It's not just our photographers that are helping to capture the world through photography, there are thousands of people working hard behind the scenes across the world to bring these images to you.

In this 'Who We Are' series, we look at the many job roles at a photography agency frompicture editors, to sales and marketing to art directors.

This week, we get familiar with Managing Editor, Michael Heiman who is based at our New York office.

What does your job involve?
I am responsible for the operations of our Major Global Sport Events and the Sport Editors in North America.  My department's responsibilities at these events is to ensure our staff (photographers, editors, support and sales) are able to do their jobs to the best of their ability, whether they are working in Sochi, Russia or Dallas, Texas.

This includes dealing with shooting positions, communications, workspaces, transportation, accommodations, sales support, editing support, security etc. It involves a lot of planning and time away from the family but in return, I am able to travel the world and work with the best staff in the industry.

What gets you out of bed in the morning?
My three year old daughter and 18 month old son.

What excites you about photography?
There are three things: 1) When I see something that hasn’t been done before, 2) When I get to experiment with new technology and use it to improve what we do. 3) When I see one of our photos being used prominently.

What’s the best thing about the city you live in?
The vast diversity of food and culture and various points of view.

What 3 items would you bring with you to a desert island?
1. A satellite phone with a solar charger (so I could call for help.)
2. A blender.
3. A few bottles of rum to make pina coladas while I wait to be rescued (coconuts should be plentiful but finding ice might be difficult.)

How do you like to spend Sundays?
With my family and friends enjoying the day or laying on the couch if I have been on the road for a while.

Whose career do you admire? 
My father. He worked for over 50 years in an industry he was passionate about and proud to be a part of.

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