Name & Title: Nick Kilmartin, Account Executive
Describe yourself in three words:
Friendly, curious, resilient.
Favourite song, why?
Dancing in the Moonlight by Toploader. It always puts me in a good mood, and makes me want to dance. I don’t think there’s a scenario where it could come on and I wouldn’t want to listen to it.
Favourite movie, why?
The Shining. It might sound odd, but when I first saw the movie it was around Christmas time when I was younger. I kept up the tradition of watching it around Christmas, and I guess I’ve come to associate watching it with the good feelings that come with Christmas. Also the initial shot at the beginning of the movie is very captivating.
Favourite book, why?
American Gods by Neil Gaiman. I’m very interested in mythology and the stories that are associated with different deities around the world. The book does a fantastic job of intertwining the stories of various deities and an evolving plotline that keeps you engaged with the story.
Favourite brand, why?
I really like Google and Google products. There’s something playful yet professional about the brand, and I like their journey of where they started and how much they’ve grown.
What’s your favourite thing about working at Danavation?
Easily the people who work here. Even with my short exposure to the team it’s obvious that everyone here is courteous, highly intelligent, innovative, and motivated. I’m excited to work off of their energy while adding to it to build the success further.
Quote to live by:
Every day is a school day.
I don’t think you can stop learning or improving and there’s always something new you can add to your toolbox.
Fun fact about you:
When I was younger I was a contestant on a kids show called “Uh Oh!” Me and my partner came in second place, but the experience was a very memorable one.
If you were a superhero, what would be your superpower?
I’ve got to go with flying. It’s both fun and practical.
What is your greatest accomplishment?
Being one of the top groups selected to present at a research forum when I was in
my post-graduate program. At that time I was a very timid individual and presenting in front of a large audience was extremely intimidating. At the end of the day everything went very smoothly, and I even stepped up to field questions from the audience during the Q&A portion.
Your favourite tradition in your household?
Watching The Shining during the Christmas season.
Oreos, and any kind of candy (sweet). Cherry Blasters and Sour Patch Kids are two of my favourites.
Three travel destinations that are on your bucket list:
Auckland, New Zealand
Capetown, South Africa
Which actor/actress would play you in a movie about your life?
What do you think is the greatest invention of all time?
Electricity. I don’t think people realize how much we rely on electricity until there’s a power outage. Without electricity we can do very little.
How many languages can you speak?
Only one – English.
You’re hosting a dinner party. Eight people seated at your table. Living or dead, who would you invite?
All four of my grandparents
I didn’t really get a chance to meet my grandparents growing up (save for my grandfather on my mum’s side), so I would love to be able to get to know them and learn about their lives growing up. The other dinner guests are purely for my own interest. Demar is my favourite Raptor of all time; Einstein seems like he would be quite the character to talk to and pick his brain on various topics; Teddy is just on another level when it comes to his life and accomplishments; and finally, Stan Lee’s creativity is something that is very captivating to me – the fictional universe he built and the thought process behind that must be something to behold.
Three things you cannot live without?
My fiancée, my dog, and coffee. Everything I do is motivated by my desire to provide a good life for my family/future family. The coffee is what keeps the motor going when I start to slow down.
Anything else interesting about you that you would like to share:
My name was initially supposed to be Alexander, not Nicholas. But my parent’s close friends had a boy a couple of months before I was due and they named him Alexander. As a result my parents decided to go with Nicholas instead. Fast forward a number of years, and me and Alex ended up attending the same high school and eventually became housemates in university.