This week it’s our chance to introduce Kevin Cooper, Technical Solutions Manager at AdColony! He investigates and troubleshoots technical issues related to our programmatic ad business, and implements solutions to maintain a smooth workflow. Kevin comes from a background in the ad tech space and loves bringing new ideas to improve efficiency. When he’s not providing support to various teams, Kevin enjoys listening to podcasts, attending concerts, and traveling! Kevin, it’s time to get you AdColonized!
What exactly does a Technical Solution Manager do at AdColony? What’s an average day like for you?
I lead all of the new implementations and integrations of Demand partners on the programmatic side. I provide end-to-end support to the partners including troubleshooting various technical issues that arise.
My average day includes integration kickoff meetings, setting up new integrations, investigating, resolving, and reporting discrepancies between AdColony and Demand partners.
Tell us a little about your experiences prior to joining AdColony & how they have prepared you for your role here.
Prior to AdColony, I worked at Amobee for a year as a Support Services Engineer. This was my first stepping stone into the ad tech world and really helped me build my knowledge and interest of the inner workings of advertising.
What made AdColony the right fit for you?
I knew AdColony was the right fit based on the people, company culture, and the well-kept documentation. I could tell from the interview that there was plenty of room for me to grow and that I would be working alongside great people.
How do you keep growing & learning in what you do?
I continue to bring up new ideas, concepts, and projects that can be used for further growth and development. Also, I talk to others about ongoing issues and how to effectively resolve them. I think it’s important to have open dialog with your team about your concerns and ongoing issues.
What are your hobbies or activities that you look forward to doing on the weekends or after work?
Outside of work, I enjoy going to concerts with my friends or traveling. Last year I went to Outside Lands, Roger Waters, Red Hot Chili Peppers and many more at the Shoreline Amphitheater. Also, I traveled to San Diego, New Orleans, and Colorado!
Which app is keeping you engaged lately? Why?
The Apple Podcasts app: I listen to podcasts on the drive to work and back and I feel it’s a must-have if I’m not listening to music. Here’s some podcasts I listen to: Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History, TED Radio Hour, Mad Money, and Tim Ferriss.
What’s one thing not many people know about you that you’re willing to share?
I bought and sold small amounts of Bitcoin back in 2012 when it was around $8-$11 but I stopped trading it in 2015. I try not to think about how much it would be worth today!
Do you have a nickname at work? If so, is there a story behind it?
My nickname at work is OJ, which was given to me by Stefan Lettis. He thinks I resemble the character Donald “Jared” Dunn from Silicon Valley who has nickname OJ in the show, after another employee named “Jared” was supposedly being hire to Pied Piper.
What is your favorite moment you’ve had with the AdColony team so far?
The Holiday Lunch Party. It was so much fun to have the office together for a big social event and exchange white elephant gifts.
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