For the last decade, Arshad Madhani has been a digital marketing consultant for a variety of clients. After moving around a bit, he has settled in Atlanta. We recently chatted with Arshad to find out what he likes about the city he calls home.
What Led You to the Atlanta, GA Area?
After college, I had a few opportunities that could lead me to different cities. I eventually found that Atlanta was just the best overall fit for me. The job market was solid, there are a lot of digital marketers in the area and most importantly, I didn’t have to buy a ton of winter clothing.
What is Your Favorite Thing About Living in Atlanta?
I really just like the fact that Atlanta has everything I could possibly ask for. It is a major city in the United States, has all the sports and entertainment you can ask for, and has a lot of individuals like myself trying to navigate through life.
Traveling is also affordable and easy, since the airport is a major hub. I’m routinely traveling for business and pleasure, and sometimes can find deals for less than $100 roundtrip. It’s hard to find anywhere else in the country with deals like that.
What Advice Would You Give Other Entrepreneurs Looking to Move to Atlanta?
Atlanta is a big city, and there is a lot of urban sprawl. I would definitely research the city before moving, especially if a job is already lined up. The last thing you want to do is move to an area that is an hour drive to and from work every single day.
I’d also say just be open minded and willing to meet people. There are a lot of transplants here, so everyone is always willing to add a new friend if the same interests are there.
What’s Your Favorite Area in Atlanta?
When I first moved here, I met a lot of people with ties to Georgia Tech. I like that area of town, as well as Midtown. There always seems to be a lot to do, especially on nice weather nights.
As far as up and coming areas of Atlanta, I really like what they are doing with The Battery Atlanta area, centered around SunTrust Park, home of the Atlanta Braves. I think that area could really take off and grow more and more in the coming years.
Are You an Atlanta Sports Fan?
I root for the local teams, but for college, I of course have to stay true to Texas A&M. Even though I went to Texas A&M International University, I’m still a strong supporter of the Aggies. I am right in the heart of SEC country, so I certain receive a little bit of teasing when I wear my shirts out in public.
For professional sports, I would say that the Hawks are really catching my attention. I know they are not doing so well right now, but they are attempting to build a young and exciting team. That is sort of the same blueprint the Braves have, only the Braves are slightly ahead of schedule. Professional sports in Atlanta could really become hot in the next five years.
Lastly, if you Weren’t Living in Atlanta, Where Would You Be Living?
That’s a really tough question, because there are so many exciting areas that have a lot of energy in the United States. It would be cliché to say something like New York, Los Angeles, Miami, etc., so let me throw a bit of a curveball: Raleigh, North Carolina.
Yes, it is growing, and it is in the heart of the Research Triangle, but not a lot of people list it that high up as a place to live. Every time I’ve spent time in the area, I’ve had a good time. The job market is great there as well, specifically in my field.
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