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Meet NFI Dad Jason Katoski

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All this month, NFI is "Celebrating Father's Month" because we think dad deserves more than one day! We're featuring dads as a reminder throughout the month -- to celebrate dad beyond Father's Day.

Meet Jason Katoski, NFI Finance. Jason has two toddlers. Watch Jason talk Charles Barkley and naptime strategy: 

For tips and tools on how to connect fathers with kids during this month and beyond, sign up for our Dad Email.

Meet the rest of the NFI Dads who are Celebrating Father's Month.

Celebrating Father's Month, Meet NFI Dad Erik Vecere

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During the entire month of June, NFI is Celebrating Father's Month! Because we think dad deserves more than one day! As you may have assumed, NFI has a lot of dads. So we're featuring dads as a reminder throughout the month -- to celebrate your dad more than one day. Meet Erik below: 

Erik VecereName: Erik Vecere

NFI Team:
VP of National Programming

Number of Kids & Ages: 2 daughters, ages 18 and 12

What's the lamest gift you ever gave your dad?

A bottle of aftershave.

What's the best piece of advice you've ever received about fatherhood?
The best thing I can do for my daughters is to love my wife (I saw it modeled from my dad and it was reinforced by NFI).

What's a good day to you as a dad?
When I can make my daughters laugh uncontrollably.

What's the one thing you always carry with you (you can’t leave home without this)?
iPod

What's one thing you wish you could do more?
Have jam sessions with my daughters (we all play instruments).

What man most changed your life? The previous pastor at my church because he showed me you can be a Christian and still have fun!

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What's your most memorable moment as a dad? Being thanked by my daughter for interviewing her dates.

What’s one thing your dad always taught you?
Be a man of your word.

At this stage of fatherhood, to what do you most look forward?
Seeing my daughters make wise relationship choices and start families of their own.


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Dad Deserves More Than One Day! NFI Celebrates Fathers with Spotlight on NFI Dads

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During the month of June, NFI plans to Celebrate Father's Month! That's right, month. We think dads deserve more than one day! During June, we will get to know NFI dads and learn how to celebrate fathers more than one day. Meet our first NFI dad below:

photo584 resized 600Name: Chris Brown

NFI Team: Executive Team

Number of kids & ages: 2 girls, ages 17 and 14

What's the lamest gift you ever gave your dad? I honestly don’t remember.

What's the best piece of advice you've ever received about fatherhood? Don’t project your consequences on your children. This means you shouldn’t expect that the consequences of your children’s behavior will mimic or result in the same consequences as similar behavior that you engaged in (e.g. I did “x” and it didn’t result in a bad outcome; therefore, if my child does the same thing it won’t result in a bad outcome.)

What's a good day to you as a dad? When I see a teachable moment and use it to engage one of my children in a meaningful conversation that teaches them an important value, moral, or lesson.

What's the one thing you always carry with you? Wallet

What's one thing you wish you could do more? Play golf and go on physically active vacations. My idea of leisure is to be active.

What man most changed your life? Gilbert Kushner. He was one of my graduate school professors at the University of South Florida.  

He challenged me to think and write creatively, to trust my intuition, and to challenge myself professionally unlike any teacher I’ve ever had.

What's your most memorable moment as a dad? It would probably be cliché to say the birth of my children. There are so many memorable moments.

The moment I’ll choose is the time soon after we acquired our first rescue dog. My youngest daughter was only 2 years old.  We were playing together with the dog and somehow startled the dog. The dog accidentally cut the face and eye of my daughter.  There was blood everywhere.  

Fortunately, two EMTs lived a few doors down. I rushed my daughter over there and they quickly bandaged her head and took us to the hospital.

To thoroughly examine my daughter, the emergency-room physician and nurses had to tie down my daughter on a papoose because she was so upset and thrashing about.

Fortunately, the physician determined the dog had only scratched the inside of her eyelid and not the eye.  

During the time we rushed her to the hospital and the doctor examined her, all I could think about was how guilty I felt for allowing this to happen and prayed her eye would not be damaged.  I felt incredible relief and gratitude when I learned she was okay.   

My daughter still has a scar over her eye that reminds me of that moment.

CelebratingFathersDayMonthLOGO 02 resized 600What’s one thing your dad always taught you? In an inadvertent way, to be there for my children and family.

At this stage of fatherhood, what do you most look forward to as a dad? Seeing my girls grow into mature, compassionate, successful women who will pursue their dreams and interests.

Remember, dad deserves more than one day!

Wondering what to get Dad for Father's Day? Instead of adding to his tie collection, give a gift that will make a difference and celebrate his impact in your life.

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