Get to Know Team Ditto: John Hyatt
Read more about John Hyatt. John has been working for Ditto for the past month as a Senior Account Executive.
Getting To Know You
Where are you from?
Can you tell me a little about your background?
I graduated from Claremont McKenna College in 2016 with a BA in History. After briefly working as a research assistant at The George Washington University, I moved to NYC and starting my PR career with Prosek Partners, a financial services and B2B PR firm, where I worked for over two years.
Who is your spirit animal and why?
Monkeys. Specifically, Gibbons because my middle name’s Gilbert, and my nickname is Gib. Plus I like to monkey around..
What would your ideal Sunday entail?
In the morning, enjoying a nice cup of coffee, reading the (physical) paper, and watching the English Premier League. In the afternoon, taking a long walk or visiting a museum.
If you could have dinner with three people – dead or alive – who would you choose?
Cleopatra, Thomas Aquinas, and Christopher Hitchens. I’d expect an interesting, heated conversation on religion, government, and history.
What’s your favorite curse word?
Clusterfuck (if that counts)
How did you arrive in NYC?
My partner (now fiancé) was accepted to NYU Law School out of undergrad. Truth be told, I followed her!
Last song you listened to on your phone?
Alaska, Maggie Rogers.
If I wasn’t in PR, I’d be…
A ski bum.
About your work at Ditto
How did you end up at Ditto? And why did you decide to work here?
After two years of working with larger companies in financial services, I wanted to join an up-and-coming firm where I could concentrate on fintech and crypto. Ditto met these criteria, and more importantly, struck me as a unique company that would fuel my own growth.
How would you describe working at Ditto?
Refreshing. Ditto’s focus on driving client results while nurturing employee success is a recipe for sustainable growth.
What makes Ditto different than your past jobs?
The fluid office-space. I appreciate being able to pick up my laptop and work from the common table or couch. Change of scenery is great for keeping the creative juices flowing.
Bigger thoughts on life and career
What makes for a positive work environment?
A healthy balance between hard work and good vibes.
If you could go back in the time and give yourself advice before you walked into your very first job, what would you say?
Track your progress on a weekly or monthly, rather than daily, basis. You’ll be happier.
How do you think the PR industry could improve?
As technology continues to change the the media landscape, PR firms can enhance their value-add by broadening their scope of work into narrative development, digital marketing, and other strategic initiatives.