Jesse Day’s Monigle story has a bit of a twist. He was hired as the Director of Digital over two years ago, but he joined our marketing team back in November. He primarily works on connecting with brand leaders of Fortune 1000 companies to better understand how we can solve their brand challenges. Around the office you can depend on Jesse for a great conversation on shoes and maybe a surprise breakfast burrito or a cup of strong coffee from our local espresso hut. We took ten minutes to learn more about what inspires him, his favorite brand, and his very unusual hobby.
You started with Monigle as the Digital Director, but now you are on the marketing team. How did that evolution occur?
Jesse Day: I had been exploring the idea of a career change. Then, one day, I was talking with our Principal Rick Jacobs and he gave me some invaluable advice about how to be successful in developing customer relationships… and, it clicked.
What do you like most about it?
JD: I like that my success is predicated on connecting with people who are looking for help thinking through solutions to interesting and complex business and brand challenges. That, to me, is what it is all about!
What inspires you and your work?
JD: I like talking to people and getting to know them. I also really like the idea that we, at Monigle, provide something of real value. For me personally, the notion of being a client advocate is a hugely important thing when you are working in our industry.
I have to ask, what is your favorite brand?
JD: BMW without a doubt. I have always, above any other car, liked the look and design because they are so distinctive. I drive one now and the experience is fantastic―the way the door closes, how the engine growls, the feel, everything… it’s a complete experience.
What is your personal brand?
JD: Oh boy. Engaging and charismatic [and, modest, says the editor]! A lot of people don’t know this but I’m naturally an introvert, which is a bit odd since I love talking to people. I also like to think abstractly, which is helpful because there is rarely one right path to solve a client solution.
If you could have one superpower what would it be?
JD: I’d want to fly. Is that boring? I think it would be fun.
Last, but not least, we need to talk about your hobby…
JD: My hobby? The insanity of shoemaking? So cobblers fix shoes and cordwainers make shoes, and that is what I do. I got into it because I was thinking about the things in my life that, for their relative commonplaceness, bring me an inordinate amount of joy. And, having a brand new pair of shoes is one of those things. This led me to watch some master shoemaker videos (yes, they do exist!) and do some research, which really captured my attention. I am drawn to people who have a true mastery in something―art, music, whatever. For me, watching master shoemakers in action is totally compelling! Also, the history and uniqueness of cordwaining is really cool. I’m totally obsessed with it.
So where should I go for a quality pair of shoes?
JD: Europe is the shoe capital of the world. If you want a quality pair of shoes check out these guys theshoemakerworld.tumblr.com. For day to day Johnston Murphy are a good rugged pair that I use. For the ladies, the favorite has to be a Louboutin― wallet permitting, of course!