Where I work: David Hessekiel, entrepreneur

Where I work features people who work in Rye. The feature is inspired in part by exploring the impact of the pandemic on our work environment and in part by the desire to understand how and where people work in the town of Rye.

Today we meet entrepreneur and Rye resident David Hessekiel.

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(PHOTO: Hessekiel and his Pac-Man arcade machine)

Your name: David Hessekiel

Your business: Cause Marketing Forum, a company I founded 20 years ago.

MyRye.com: What are you doing?

Hessekiel: I am the “chef and bottle washer” who oversees our two brands of online conferences / communities: Commit for good (focused on corporate citizenship) and Peer-to-peer professional forum (The source for nonprofits that fundraise by asking their supporters to contact their networks for donations.)

Where do you work?

Where I Work 2021 - 07 - David Hessekiel
(PHOTO: Hessekiel in his home office)

Hessekiel: When I first went out on my own after the first dot com bubble (I was marketing manager for an ill-fated dot.com), I started working in an unfinished room in the cinder block basement under my house on Overlook Square. In a few years, I had built a wonderful office in the basement. Boy, I like my ride.

Describe your office and your office.

Hessekiel: In my office, I am surrounded by memories from various aspects of my life:

  • My collection of cause marketing memorabilia such as a box of “Ronzoni Pasta for a Cause” and a banner for TOMS shoes
  • Artwork I have collected, including a folk art figure consisting of a box of Sinclair Househood Oil and a roller skate and many items decorated with skeletons related to the Mexican Day of the Dead. (A 2019 trip to Oaxaca with a friend for the Day of the Dead celebration was a bucket list trip.)
  • Newer pandemic additions include a mini-studio for Zoomwebinars that I host and a PAC-MAN arcade game that I use to interrupt long periods of work.

Where I Work - 2021 - 07 - David Hessekiel
(PHOTO: Day of the Dead-inspired art that adorns Hessekiel’s office.)

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