Our Team

We are a collection of creatives with different skills and a common desire to celebrate every day! Read on to meet our team — and their favorite holidays:

Ben Kaplan

Ben Kaplan

Publisher and CEO
Ben is the King of Quirky Holidays, and his vision and creativity touch every part of National Today. Ben is an accomplished salsa dancer, so International Dance Day is a welcome excuse to get out his dancing shoes. Kiss a Ginger Day is a special day in the Kaplan household — it’s the day his beloved dog Ginger gets smothered in kisses. And on National Boss’s Day, you can find all of us toasting Ben (he heads things up here at National Today).

Cody Pittman

Cody Pittman

Director of Marketing / Content Editor
Cody works with brands to create deals that surprise and delight consumers and work wonders for brands. Cody isn’t a dad (yet), but you’ll find him spitting the corniest (and best) dad jokes on National Tell a Joke Day. A family man at heart, he’s always ready with a card, phone call, or gift on Mothers’ Day, Fathers’ Day, and Siblings’ Day. His third passion is surfing, so for World Oceans Day, you can find him hitting the waves.

Megan Height

Megan Height

Chief of Staff
Megan loves storytelling and serving audiences while managing to business requirements and technological possibilities. She applies cultural perspectives and smart technology to communications. And, she loves whimsy and delighting the world with moments of joy. Her favorite holidays are Dia de los Muertos (she maintains her calavera and mum decorations year round), Texas Independence Day (coming soon), and you can also hear her humming a corrido and sounding out a grito during Diez y Seis.

Milton Deya

Milton Deya

Sr. Account and Publicity Executive
Milton combines media relationships with thought leadership and data-driven analysis to create compelling holidays and cover cultural events. Milton loves drawing on his Puerto Rican background during International Dance Day. He also enjoys hiking, especially on National Hiking Day.

Hubert Lamela

Hubert Lamela

DP, Video editor
Hubert makes sure that this site is a well-oiled machine, keeping all the people and parts and social media teams moving so that we are always ready to party. He loves to travel, and you’ll be sure to find him soaking up sun, sand, and turquoise waves on National Beach Day. Summer Solstice provides a double dose of fun: as the First Day of Summer, it kicks off summer blockbuster season (Hubert is a movie buff) as well as summer concert season (Hubert is never without his earphones).

Patrick Quinn

Patrick Quinn

Creative Content and Influencer Manager
Patrick’s creative work, marrying brand messaging with influencer audiences, has amplified results and created talking points that have moved beyond individual initiatives. He continues to curate and leverage the right influencers for brands looking to organically connect with specific audiences. Patrick counts tacos as a key component of Better Breakfast Month. His favorite holiday is Father’s Day.

Howard Leff

Howard Leff

Editor
Howard Leff’s backgrounds spans television, radio and print. He served as a promo writer, producer and video editor at some of the nation’s top local television stations and has been published in major publications worldwide. He has also worked as a radio anchor/reporter and talk show host in markets big and small. When he’s not serving as the editor of National Today, he loves to pinch and pull sugary swirls of delight on National Cotton Candy Day. He’s also a huge fan of Jackie Robinson Day (coming soon).

Tom Caiazza

Tom Caiazza

Staff Writer
Tom Caiazza has been telling stories for as long as he can remember. His writing engages diverse audiences and creates action. He knows a good pitch when he reads one and writes with compassion and tenacity. When he’s not tapping away on a laptop he can usually be found celebrating Be Nice to Jersey Week.

Molly Cutts

Molly Cutts

Brand Manager
Molly makes everything pretty by creating headers on each page, designing social posts that are fun to read and look at. Her favorite holidays are ones that she can celebrate with her dog Footers! That means National Dog Party Day and National Spoil Your Dog Day are particular favorites at Casa del Molly (and Footers). Other iconic days for Molly: National Hammock Day (who doesn’t love a hammock) and National Happy Hour Day (best experienced in a hammock).

Hazel O'Neil

Hazel O’Neil

Editorial Illustrator
Hazel is a creative force who loves to make almost anything. She enjoys art, food, travel, music, and urban planning. Her favorite part of her job is choosing which food photos look most delicious. She loves playing chip Jenga during International Day of the Nacho and firmly believes in heart healthiness during National Oatmeal Month. She also longs to go to Tepoztlán for World UFO Day

Mitch Gaskey

Mitch Gaskey

Client Success Manager
Every morning, Mitch fuels up by drinking bullet coffee out of his favorite Mickey Mouse coffee mug. So, of course, he loves National Mickey Mouse Day! Before coffee, National Today’s resident exercise aficionado always makes sure to get in a morning workout. That’s why he loves to celebrate National Prime Rib Day—it’s the perfect sumptuous meal to gorge on after a good workout. Coffee and a great workout both give him the fuel to crack corny jokes all day long, so he’d be remiss not to celebrate National Cheeseball Day every year.

Heather Steckly

Heather Steckly

Sr. Web Designer and Developer
Heather is a member of the design and development team. Through creative concepts and solid execution, she helps produce exceptional user experiences for users on National Today. As a Canadian native, Heather has an ingrained love of poutine and celebrates this delicious holiday on April 11th. Another lifelong favorite food of Heather’s is pizza — which she has ample opportunity to enjoy on its many holidays, but never misses celebrating with friends on National Pizza Party Day.

Travers Bray

Travers Bray

Web Developer
Travers is an atypical developer who enjoys sunlight and working in boisterous settings. You can catch him working through integer values on his treadmill at home during Global Exercise at Home Day. After a long day of working through complex integrations, he need not wait for National Spaghetti Dayto enjoy a comforting plate of saucy noodles. Travers has a zeal for life and enjoys making music, friends, good food and memories.