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

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

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.

Mauricio Guitron

Account and Publicity Executive
Mauricio works hard to get everyone celebrating by booking appearances for members of the National Today team on TV stations around the country and by managing our extensive National Today influencer network. There’s a patron saint of New Year’s Eve, and his name is Mauricio. Confetti, champagne, fancy dress — check, check, check. Champagne makes a repeat-appearance at Mauricio’s second favorite holiday — brunch, celebrated every weekend, but especially on National Mimosa Day. And party at his place on World Television Day for a “Real Housewives” marathon (and champagne, obviously).

Su Panya

Account and Publicity Executive
Su works to spread the word about celebrating every day by conducting surveys related to calendar days and spreading the results far and wide, to TV, radio, online outlets, and print publications. Galentine’s Day, the celebration of female friendship, was made for Su. Pedicures, cocktails, and girlfriends? A perfect day. Brunch is a national holiday you can celebrate every week, and you’ll find her sipping mimosas on National Mimosa Day welcoming music festival season on the Summer Solstice, also known as the First Day of Summer.

Hubert Lamela

Senior Digital Producer
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).

Emma Schiffer

Creative Copywriter
Emma has written and edited hundreds of entries on National Today, and has learned so many facts that will blow your mind that … it would blow your mind. She also coordinates contributors all over the world to write about global holidays. To read, or not to read—that’s never the question on National Book Lover’s Day (or ever, for that matter)! Other classic Emma holidays: International Sushi Day means a pilgrimage to her hometown for the best crispy rice and spicy tuna, and National Radio Day means spinning her favorite playlists.

Theresa Carper

Associate Creative Copywriter
Theresa sprinkles holidays with bizarre history and fun facts to give National Today its special quirky edge. She also scours the Earth and the Internet for global celebrations and contributors. With a penchant for all things weird, Theresa celebrates National Today’s more obscure holidays: she mimics bird calls on World Migratory Bird Day, shows her love to Rita Jean on National Gorgeous Grandma Day, and proudly reps the 10% of America who loves to be single on Singles Awareness Day.

Kyle Tripp

Web Developer
Kyle keeps this website running and is constantly improving navigation so you’ll always be able to find a new day to celebrate. Developer Kyle’s most holy days are the high holidays of sports, including MLB Opening Day, NCAA Basketball’s Selection Sunday, and of course, Super Bowl Sunday. His other favorite days are National Spoil Your Dog Day (you’ll find him loving on his CockaPoo Dakota), National Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day (on behalf of Dakota), and Halloween (a perfect excuse to dress up Dakota).

Molly Cutts

Visual Designer and Illustrator
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).

Mitch Gaskey

SEO + Digital Marketing Specialist
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

Visual Designer and WordPress 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. When she’s not spending her time munching on delicious food, Heather enjoy’s nature and staying active. Growing up, winters were cold — so National Beach Day remains a holiday close to her heart.