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June 17, 2021

Recognizing Dads

Recognizing Dads

Recognizing dads.

Dads are rad! Single dads! New dads! Old dads! Step-dads! Adoptive dads! Foster dads! Granddads! Dog dads…? Yeah, we’ll count those too, but just this once. 

To the dads who taught us how to shave, how to cook, how to have an opinion. 

To the dads who were our heroes, our examples, our friends.

To the dads who give it their all.

To the dads who stay up late to help us on projects.

To the dads who let us borrow money.

To the dads who encourage us to follow our dreams.

To the dads who sacrificed for us.

To the dads who never give up. 

And now some recognition for our own dads:

My father is the reason why I started Awardco. He’s been a senior recognition consultant for some of the biggest brands in the world. He has a passion for quality and creating an exceptional experience for customers. He introduced me to the world of appreciation, and through many conversations, he helped me shape the idea of creating a better way, and for that, I will always be in debt to his wisdom and leadership. -Steve Sonnenberg
If a hero is simply someone who is good, someone you admire, and someone you aspire to be like, then my dad is definitely a hero of mine. He’s not a titan of industry, renown, or even stature (small person genes), but he’s had a giant impact on my life. He is always the first to smile, crack a joke, or show gratitude and my worldview was shaped by his example. He’s the first to sacrifice his time, attention or energy to help those around him and I’m trying to be better about that. He was an art director and I followed him into the creative field because he taught me how to think creatively by critiquing ads around the dinner table. He’s a great man and I’m grateful he’s my dad. -Sam Stroman, Creative Director
If you were to read a list of accomplishments by my Dad it would sound like a bunch of tall tales—but they're all real. He grew up in a coal mining camp in West Virginia. Joined the Navy and flew planes off aircraft carriers in Vietnam. Lived in a VW van for a year traveling the country. Fought governmental corruption in West Virginia. Got a graduate degree when he was past normal college age. Won the state tournament for horseshoe pitching. I could go on, but my Dad is a great example of someone who works hard, follows his gut, and has the utmost integrity. I'm grateful for him. -Bronson Dameron, Head of Content
I feel bad for anyone who hasn’t had the opportunity to meet my father, because he has such a positive impact on every single person he meets. He has taught me to stay positive, be reasonable with myself and others, be kind, and be genuine. I have yet to meet someone who is not fond of my dad but if I did, that says a lot more about their character than it does my father. I love him so so much and am grateful to be raised by such a great man. -Rachel Bodon, Account Executive 
I don’t think I can talk about my dad without crying, if I’m being honest! I even have his handwriting tattooed on my arm. It's only because I love him so much, and I am continuously grateful for all that he does for me. He is definitely someone that doesn’t love and trust easily, but at the same time he taught me that when you feel any emotion…to allow yourself feel all of it. That a main part of life is to strive to be sensitive and kind towards others, no matter how difficult it may be. I think that it's almost impossible to verbalize the amount of love and respect I have for my dad. I am so grateful that he showed me how important a work ethic is, but how it's even more important to put that same effort into your home and family. He lives so far away from me now, but he calls me at least once a day to make sure that I am happy in the life that I'm living. I really don’t think that I could have ever asked for a better dad/best friend. -Mary Brown, Fulfillment Account Manager
I love my dad! I can always call him when I need help, even if it’s something he doesn’t know much about he always has an answer for me. He’s taught me how to be a good leader, friend, and person. - Lauren Laws, Senior Copywriter
My dad has always set a strong example for me, and I look up to him in many ways. He's the first person I call for advice, and he's always quick to offer his love. I'm so grateful to be his son. -Chipper Whatcott, Graphic Designer 

What else can we say? We wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for our amazing dads. Happy Father’s Day from Awardco! 


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