He is one half of the single greatest influence of your life. Independent of if your father was absent or present, bad or good, how you reconcile that experience instructs who you are to self, in relationships, and in life.  

Within the constructs of ICON MANN, I am able to meet some of the most engaging and successful men across industries. And yes, while their professional titles, awarded accomplishments, and monetary merits are impressive, what astounds me most about them is how utterly phenomenal they are as husbands, boyfriends, partners, sons, friends, and fathers. So when it came time to think about how ICON MANN would observe Father’s Day 2016, I didn’t have to look far. We decided to ask some questions and our men provided the answers: 

JAY ELLIS, star of the new HBO series Insecure, pays wonderful tribute to his father and Little Debbie™ swiss rolls. AARON WALTON, Co-CEO of Walton Isaacson, shares what three generations of Black male inspiration looks like on any given day. CHRIS BROWN, Grammy Award® winning singer, songwriter, and Artist, speaks about stepping into the greatest and most desired role of his life: fatherhood. JEFF RUSH, Private Wealth Manager, addresses the necessity of finding the home vs. work balance and planning for family. POOCH HALL, star of Showtime series Ray Donovan, inspires with insight on the toughest and most joyous journey of his life. CAMERON MITCHELL, Agent at CAA, who says a lot on any given day to clients and executives, but his most important words are always, ‘I love you’ to his kids. BLAIR UNDERWOOD, star of ABC’s Agents of the S.H.I.E.L.D, whose love of quality drive time, inspired by his father, has become a family tradition. 

Their stories are not the same, and the lessons from them are lasting. My guess is that you will be inspired. Thank you to each of these fathers, like BRAD JOHNSON, Restaurateur, whose focus is to be present in the lives of their children. ICON MANN salutes you. Happy Father’s Day, now go and watch the NBA Playoffs! You’ve earned it!!