Get to know: Matthew Aquirre

An interview with Matthew Aguirre, Account Executive in our San Francisco office.

What’s your educational/work background?

I received B.A. in Public Relations (Communications) and a minor in Marketing from California State University, Sacramento. Most of my recent work experience is in pharmaceutical advertising but initially out of college I wanted to work in PR. My PR professors in college hammered into us that earned media was way more respectable.  Well my first job out of college was for a full service marketing and communications agency so I was doing both PR and advertising. I ended up loving the advertising side so much more. After I moved to San Francisco, I found myself gravitating towards a healthcare advertising agency.

Share your music playlist.

I grew up with a lot of different musical influences so depending on the day you can catch me listening to almost anything.  Lately my two favorites have been Kendrick Lamar and Miguel (R&B artist). On the polar end of that, I listen to a lot of country music.  I come from a really small town in the country where things are much slower and simpler so when the city life is a little too much, Country Music really chills me out.  I also grew up with my mom blasting oldies non-stop in the car so I love me some Motown style oldies from the 60’s and 70’s.

What’s your spirit animal?

Probably the same animal as my zodiac sign, which is a Taurus.  I’m hard working, willful (sometimes stubborn), loyal and very ambitious.  Additionally, I also ran with the bulls in Spain a few years ago so I figure it suits me well.  The ironic part is I don’t believe zodiac signs have any influence over someone’s personality…go figure.

Best advice you’ve ever received?

Be curious and stay uncomfortable. I know that’s technically two things but they go hand and hand. Being curious about the world around you will keep your mind active and observant of new ideas and possibilities. This naturally leads to taking on new challenges which can be an uncomfortable feeling, but I look at it as an opportunity for growth and learning.  So staying curious and feeling comfortable with being uncomfortable won’t only keep life interesting, but also lead to constant growth.

Biggest influence in your life?

Ready for the cheeseball answer – my parents! Growing up they were so selfless when it came to providing for my brothers and I. It’s their continues support and encouragement that led me to being the first person in my family to graduate from college and why I have the confidence to regularly step out my comfort box.

What would you be doing if you weren’t on the account management team at an agency?

Probably teaching English in South East Asia or South America.  After college, I had my application filled out for a teaching program when my last employer reached out to me with a job offer. Seriously considered blowing it off but I figured my parents would be pretty livid if I turned down a paying job to go volunteer at some village in Thailand.

What’s next for you?

I currently love working on the Gilead team so I see myself here for a while.  Not only does this account have so many dynamic and exciting initiatives, but the Gilead account team is the best I’ve worked with.   Being out here in SF, I get regular access to senior team members and clients which have been great for professional growth.  BIG picture wise, I eventually want to go back to school to get my MBA and also live abroad again – maybe I’ll do both at the same time!