saatchi & Saatchi leadership team to a final presentation. It was a couple hours away, so it was a smart way to travel: comfortable, relaxed, and the team would be able to further rehearse.
The driver calls that morning to let us know he had arrived at the Saatchi office…and that they had decided to “upgrade” us. That “upgrade” was a party bus – complete with two stripper poles, ridiculous lighting effects, flat screen TVs, and pieces of black feather boa blowing out of the A/C vents from the bachelorette party that had commissioned the vehicle the night before.
Not quite the professional travel solution we had envisioned.
18. What’s your favorite thing to do in NY?
The restaurants. Striphouse is the current favorite.
19. Whose your favorite artist/musician/designer?
20. When’s the last time you gave a standing ovation?
Doobie Brothers concert I went to with my Dad and Brother a couple months back. Those guys kick some serious ass for senior citizens.
Eric on the SaatchiNY Roof Garden