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The Design Nut. Brent is the owner and creative director of Design Nut, where he works his magic branding, designing and illustrating for the likes of The Nature Conservancy, NPR, Girl Scouts USA and Reading Is Fundamental (RIF). During his 20-year career, his work has received over 200 industry awards and appeared in over 50 publications. He counts pop art, comic books and candy among his greatest inspirations.
The Designer Daddy. Brent blogs at DesignerDaddy.com, where he shares from the heart about being a gay dad, having an adopted son, and making s’mores that look like monsters. His writing can also be found on The Huffington Post, The Good Men Project, Mamapedia and The Aquaman Shrine. Twitter with him at DesignerDaddy.
The Brent. Brent lives in the DC ‘burbs with his (soon-to-be-legal) husband, four (soon-to-be-fifteen) year old son and pre-Obama Portuguese Water Dog.
Jon Armstrong is a long-time blogger, award-winning art director and designer, and digital strategist who loves being behind the lens. His work ranges from expansive landscapes of the western U.S. to macro photography to photodocumentary shots of bands, family and friends.
Armstrong’s work is regularly featured in the Explore section of Flickr.com, has been featured on the highly trafficked Flickr blog, and you can follow him on Instagram as @blurb, and on his personal site, Blurbomat.com. He is also currently co-hosting the humorous new podcast about fatherhood, Turning This Car Around.
Jon lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with his two amazing daughters. He might have photographed them once or twice.
Kenny Bodanis is the author of the award-winning blog and parenting book “Men Get Pregnant, Too (despite never pushing a watermelon through a pigeonhole).” In that capacity, he has appeared on national television in Canada, and is a regular television and radio columnist in his hometown of Montreal.
Trey Burley is the owner and operator of Daddy Mojo, a parenting site about product reviews, family, life and poop culture. He’s co-hosted numerous twitter parties with Sears and Kmart, and worked with dozens of brands including Maclaren, Dyson, Samsung, Joovy, SC Johnson, Personal Creations and others. In addition to his work with Daddy Mojo, Trey writes various copy for clients and does some social media management also. Trey has a background in broadcasting, worked in radio for many years and has traveled extensively.
Charlie Capen is co-founder and digital arsonist of “How To Be A Dad” — an entertainment site for dads, moms, and those with no plans of procreating, whatsoever. A colorblind, undisciplined multi-hyphenate living near the outskirts of Los Angeles, Charlie was raised in captivity atop the hills of San Francisco as the son of a roaming radio DJ father and executive power mom.
Not so much a “how-to”, but a “how-not-to” site, HowToBeADad.com is centered around two sleep-deprived friends with nothing left to lose but their sanity as they navigate fatherhood and try to look smart doing so. They’re not experts, but that isn’t gonna stop them from pretending.
Charlie’s work has appeared on the front pages of AOL, Buzzfeed, LeanIn.org, Huff Post Parents, Art of Manliness, BabyCenter, Babble, Neatorama, Laughing Squid, Reddit, and a host of other websites that smell delicious. He currently presides as Director of Online Engagement at 20th Century Fox Television for programs like Kris Jenner Show, Divorce Court and Dish Nation.
He is allergic to sleep.
Anthony T. DeBenedet, MD
Anthony T. DeBenedet, MD has appeared on The Today Show, regional television, and dozens of radio shows to advocate for a healthy and playful lifestyle. His interviews and writings have run in national and international media outlets, including The New York Times, Associated Press, The Washington Post, and Chicago Tribune. He also contributes to TIME Magazine’s online opinion think-tank, TIME Ideas, which receives nearly 1 million unique hits a day.
Dr. DeBenedet speaks regionally and nationally on health, play, and parenting topics. He was a featured speaker at TEDxDetroit 2011 for his talk Playing For Our Future and at TEDxEMU 2012 for his talk Playing For Our Health. He is also coauthor of The Art of Roughhousing: Good Old-Fashioned Horseplay and Why Every Kid Needs It (Quirk Books, 2011), a parenting book about the importance of parent–child physical play. The Art of Roughhousing has received hundreds of media mentions and been translated into four foreign languages. He is currently sub-specializing in Gastroenterology and living in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he enjoys embarking on make-believe pirate–princess adventures with his wife and three daughters, learning new magic tricks, and shooting hoops.
As Vice President of Development & Communication of National Fatherhood Initiative, Vincent oversees NFI’s fundraising efforts and external communications, runs NFI’s government relations, and manages relationships with corporate and media partners. He is a graduate of The College of New Jersey, where he received a bachelor’s degree in history and economics. He received a master’s degree in communication from Johns Hopkins University, where he wrote a thesis on the depiction of fathers in Hollywood films. Prior to joining National Fatherhood Initiative, Vincent worked for two years as an analyst at Goldman Sachs in New York City. Vincent, his wife Claudia, and their son Vinny live in Maryland.
Carter Gaddis has snapped photos of snow-capped Mt. Fuji from the open deck of a Yokohama-bound, Tokyo-based Blackhawk helicopter; has been threatened with bodily harm by a 320-pound NFL offensive lineman and a 6-foot-5 professional baseball player (not at the same time); spent a Christmas Eve night stranded at O’Hare Airport in Chicago after a missed connecting flight from Green Bay; and stood gazing in awe at Poet’s Corner in Westminster Abbey, only to realize when he looked down that he was treading upon the grave of Charles Dickens. Story telling was Carter’s passion during a 24-year career in sports journalism, and he leans heavily on that experience as writer/publisher of DadScribe.com, a digital repository for personal essays on fatherhood, politics, history, travel, sports and more.
Carter’s blog was founded in February 2012, and he was named one of five Spotlight Bloggers for Dad 2.0 Summit in 2013. In addition to DadScribe, he currently writes for an Internet marketing firm in Tampa, where he also manages social media campaigns. During a journalism career that began in 1987 and ended with the death of American newspapers, Carter’s writing and reporting were recognized for excellence by the Associated Press Sports Editors, the Florida Sportswriters Association, and the Hearst Journalism Awards Program for college journalists. His work has appeared in dozens of print and online publications, including the Tampa Tribune, the Tampa Bay Times, the University of South Florida Alumni Voice magazine, the Good Men Project, Parenting Magazine, MLB.com, CBSSports.com and ESPN.com. Carter covered the Tampa Bay Rays and Major League Baseball for 11 years, as well as the NFL, the NHL, NASCAR, college sports and more. He is a lifetime honorary member of the Baseball Writers Association of America and a baseball Hall of Fame voter. He is living proof that an American living in the first quarter of the 21st century can, in fact, be a fan of NASCAR and NPR, Tolkien and Tolstoy, Hemingway and Flannery O’Connor, Star Wars and Citizen Kane. Carter, his wife and their two young sons live on Cape Cod — for one week a year. They vacation in the suburbs of Tampa, Florida, the other 51 weeks of the year, which is basically an excuse to go to Walt Disney World every other week.
Chef Mark Garcia
CHEF MARK GARCIA is the author of “Entrepreneurial Insanity in the Restaurant Business”. He is also founder of Rock Star Chef Marketing Academy, the legendary branding and marketing training program for chefs, entrepreneurs and food service professionals. For these works, Chef Mark has become a leading authority on the topics of strategic branding, digital & social media marketing, and new concept development.
Chef Mark’s books, videos, newsletters, recipes, products and appearances now inspire millions of people a month nationwide. His next book , “Becoming A Rock Star Chef In The Digital Age” launches in mid-2014. As a single father, his whimsical views on parenting mixed with the experience of a professional chef have thrilled readers, fans and audiences across the country.
Mark is the creator of several innovative and profitable restaurant and retail concepts. He was also an early pioneer in the digital arena and has been marketing online for over 15 years. He consults with Fortune 500 companies in the Retail and CPG marketplace. If you have eaten out at a restaurant or purchased food in the grocery store, there is a good chance that you have enjoyed a meal that he has created, influenced or flavored. Over one million visitors per month download and cook recipes that he and his team have created.
Mark is regularly seen in national and international media, and he has been featured on CNN, NBC News, the BBC, Nation’s Restaurant News, Plate Magazine, Fast Company magazine and other popular digital outlets like; HispanicBusiness.com, Smithsonian.com, Forbes.com, and WSJ.com.
As one of the most in-demand trainers of our time, Mark has shared the stage with Brian Solis, Chef Eric Ripert, Dr. Oz, Deepok Chopra, Tim Ferriss and executives from LinkedIn, Google, Yahoo, Adobe, Cisco, R/GA and many more thought leaders in the digital space.
His clients include chefs, entrepreneurs and executives from 7 countries, and his expertise and training has been sought by, Amazon.com, Brinker International, Google, McCormick, Sam’s Club, Wal-Mart, Whole Foods and several of the top culinary schools in the world.
Meet Chef Mark at www.ChefMarkGarcia.com
Tara Gidus is a nationally recognized expert and media spokesperson on topics of nutrition, fitness, and health promotion, motivating groups large and small on topics such as achieving a healthy weight, preventing disease, maximizing energy, aging well, enhancing sports performance, and creating a positive body image. Tara is currently the team dietitian for the Orlando Magic NBA team and served as a National Media Spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association for five years. She currently appears biweekly as the “Diet Diva” on the national morning television show, The Daily Buzz.
Aaron Gouveia is a 34-year-old father and husband, born and bred in Massachusetts. He has two beautiful sons named Will and Sam, a gorgeous wife named MJ who is far too beautiful to have married him, and the best golden retriever that ever lived. He used to be an award-winning newspaper reporter until he decided to switch careers and take a job as a content manager at IBM. Upset with the lack of information out there for expectant fathers, he started his parenting website www.daddyfiles.com in 2008. Not content with simply showcasing the fun milestones of parenting, his website explores the “other stuff” — the fights, the torment, and the doubt that inevitably accompany life as a husband and father. Mainly because he’s a firm believer that there is often beauty in the sadness, and redemption in the struggle.
As a journalist, Aaron has written for publications such as the Boston Herald, Cape Cod Times, Sun Chronicle, and MetroWest Daily News where he won several awards from the New England Newspaper and Press Association and New England Associated Press News Executives Association. As a dad blogger, Aaron’s pieces have appeared in Parents, American Baby, Huffington Post, iVillage, and BBC Newshour, and was named one of Babble’s Top 50 Dad Blogs in 2011 and 2012. He also worked as the inaugural editor of The Good Men Project’s fatherhood section, which gave him the opportunity to discover dozens of dad bloggers he now counts as friends.”
Ryan E. Hamilton
Ryan E. Hamilton is a father, blogger, podcaster, coder and Co-founder & Chief Web Developer of Life of Dad – The Social Network for Dads. He’s also Senior Front-End Engineer for Verve Mobile, the pioneering leader in location-based mobile advertising.
Ryan is Co-host of “The Life of Dad After Show” podcast with Art Eddy and is currently promoting a new blogging/podcasting effort — called “DaddyDev” — to teach his 7-year-old son (and children and parents worldwide) how to code.
A programmer since elementary school, Ryan has developed various innovative technologies in the areas of search, mobile/iPhone applications, social networking, travel, gaming, professional sports, music/entertainment, news/media, publishing, and nonprofit marketing/fundraising.
As a social entrepreneur, Ryan is devoted to both business and philanthropy and is dedicated to bringing about positive change in America, around the world, and around the universe.
Andy Herald is co-founder and pixel ninja of HowToBeADad.com — an entertainment site for parents, non-parents, or anyone who’s ever had parents really.
As a heavily-caffeinated designer dad, he’s best know for his work on the site’s Instructional Diagram posts which have enjoyed widespread virality. This contributes to his firm belief that he’s not really a writer, but more of a storyteller that occasionally uses words instead of digital art, hand signals and wildlife mating calls.
He has the odd and awesome credit of being the originator of an Internet meme, “banana for scale.”
He is a lover of life, family, friends, fun and other f words. And if you vote for him, all your wildest dreams will come true.
Jim Higley is the Bobblehead Dad – author, speaker, radio show host, spokesperson and cancer warrior. A single father raising three kids, Jim’s book Bobblehead Dad: 25 Life Lessons I Forgot I Knew celebrates the stories waiting for us in the nooks and crannies of our days. Jim writes for several publications, including Men’s Health magazine, the Huffington Post, NBC Universal iVillage and hosts a weekly radio show on fatherhood. www.BobbleheadDad.com.
Lorne Jaffe is a stay-at-home dad who resides in Queens, NY. He is battling depression and anxiety while being the primary caregiver to his daughter, Sienna. He aspires to use his English and Media Studies backgrounds to one day become a professional writer.
By day, Kipp leads the worldwide communications team for Nurun, a global design and technology consultancy. By night, he documents the joys and terrors of being a dad to his precocious seven-year-old son at Lazy Dad’s Guide to Everything. Kipp is a southpaw, an award-winning playwright, a fairly competent quilter, a former journalist, a newly minted frequent flier, and a pretty darned good cook (at least according to his son).
Apex, NC – James, an advocate of at-home parenting, has been the primary caregiver for his family since 2010. Trading his laptop for a diaper bag, James left the Healthcare IT field to conquer child rearing. Disclosing that toddler-hood has been his greatest challenge; above farming, physics and project management. James was recently elected to the Board of The National At-Home Dad Network and sits on the Membership, Convention and Media committees. As co-organizer for the Triangle SAHD group in Raleigh, NC, James helped grow membership by over 200 though media exposure and promoting the “coolness factor” of at-home-dads. Hosting ”the Olympics of at-home dad events”, is the next challenge for James. His group just won the bid to host the National At-Home Dads Convention for two consecutive years in Raleigh. You can follow his blog at apexdaddy.blogspot.com. James restores his own cars, brews his own beer and takes care of his own children…giving many thanks to his supportive and tolerant wife.
Michael Kress is the executive editor of Parents.com, one of the largest parenting websites and the online home of Parents, American Baby, and FamilyFun magazines. He is the former VP of Editorial at Beliefnet.com, and was the founding editor-in-chief of MyJewishLearning.com, a philanthropy-funded, nonprofit educational site. His writing has appeared in Slate, Salon, The Boston Globe, The Dallas Morning News, and many other newspapers, websites, and magazines. He lives in Bronx, N.Y., with his wife and three daughters.
John La Puma MD
John La Puma MD is Clinical Director, Chef Clinic, co-founder of ChefMD and a New York Times best-selling author twice. Dr. La Puma taught the first Nutrition and Cooking course for medical students in the US, at SUNY-Upstate with Dr. Michael Roizen of the Cleveland Clinic, and the first Culinary Medicine clinical course for medical students in the US, at DMU. He has authored dozens of scientific publications, has hosted three PBS television programs on nutrition and health, including his current “ChefMD Shorts” series. Three of his books–ChefMD’s Big Book of Culinary Medicine, Cooking the RealAge Way and The RealAge Diet–have been bestsellers around the world and have been translated into 8 languages. Also a professionally trained chef, Dr. La Puma cooked with Chicago’s Chef Rick Bayless at Topolobampo weekly for nearly four years and hosted “What’s Cooking with ChefMD?” for over 100 episodes on the national cable network Lifetime TV. His new “Refuel Minute” 13 episode series is available on YouTube.com/drlapuma. The Wall Street Journal has called him a “Secret Weapon” against cholesterol and heart disease and Dr. La Puma has been honored with the American Medical Association/National Association of Medical Communicators “Award of Excellence”. His new book, REFUEL, aims to help men boost testosterone naturally, and change how men think about what they eat–as fuel too. A practicing physician, board-certified in internal medicine, he sees patients and is based in Santa Barbara, California. Visit him at drjohnlapuma.com
Jim Lin is a VP, Digital Strategist at Ketchum PR. In addition to relishing the fact that he gets to legitimately hang out on Twitter all day, Jim’s job is to push the boundaries of digital and social media to ensure that his clients break through the chatter to become the conversation, whatever or wherever that may be. Jim’s professional background encompasses over sixteen years of business development, marketing, and public relations experience. On the personal side, Jim is the blogger behind the popular Busy Dad Blog. To the outside world, his blog is a repository of anecdotal parenting adventures; to Jim, it is a roadmap that helps him piece together where he’s been the past couple days, when he suddenly wakes up drooling and disoriented in his office. As BusyDad, Jim has worked with numerous consumer brands on campaigns as well as ambassadorships, including Huggies, Vicks, and Zatarain’s. He is also is active in conference circles, having served as a speaker at BlogHer, BlogWorld, Blissdom, Dad 2.0 Summit, Mom 2.0 Summit, Type-A Parent, Bulldog Reporter, and PR Newswire. A native Bostonian, Jim holds a BA degree from Harvard University, a black belt in Shotokan Karate, a few Muay Thai trophies, and a whole lot of bumps and bruises to show for it… actually, those are from his kids.
Laura Harrison Mayes
Laura Harrison Mayes is an Emmy-winning writer, and a co-founder of the Mom 2.0 Summit, Mom 2.0 Experiences, Camp Mighty, Go Mighty, Kirtsy and Harrison Mayes Media. Over the last few years, she has created, developed and produced a variety of events and programs for women in media including industry conferences, brand events, travel programs, book and product launches, national art exhibits, and nationwide programs to educate and connect women in media. Laura also created and edited the Kirtsy book, Kirtsy Takes a Bow: A Celebration of Women’s Online Favorites and continues to write for a variety of blogs and publications, including her personal blog, Blog con Queso. She speaks regularly at events like SxSW, the ALT Design Conference, TribeCon and Interactive Strategies.
Stacy Morrison is Editor in Chief and Director, Content Programming for BlogHer, Inc., the largest women’s publisher on the web, representing roughly 10,000 blog creators and social media influencers who reach more than 95 million readers a month. Before going fully digital, Morrison was an award-winning magazine editor for 21 years, including stints at the helm of Redbook, Modern Bride, and ONE: Design Matters (a dot.com crossmedia publication, which one three Ozzies in its short lifespan). She was also part of the launch teams for Time Out New York and Conde Nast Sports for Women and held senior positions at Marie Claire and Mirabella. She is also author of the best-selling memoir “Falling Apart In One Piece.”
Jyl Johnson Pattee
Jyl Johnson Pattee is the founder of Mom It Forward Media, a digital agency and network of social media influencers. She is also the co-founder of the evo Conference (2010-12), the founder of Family Forward Retreats and Events, and was on the founding board of the Social Media Club of Salt Lake City (2010-11). Currently, she sits on the Mom Advisory Council for ONE.org, is a Shot@Life Champion with the United Nations Foundation, was named one of Parent Magazine’s Top 10 Power Moms, and is on Babble’s list of Top Twitter Moms.
Through her Mom It Forward company, Jyl provides unique media opportunities to companies and organizations that want to reach influential parents online. She also consults regularly about using social media to extend brand reach to parents, including dads and millennial moms.
In a past life, she was an award-winning copywriter, designer of corporate training programs for Fortune 100 companies, and PTO president. Offline, Jyl is married to @Dadventurous; a mom to two boys; loves large amounts of cheese, dancing, and traveling; and lives in the beautiful Rocky Mountains.
Jeff is the Executive Director of Digital at Forge Worldwide, a Boston based brand strategy, creative, and digital agency. Jeff’s career is highlighted by over 15 years of development, design and project management in the digital marketing industry. He has successfully lead development and design teams during tenures at Digitas, Sapient, and Toth + Co. Jeff has extensive experience working with national brands and storied companies such as Cisco, Staples, Proctor & Gamble (Oral-B and Crest), General Motors, Dragon NaturallySpeaking and Hallmark.
Outside of the office Jeff is a recognized leader with The Livestrong Foundation and serves on the Arts & Technology Education Committee in Chelmsford, MA where he lives with his wife Jennifer and two sons Dante and Roman. You can find him on Twitter at @jporzio.
Paul Raeburn is a journalist and blogger, and the author of Do Fathers Matter? What Science Is Telling Us About the Parent We’ve Overlooked, to be published by Scientific American/Farrar, Straus and Giroux for Father’s Day, 2014. He is the author of three previous books, including most recently Acquainted with the Night, a memoir of raising children with depression and bipolar disorder. His work appears regularly in The New York Times, Discover, Psychology Today, The Huffington Post, and others, and he is a frequent guest on NPR.
Paul also writes the About Fathers blog for Psychology Today, and he is the chief media critic for the Knight Science Journalism Tracker and writes regularly for Discover magazine.
He was the science editor and chief science correspondent at the Associated Press from 1981-1996, and a senior editor and writer at BusinessWeek from 1996-2003. He is a past president of the National Association of Science Writers, and a recipient of its Science in Society award, along with numerous other prizes.
A native of Detroit, Raeburn now lives in New York City with his wife, the writer Elizabeth DeVita-Raeburn, and their two children.
Chris Read is the voice behind the blog, Canadian Dad. He is also the founder of Kindness Canada, which aims to inspire the masses with stories of kindness from across the world. He is a husband, father, writer, musician and social media junkie. In his spare time…Chris is also the co-founder of the Gil Read Memorial Foundation, which helps less fortunate children compete in organized sport.
Tom Riles is a husband, father, and founder of Life of Dad, the social network for dads. In addition, Tom is the audience warm-up comic for “The Ellen DeGeneres” show, and well as many other Hollywood hits including “Dancing with the Stars,” “The Voice.” Tom is also an on-air TV personality, appearing on shows across the nation, and recently hosting the singing competition, “3 Minutes to Stardom.”
Chris Routly is the creator of The Daddy Doctrines, where he writes and draws stuff inspired by his life as the full-time stay-at-home dad to two young boys in Portland, Oregon. His little blog got big attention when he joined others in the dad community in calling out brands who fall back on old stereotypes about fathers as inept parents, and found himself thrust into the role of Accidental Activist and Dad Advocate. Also, there was that time he made a diagram comparing toddlers to drunk monkey politicians. In addition to his blog, Chris has written and illustrated several of his own children’s books, which can be found at SketchBoy Productions.
Charlie Seymour Jr
Charlie Seymour Jr: Little did he know at age 11, when a DuPont scientist (whose job was to invent VHS tape) taught him video directing, that he’d grow up to use his producing skills to help you profit through online marketing and video. Now he’s a husband, dad, and granddad. He knows in his heart how powerful video is (he’s often called the Video-Crazed MBA Marketer). Not long after losing his father, he started a video blog, LessonsFromMyGrandson.com, so that his grandson would never grow up not knowing who he was. Oh, sure – he has an MBA from Wharton and an award-winning sales record, but it’s his early learning that sets him apart.
Charles R. Scott
National Geographic-featured adventurer Charles R. Scott, also known as The Family Adventure Guy, has traveled the world doing endurance challenges with his two children linked to charitable causes. He is the author of the book Rising Son: A Father and Son’s Bike Adventure across Japan and has been published in CNBC, National Geographic, the Huffington Post, and other publications. He has spoken at the World Bank, Harvard Business School, Vistage International CEO groups, and many other events. His trips have been featured in The New York Times, Outside Magazine, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, and on TV shows, radio programs, magazines and newspapers around the world. The United Nations named him a “Climate Hero” for his work on environmental causes, Casio named him a Pro Trek Adventurer, and Red Tricycle selected him as “One of NYC’s Coolest Dads.” Prior to becoming a writer and family adventurer, Charles worked at Intel Corporation for 14 years in a variety of management positions and as a director in the corporation’s venture capital group.
Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas
As the CEO & Co-Founder of the Carson J Spencer Foundation (CJSF) and Co-Founder of Man Therapy®, Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas is a both clinical psychologist and an impact entrepreneur. The Carson J Spencer Foundation is named after her brother, a Denver business leader who died by suicide after a difficult battle with bipolar disorder. Known nationally and internationally as an innovator in social change, Spencer-Thomas has helped start up multiple large-scale, gap filling efforts in mental health. One of the projects the Carson J Spencer Foundation is most known for is their partnership effort with Colorado’s Office of Suicide Prevention and Cactus (a full-service advertising firm) called Man Therapy. Man Therapy is a groundbreaking new approach to men’s mental health promotion and suicide prevention. The program uses a fictional therapist called “Dr. Rich Mahogany” to reshape the mental health conversation, using humor to cut through stigma and tackle issues like depression, divorce and even suicidal thoughts head on, the way a man would do it. Dr. Spencer-Thomas lives in Colorado with her partner and three sons.
I’m a single dad with three wonderful — if occasionally infuriating — children: a 17yo daughter, a 13yo son, and a 10yo daughter. I have learned in this journey that it’s pointless to hope that all three of them will be happy and pleasant simultaneously, so I count the blessings of those days when at least one of them isn’t rockin’ the boat. But it’s all worth it. At least, that’s what I keep telling myself. I’m based in Boulder, Colorado and run my own media company, writing, producing video, teaching and consulting with companies about corporate strategy and marketing tactics. You can find my popular dad blog at GoFatherhood.com
Mark Trahan is the owner of Trahan Counseling, focused on assisting couples and men with issues such as addiction, life transitions, and infidelity. He is also a research assistant and doctoral student at the Graduate College of Social Work of the University of Houston. He has conducted research on fathering variables contributing to child outcomes, most recently publishing an article entitled “Fathering Behavior within the Context of Role Expectations and Marital Satisfaction: A Framework for Fathering Behavior”. Mark was awarded a teaching fellowship by the Graduate College of Social Work and is a research assistant to Dr. Monit Cheung. He has been awarded several honors for his academic accomplishments. Mark is also a faculty member of the Institute for Spirituality and Health in the Texas Medical Center.
Andy Tu is the EVP Marketing at Defy Media, a leading digital media company formed by the 2013 merger of Alloy Digital and Break Media. Defy Media creates some of the most popular content on the web including the male oriented brands Break, Made Man, SMOSH, Screen Junkies and The Escapist, together reaching more than 125 million consumers monthly through owned web, YouTube, mobile, social and emerging OTT platforms.
Andy leads strategy across corporate and consumer marketing initiatives for the company including research, trade and consumer marketing, public relations, social media, audience development, events and creative services. Rooted in research, Andy spearheads the company’s Acumen Report: The Definitive Guide to Men, a yearly study that provides insight into men’s lifestyles and behaviors to help bridge the gap between advertisers and audience. Last year’s study received national media attention for shining a light on the changing dynamic of men and masculinity. Andy will reveal the results of this year’s study at the Dad 2.0 Summit in New Orleans.
Andy joined the Break Media team in 2007 and was instrumental in developing the company’s initial go-to-market sales strategy, which helped grow Break Media’s client roster from a small handful of partners into hundreds of relationships with blue chip clients across various industries including entertainment, gaming, CPG and automotive. Throughout his time at Break Media, Andy has championed a multi-year partnership with Movember, an organization that raises awareness and funds for men’s health issues by encouraging men to grow moustaches during the month formerly known as November.
Andy is a proud Nebraska native and lives in Los Angeles with his wife. Prior to Break Media, Andy worked in sales strategy and account management at AOL to help develop and execute integrated campaigns for AOL’s most valued advertising partners.
Mike Vardy is a writer, speaker, podcaster, and “productivityist”. He has served as the Managing Editor at Lifehack, and contributed articles on productivity to 99u, Lifehacker, The Next Web, SUCCESS Magazine, and The Huffington Post. He is the author of The Front Nine: How To Start The Year You Want Anytime You Want (published by Diversion Books), The Productivityist Workbook, and The NOW Year: A Practical Guide to Calendar Management. Mike has delivered talks on the topic of task and time management at events like New Media Expo, Social Media Camp, creativeLIVE, and TEDx Victoria. Mike also co-hosts the productivity and workflow podcast Mikes on Mics on the popular 5by5 network. Mike lives in Victoria, BC, Canada with his amazing and supportive wife, daughter, and son.
Al Watts is an eleven-year veteran stay-at-home dad to four children ages 11, 9, 6 and 5 in Chicago, IL. He is the President of The National At-Home Dad Network, a 501c3 non-profit community that provides support, education and advocacy for fathers who are the primary caregivers of their children. Al is also the co-author of a book project of real stories of the new fatherhood culture to be published by Motivational Press on Father’s Day 2014 titled ”Dads Behaving Dadly.”