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:
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).
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.
Chief of Staff
Megan loves storytelling and serving audiences while managing 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), National Queso Day (coming soon on October 11), Texas Independence Day, and you can also hear her humming a corrido and sounding out a grito during Diez y Seis.
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’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 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 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).
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.
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 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 Day to enjoy a comforting plate of saucy noodles. Travers has a zeal for life and enjoys making music, friends, good food and memories.
Head of Animation & Graphic Designer
Shoaib loves to breathe life into anything he creates. With a background in animation and film, he can execute high-quality visual content and find new ways of communicating ideas through different mediums. Outside of producing animated short films, he enjoys eating cake, dancing to Bollywood/Latin music, movies and trying new foods. His favorite holidays are Eid, National French Fries Day and International Animation Day. He hopes to one day create an impact with art for the youth in his hometown and South Asian communities.
Content Producer and Videographer
Justin is a multidiscipline media monk in the video team. From doodle to storyboard, one-liner to script, Justin keeps an even keel from the first concept to the final cut. With a lifelong interest in film and photography, you’ll find him celebrating National Camera Day, not just once a year, but every day.
Content Producer and Videographer
Arthur is a creative force who loves to make almost anything. He enjoys art, food, and travel. His favorite part of his job is crafting stories for brands large and small. His favorite holiday is absolutely National Camera Day. But, International Day of the Nacho is a close second.