Habits: Dan Sieger, VP of comms, McGraw-Hill Education

My first pitch that turned into a cover story for Toyota was a pretty big deal.

Morning ritual
Most mornings, I log a few miles of running. Then coffee is the next step. I've got a long commute, so I use the time to catch up on emails and read.

Required reading
After The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, it's mainly educational trade websites throughout the day.

Electronic device you can't do without
Definitely my iPad Mini. I've stopped bringing a pad and pen to meetings and take notes on it. The mini is where I read emails, watch The Wire, read newspapers, go on Twitter, and listen to music.

Proudest career achievement
My first pitch that turned into a cover story for Toyota was a pretty big deal. It was a relatively small publication, but to me it felt like Businessweek.

First PR job
A small PR firm called the Bruce Cohen Group. We were tiny, but had amazing clients such as the Empire State Building and the Bryant Park Restoration Corp.

Ideal job, if not in PR
Music critic for Rolling Stone.

Favorite city to travel to on business
San Antonio, hands down. Great runs on the River Walk and puffy tacos. 

Ideal day off
Sleep late, take my time drinking coffee and reading the paper, go for a long run, nap, go to a concert at the newly renovated and awesome Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY.

Most distinct aspect of your personal office
That's an easy one – ask anyone who has worked with me, and they'll say it's the baseball. There's a baseball that has been on my desk for about 15 years that I'm always tossing up during creative meetings or calls. People will sometimes hear a crash on conference calls when I drop it.

Favorite place to grab a drink
Heartland Brewery. Its beer and bison burgers can't be beat.

Guilty TV pleasure
I'm not guilty about any of the TV my wife and I watch. By the time we've both finished working, getting the kids to bed, and cleaning up, turning off our brains is well-earned.  We just started watching The Americans and I'm excited to see where the series will go.

Biggest surprise on your iPod/iPhone?
There are a few guilty pleasures on my iPhone, but top of the list is Barry Manilow.

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