At any place he's worked, Dan Spiegel is always the center of attention. But not through self-aggrandizement, he's just comfortable in his own skin and makes everyone feel fantastic.
Dan is the head of brand at FanDuel, the fantasy sports brand that mostly recently raised $270 million in financing. Formerly Dan was a director at Interbrand and worked with the CEOs of companies like UPS on their global rebrands.
How did you get started with branding? With FanDuel?
I've been a big sports fan my whole life and had always wanted to work in sports. When an opportunity to combine my love of sports with my marketing experience, it was a no brainer.
Tell us a little bit about your background. How did you end up in NYC?
I grew up in Long Island and went to college in Boston. After college I moved back to NY and got an apartment in the city. I've been ever since with the exception of one year I spent abroad getting my Master's Degree.
What's the highlight of your career?
A few months into working at FanDuel, I was working on a deal with the NY Knicks and had the chance to meet my childhood idle John Starks. A few months later, we were doing an event with Larry Johnson and he and I did the LJ arm sign to each other. Most highlights of my life have something to do with either the 1994 or 1999 Knicks.
What do you do for fun?
I have a 9 month old son who I am training to shoot on a 10 inch high rim. That is by far the most fun thing I do.
What are your favorite places to hang in NYC?
I live in Bushwick and we just got a brand new brewery called KCBC. They have awesome beer and it's a cool spot. Beyond that, I love going to Prospect Park with my family.
What’s something people who only know you through your work would be surprised to know?
I can dunk.