Welcome to the second installment of our employee spotlight series! We’d like to take some time to introduce you to Michael Aguiar, our Director of Technology here at ZOG Digital.
Michael leads all IT and software development for ZOG Digital and our Fortune 500 clients. When he’s not producing award-winning work for brands like Nissan, Disney, and Fruit of the Loom, he enjoys being a father of two energetic boys, hiking, and geeking out on Game of Thrones.
When did you first join the ZTeam? What was your starting position?
I was one of the original members of ZOG Digital, so that was about eight years ago. I was kind of a junior developer at the time. I also worked with our CEO, Jeff for a year at his previous company.
What is your biggest accomplishment at work?
I try to top my biggest accomplishment every year, but this year is learning more about data science and learning more about scaling big data systems.
Do you have a morning mantra (routine) and if so, what is it?
The only consistent routine I have in the morning is going to Starbucks!
How did you wind up in digital marketing?
I’ve always found it interesting and fun to work in. It was also a great field to be in to improve my software development skills.
What’s your go-to Phoenix activity?
I love to check out new restaurants, try new types of food, or go to any hockey or football games. I also really like going to different parks around The Valley and joining in games of basketball.
If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
I’d spend more time hanging out with my wife, kids, and dogs. I would also work on getting more exercise!
What songs have you completely memorized?
None recently as I’ve been trying to listen to a lot of new music — previously probably a few Linkin Park songs.
What game or movie universe would you most like to live in – and why?
Any of the Marvel movies, because it would be exciting to see super heroes and gods battle it out.
What would be your first question after waking up from being cryogenically frozen for 100 years?
What’s to eat?!
What TV shows are you currently into?
Primarily Game of Thrones, because I love fantasy-style shows, and they do it best! I also enjoy Gotham quite a bit.
What is something that a ton of people are obsessed with but you just don’t get the point of?
Snapchat. I see a ton of people using it, but after trying it out briefly, I didn’t get it and haven’t used it since.