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Employee Spotlight – David Callahan

David Callahan

As part of our ongoing series exploring our “Half-Human” side, we recently (virtually) sat down with our Chief Strategy Officer and Chief Legal Counsel, David Callahan.

How long have you been with Atiba and what is your role? 

I worked as outside counsel for Atiba for 10 years and have been in-house since July of 2019. I currently serve as the Chief Legal Counsel and the Chief Strategy Officer. 

What is your favorite part about working at Atiba? 

It would have to be the people. It’s hard to work with a company for a long time if it does not have great people. Atiba really does consist of some of the best people I have ever had the privilege of working with. 

What motivates you to wake up and go to work? David Callahan with kids

I left the practice of law because I did not feel challenged in my area of specialty. This made it difficult to get motivated to head into the office every day. Atiba, on the other hand, provides me with diverse challenges on a daily basis. A company with a nearly 30-year track history that still has room to grow is exciting and challenging at the same time. For me personally, that is the combination that I enjoy. 

David Callahan TriathlonWhat is something most people don’t know about you? 

That in July 2013- July 2014 I completed 52 triathlons in 52 weeks for a local charity…all with my wife and newborn first child packed into a small motorhome. 

What’s the best home-cooked meal you can make? 

I make a mean Bananas Foster.

Are you a morning or evening person, why? 

I am definitely a morning person. By about 8:30 PM I am wiped and looking for the bed. I naturally wake up early, so I like to get in my exercise and get the day started. 

SEO Specialist Employee Spotlight

How long have you been with Atiba and what is your role?  Jake Peterson - SEO Specialist and Content Marketing Guru

I joined the Atiba team in May 2020 as the SEO specialist and content marketing virtuoso on the digital marketing team. Web design has been part of the fabric of Atiba for over 20 years, so it only made sense to bring in an SEO specialist to complement the web design side.

Atiba is based in Nashville, but I’ve been in Madrid, Spain for almost seven years now taking remote work to the next level. That makes me, unofficially, the self-appointed King and Emperor of Atiba’s European Division.  

What is your favorite part about working at Atiba?  

Culture is one of those buzzwords that gets tossed around, but you can really tell there’s something special about Atiba’s culture. Everyone is understanding, empathetic, encouraging, and team-oriented. I also love the flexible work hours Atiba offers as it can be challenging to juggle working from home and parenthood. 

What motivates you to wake up and go to work? 

When it comes down to it, I really enjoy what I do. In college, I studied history and have always loved writing and research which is what got me into content writing. On the SEO specialist side, the job borrows a lot of things from many different disciplines. You have to find the right balance between being analytical, technical, and creative while also being very, very patient. 

What makes you a geek? 

I’m a big video game, tech, and fantasy geek. I’ve built my own PC a number of times and always try to optimize it for my favorite games. I listen to a few Dungeons and Dragons podcasts and love listening to data-centric, analytical sports podcasts.  

Jake Peterson - SEO Specialist at AtibaWhat’s the best vacation you ever took? 

My wife and I went to Sardinia for our honeymoon and that was a blast. We had to take a ferry from Barcelona to the island. We took our car and then spent the rest of the week driving around the island, visiting small towns and going to beaches. It’s still the clearest water I’ve ever seen. 

What’s your go-to snack during the day? 

Spain is wonderful for a lot of things, but they severely lack in the snack department. I miss trail mix from back home, so I have to make my own here. Usually, that just involves peanuts, raisins, and smashed up dark chocolate but I’ll sometimes mix other nuts or add some extra flavor. It’s easy to make and decently healthy.