Meet our Luvs and Dreft Account Supervisor, Michael Galaburda! Michael is an excellent musician and he loves drunken noodles, but no as much as his mother’s lasagna. Stop by and say hello to Michael, or if you are the less social type you can always follow him on Twitter (@mgburda) or get connected on LinkedIn.
WHAT DO YOU DO AT SAATCHI & SAATCHI?
As an Account Supervisor on Luvs and Dreft, I will be the office guru on baby hygiene.
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB?
Andover Flower Farm and Country Store. I don’t think I was deemed mature enough to operate the cash register so my main duties included picking dead flowers out of rows of potted plants and bringing heavy lawn ornaments out to people’s cars. I’ll never forget this quote from my boss:
BOSSMAN: What do you want to study in college?
BOSSMAN: That’s fine, but you won’t pay the bills with a degree in English.
WHAT LED YOU ON THE PATH YOU’RE ON TODAY?
Work-wise, as an English and Psychology major in college, I wanted to pursue a career that required an understanding of both communications and the human experience. Advertising was a natural choice. Life-wise, I attribute my current path to an upbringing in and love for the Northeast, a supportive and influential network of family and friends, and a finger on the pulse of my own happiness.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE AD (ALL TIME OR CURRENTLY)?
Jameson’s “taste above all else” campaign, which recounts the tales of the brand’s legendary founder, John Jameson, as he fights to preserve the integrity of each barrel of his whisky. The long running campaign has it all: high production value TV spots, stunning artistry in print, brilliantly witty copy, a brand story, a product story, all clearly serving simple but poignant proof points – strong heritage and a product worth preserving. The Effie was icing on the cake.
IF YOU NEVER HAD TO WORK AGAIN, WHAT WOULD YOU WANT TO DO?
I would run a gourmet soup kitchen out of a food truck, build an app that works like Tinder to place shelter dogs in good homes (I think this idea was recently taken), or start a soccer camp for inner city kids. Ideally all three. I love to cook, I love dogs, and I love soccer, but above all, I’d love to give back to the community.
FAVORITE PLACE YOU’VE BEEN TO?
South Africa. Amazing geography and wildlife, rich culture and history, friendly locals – what more could you want?
WHAT’S YOUR MOST PRIZED POSSESSION?
My Taylor 210 acoustic/electric guitar. It was one of the first substantial purchases I made with my own hard-earned money that’s still in my possession today. I’m no Clapton, but I love to play and it’s a sure-fire mood-booster whenever I pick it up.
DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE YOUTUBE VIDEO?
I’m not a die-hard YouTuber, but I guess I’d have to say my favorite video is “Shark Cat on Roomba Chasing Duck”. It’s simultaneously the strangest and silliest thing I think I’ve ever seen.
WHAT’S SOMETHING YOU MAKE REALLY WELL?
I make a pretty spot-on playlist. I know music is subjective, but whether it’s a road trip or your grandma’s 86th birthday party, I’ll put together a real ear-pleaser. Oh, and I also make killer omelettes.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE WARM-WEATHER NYC ACTIVITY?
Sports in all shapes and sizes. I’ve played in a few soccer and dodgeball leagues around the city and I’m always game for some football in Central Park or pickup basketball in Thompkins Square Park.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE LUNCHTIME SPOT NEAR THE OFFICE?
Potjanee is a hole in the wall Thai place that makes a mean drunken noodle (48 Carmine St.).
WHAT’S YOUR GO TO KARAOKE SONG? (COME ON, WE KNOW YOU HAVE ONE).
During my first week at an agency in NYC, my coworkers coaxed me into singing “I’m a Barbie Girl” by Aqua. Anything but that. Please. I beg of you.
WHAT’S THE BEST MEAL YOU’VE EVER HAD?
Upon request, my mom made me her signature lasagna after I had just come home from an intense 19-day backpacking trip in the wilderness of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Nothing will ever taste as good.
IF YOU COULD BE THE WORLD RECORD HOLDER OF ANYTHING, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
The person who induced the longest continuous stream of laughter from any other person or group of people. I doubt Guinness even tracks that but it won’t stop me from trying to be funny.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE CREATIVE PURSUIT?
Songwriting. I’ve composed and recorded a handful of songs under my solo project name, “Mikey Likes It”. I think they’re pretty decent considering the most sophisticated software I know how to use is Garageband. Now if only I could sing…
WHAT BLOGS/MAGAZINES/BOOKS/PAPERS/WEBSITES CAN YOU NOT LIVE WITHOUT?
These days, I use Twitter to aggregate most of my favorite sources, a few of my favorites being: Fast Company, Pitchfork, Supercompressor/Thrillist, Ypulse, Nir & Far, GreenBiz, TechCrunch, Mashable, CNN, Contagious, and of course, Adage.
WHAT’S THE LAST GREAT EVENT YOU WENT TO?
The World Cup in Brazil, combining my love for soccer, travel, beaches, and caipirinhas. It was great to see Brazil pull it off rather successfully amidst considerable criticism and doubt.
WHAT’S THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED?
That your biggest fan needs to be yourself. It may seem like a “well duh” piece of advice, and I don’t mean it in a narcissistic way, but I’ve found that it serves as a great overall decision-making framework and has led me to genuinely approve of the person I see in the mirror each morning. This is paramount to building confidence and general wellbeing.
WHAT’S YOUR GREATEST NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE STORY?
In high school I was heavily involved in a program called ARC, which paired students with special needs teens and adults with the aim of fostering mentorship and lasting relationships. It was hugely inspirational to see my buddy, Russell, achieve quite a few important milestones over the course of our long relationship, including gaining his drivers lisence and getting accepted into a competitive education program.