There’s a handful of things that connect nearly all dads. Corny senses of humor, a knack for embarrassing their kids. And this unexplained fascination with building “character” (whatever that means).
But maybe there’s more to the story of fatherhood. Maybe the rest of that story is a key to how we can truly connect our messaging with dads everywhere.
Enter Reno Dads and their founders, local fathers Mike McDowell and David Bradfield. Reno Dads seeks to influence fatherhood right here in the Biggest Little City in the World. Reno Dads hopes to make initial strides by shining a spotlight on fatherhood and providing local dads with a forum and a voice.
By empowering, educating and even entertaining fathers, Reno Dads is working to make active, engaged fatherhood the norm in our community and avoid the impending fatherhood crisis in America. While the issue won’t be solved overnight by two people, it’s probably a better plan than dad’s idea of rubbing some dirt on it.
Join us as Mike and David take us on the maiden voyage of Reno Dads, from concept to strategy, and the future of fatherhood in Reno and America.
$40 after Friday, Nov. 3rd
Reno Dads Founder and Director of Operations
Father, Husband, Nevadan. David, a fifth generation Nevadan, grew up in the Truckee Meadows and graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno. Prior to his return to Reno, David had the pleasure of serving all over the world as an undercover CIA officer, notably in North Africa during the Arab Spring. Despite all the fun the CIA had to offer, the most exciting adventure he has ever undertaken is that of fatherhood and the adventures that his two boys take him on.
The honor of serving our country is great and he feels it is his responsibility to continue serving in his community, home, and family. He is humbled to have joined his great friends, fathers whom he respects immensely, on this project to bring our values and experiences on fatherhood to the masses and build a community dedicated to one of the most overshadowed and important parts of parenting: fatherhood.
Reno Dads Founder and Editor-in-Chief
Mike is a native Reno resident and a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno, with a degree in Journalism and Marketing. After graduating, Mike traveled the United States only to realize that he missed the mountains, the Truckee river and, most importantly, the people in northern Nevada. Since his return in 2005, he’s played the iconic role of advertising executive (minus the cigarette smoking and chauvinism).
The most important role he’s played, however, is that of husband to his wife and father to his two sons. The Reno Dads project is an opportunity for self-reflection, self-improvement and community building. No stranger to giving back to our community, Mike derives great joy from the opportunity to bring this community together in an effort to show support for our fathers and our families. Mike believes that a community of good fathers can have an incredible impact on this community’s future. If Reno is a heart of active fatherhood, it will be a better place for us all.