dot429 and FIAT ask: What Drives You?



What motivates you to wake up and take on the world each day? dot429 and FIAT want to know. That’s why we’ve partnered to give away two roundtrips for two to New York City. One prize goes to the person who receives the most votes; the other to a randomly selected voter. Yes, two ways to win, how’s that for motivation?

To promote our competition, we made a commercial featuring actual dot429 members.

For dot429 member Carlos Melia, owner of CM by Carlos Melia, it’s “the idea of discovering new unique things everyday and being able to share them with others.” He’s been around the world twice and loves to share his experiences with fellow adventure seekers. Learn more about Carlos Melia.

Cathy Brooks, dot429 member, Evangelist and Raconteur at DoAT, it’s an intense curiousity about humankind that drives her. It’s almost an obsession.

“Besides the 9 pound Abbsynian cat that sits on my chest and the 70 pound Labradoodle that stares intently at me awaiting breakfast, what drives me to get out of bed each morning is a deep desire to change the world. Specifically, I want to be part of creating a world where equality is matter-of-course,” she said. “My actions are  most driven by a deep fascination about what it is that makes people tick and being deeply immersed in social web technologies, I’m pushed even more strongly to see how these platforms can be used to foster these changes.” Learn more about Cathy Brooks.

For PricewaterhouseCooper executive recruiter Anne Evans, it’s all about matching the best people with high-level jobs. “It’s such a thrill to find a perfect fit for the company and the employee,” Evans said. “I love finding the win-win for everyone.” Learn more about Anne Evans (accountants, click here).

Making connections and telling stories also drive Craig Karpel, founder and president of the Karpel Group, a national public relations firm with clients like Sony, MTV, Paramount and Showtime. “I love to anticipate clients’ needs and pick outstanding, exceptionally talented people to work at my company.” Learn more about Craig Karpel.

Working with exceptional people in a bustling learning environment propels dot429 member Christel van der Boom. “I work for Flipboard, creator of the world’s first social magazine,” she said. “It’s a great company. I love the product, the people I work with, the culture and what I get to do there.” Learn more about Christel van der Boom.

San Francisco Travel Association EVP and COO Paul Frentsos is passionate about personal growth. “I love watching people live, learn, and grow,” he said. “Making mistakes is a part of our life, but learning from them is even more powerful.” Learn more about Paul Frentsos.

Dominic Testa, Marketing Manager Blue Angel Spirits, loves his coffee and improving his life one day at a time. “Each day, I get out of bed with the belief that I can change one thing in my life that will better my future and the lives of those around me.” Learn more about Dominic Testa.

Andrew Jap, Community Manager at EPMI (A Bayside Company), merges his passion for helping people with his work. “I work in Property Management field for Affordable Housing because I love helping people in need find housing,” he said. Learn more about Andrew Jap.

Stanford grad Christine Rios dumped her 9 to 5 at Dow Jones to pursue her love of wine and leisure. Now, as the CFO of WineLuv, she gets to pursue her dreams everyday.

What’s your story? We’d love to hear it. What drives you?

Special thanks to director Robyn Dettman, director of photography Joe Lindsay, dot429 chief creative officer Sabrina Riddle, dot429 managing editor Anna Love Peirano, dot429 creative staff David Albertson and Paul Torres and dot429 intern extraordinaire Jonathan Knight Newhall. Hair and make up by Katie Harris and Jen Madaris.

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