A Day in the Life: Ari Solomon, MKTG Atlanta

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Comparing Ari Solomon’s Atlanta “Day in the Life” to our previous feature of Jonathan Zheng’s Singapore experience is definitive proof about what it’s like to work at MKTG: we’re such a connected network focused on the human experience, yet each office enthusiastically distinguishes itself through the city it calls home. Let’s take a trip down to The Peach State, checking in with Ari Solomon, Client Services at MKTG Atlanta.  Ari proves that his hometown is a city with so much more than the usual stereotypes of BBQ, endless traffic and Southern hospitality. After a day’s work amidst the tightly-knit culture that MKTG Atlanta is known for, Ari takes on the ATL as a roving foodie, music expert and hockey player.

MKTG: What do you work on?
I work on Client Services for The Wine Group account. My daily responsibilities include event management, client communication, strategy, ideation, vendor sourcing and hospitality for the account’s music festival programs. Due to my 10+ years of music industry experience at CAA and Live Nation, I’ve been able to provide unique opportunities to elevate the brand’s festival experience through artist procurement, contract development, strategic partnerships, licensing and publicity opportunities. In addition, I enjoy providing insight to coworkers who inquire about opportunities to integrate their accounts into the music business.

What time do you wake up on a typical work day?
AS: I usually hit the snooze button around 6:15 am and wake up at 6:30 am.

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up? Do you have a routine?
AS: I scroll through my Twitter List to catch up on pop culture and tech news, brew a cup of coffee, answer work and personal emails, shower, check in with family and scour the fridge for items that may pass as lunch.

Your day cannot be properly started without ______
AS: Having coffee with my wife before she starts her shift at the hospital- she’s a postpartum nurse.

How do you commute to work and do you enjoy your commute? Details please!
AS: Drive. I don’t mind the commute because I utilize the time listening to my favorite podcasts.

Which podcasts do you listen to?
AS: I really got into podcasts when my car radio died. I enjoy listening to episodes of Fox’s Radio Newscast, Recode Media with Peter Kafka, The Joe Rogan Experience and NPR’s All Songs Considered.

Does your day have a soundtrack? If so, what’s on your playlist that is a daily obsession or gives you that stroke of genius?
AS: Absolutely. I usually let my daily mood dictate the era, genre and artist, however, The Beatles, The Stones, Zeppelin, Otis Redding, Ryan Adams, Zac Brown Band, and Kings of Leon are daily obsessions. I’m currently loving new music from The Record Company, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats and Chris Stapleton- check them out and let me know what you think!

Name your top five apps and why.
AS: Spotify: I love being able to listen to my entire music library at any time, and I enjoy exchanging playlists with music fans from around the world.
Twitter (Lists): One stop shop for all my favorite media and news outlets.
Waze: It corrects my terrible sense of direction and helps me defeat Atlanta traffic.
Whatsapp: Affordable way to stay in touch with family in Israel and South Africa.
Mixology: Provides inspiration for my inner mixologist.

What are some restaurants or spots near your office that make your day- from a lunch place that knows your ‘usual’ to a beautiful park- what locales do you live by?
AS: It’s a great time to be a foodie in Atlanta. The culinary scene is rapidly increasing and we are seeing award-winning chefs debuting trendy restaurants every weekend.
Muss and Turners: Deli by day and bistro by night with “no culinary boundaries and no pretense.” Also, the speakeasy located behind the kitchen freezer door is a great spot for post-work drinks.
Heirloom Market: Where “The South” meets South Korea to create delicious smoked BBQ. I recommend the smoked tri-tip sandwich with the sweet heat sauce.
Porch Light Latin Kitchen: Local farm-to-table Central American-inspired cuisine. The friendly chef is known for sitting down at your table, grabbing a drink and discussing his creations with you.
Canoe: Fresh seasonal dishes with a view of the Chattahoochee River, colorful gardens and natural greenery.

What after-work activity makes your week complete?
AS: I’ve been playing ice hockey since I was 7-years-old and I currently play in the Atlanta Amateur Hockey League.


Contributed by MKTG Atlanta & MKTG Global Communications team

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Written by Andrea D'Alessandro
Andrea D'Alessandro

August 25th, 2016 at 10:17 am

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