Our 268th Dad in the Limelight is Bobby Barzi. I want to thank Bobbi for being a part of this series. It has been great getting connected with him and now sharing him with all of you.
1) Tell me about yourself, (as well as how you are in the limelight for my readers knowledge)
My company, fodada, and its formation may be a good telling tale about me. Prior to my first child I had lived a great life filled with many twists and turns and ups and downs. Nonetheless, I considered myself quite lucky. My first son’s arrival was unreal. I can sincerely say that I was in awe of everything. When my second son was born I realized that being a great dad was indeed a passion and I was inspired to cultivate the seed that is now fodada.
At a very basic level I wanted to thank dads that were great and promote being a great dad to all. I identified my cause, then I had to build a brand around it to provide notoriety and exposure to the cause. Fashion became that outlet. fodada was started with the idea that all great dads deserve clothing that is basic, simple, comfortable with a dash of hip. We are now using this brand to promote a great fatherhood experience as well as leveraging it to support all that is important to dads through local, regional and international programs. (www.fodadawear.com)
I had always admired great dads, those that exceeded societal expectations and got their hands “dirty,” but when I actually experienced it myself the importance of it was overwhelming. I will always give the credit to amazing mother’s as they usually are the cornerstone of a great family, but I began to realize was how much a great dad’s involvement can balance and assist with raising a family.
2) Tell me about your family
My wife Mandy, our two sons, Pierce and Royce, and I live in Southern California, where we enjoy spending time with family and friends and participating in outdoor activities. The tag team of “Duke of Destruction” and “Captain Crunch” keep us on our toes, but we love every minute of it.
3) What has been the largest challenge you have had in being a father?
Finding time to sleep Seriously, it’s interesting to think of a “challenge” in respect to being a father. If I have to pick one, I would say making sure that I have some alone time with my wife. We have been very good about carving out “us” time with date nights and mini trips to ensure that we connect on the same level we did prior to kids.
4) What advice would you give to other fathers?
Don’t think of fatherhood as a one-way experience. The perspective a child provides is extremely important, it’s the most basic and beautiful perspective in life. I have loved learning from my children as much as I have loved teaching them.
5) Seeing that you (or your position) are in the limelight, how have you come to balance parenthood and outside life? If you are currently not in the limelight per se, please still answer this in regards to how you balance parenthood and outside life.
I think my business is unique as it was developed because of my family. Therefore, they are an integral part of the vision. Outside of my business, my family is far and away my number one priority, and I always remind myself of that, whether it be at a business crossroad or on a more difficult day.
6) What have you learned from the fathers that you have interacted with?
First, that there is no one way to be a great dad. Everybody has their own style and it has to match them and their kids. With that, there are amazing dads out there who do so much and love every minute of it. That was the seed for fodada. An involved dad brings a new dimension to family and a contributes to a happy household.
7) What else would you share regarding your experiences as a father thus far?
There are times that I have both boys screaming in the middle of a room with tons of toys, music blaring, and fruit and goldfish scattered everywhere. Don’t get me wrong, it is a ton of work, but it’s the hardest and most enjoyable work I have ever had to do. I look forward to it every day. When you get that look from your child and see that he is happy, it does not get better than that. Every time I think it can’t get better, it does.
8) What have been the most memorable experiences that you have had thus far as a parent?
I’ve loved experiencing moments that have reminded me of memories with my dad. Sharing what I learned from my dad has been overwhelmingly fulfilling.
If you have any questions for Bobby, please leave a comment here and I will make sure that he gets them so that he may be able to respond!