Alvin: Who are you, what do you do, and what do you enjoy most about it?
Nathan: My name is Nathan Greenberg and I’m a proud father and husband. For the last fifteen years I have worked as an executive in the marketing and advertising industries on the client, media, and agency side. I currently serve as the Marketing Director for a large Southern California automotive dealership group. My years of experience taught me that through media, a person or organization has the ability to affect the opinions of the public. Unfortunately, I’ve seen too many examples of our mass media being used to insult the role of fatherhood in today’s family. That is why I founded ProActiveDads. What I enjoy most is putting my knowledge and experience to work to change the portrayal of fatherhood in the media and society.
Alvin: Pick any man in the world as your role model who would it be and why?
Nathan: Asking me to choose one is almost unfair. But no hard feelings. No man can be everything to everyone. I’ll catch myself occasionally trying to hypothesize the decision my own father would make in a particular situation. He was a tremendous example to me of a great dad who knew when to fight for his son and when to fight his son. He tried to teach me respect, patience, understanding, curiosity, and dedication. To this day, many of my oldest friends will stay say, “you have a pretty cool dad”.
Alvin: What do you wish to accomplish 1 year from today?
Nathan: I hope to continue seeing wonderful accomplishments, new adventures, and a constant stream of questions from my son. He will be three years old and still exploring those critical years of development that will shape his attitudes and actions far into the future. When it comes to ProActiveDads, I strive for greater influence in the media and politics – working to change how people in power understand the value of positive fatherhood portrayal. (A profitable blog wouldn’t hurt either.)
Alvin: What has been your greatest experience so far as a dad?
Nathan: Fatherhood has given me no shortage of great experiences. Each new milestone my son achieves strikes me as a supernova of joy and pride. The most honest answer to your question -at the risk of sounding like the easy way out- is that fatherhood itself has been the greatest experience. And that is a fascinating thought…since I have so many years of fatherhood ahead of me!
Alvin: What has been your largest step to manhood?
Nathan: So much of being a man is about responsibility.The journey towards manhood has been a long one for me. As a Jew, I was entrusted with adult decisions by my Jewish community at the age of 13. I started my first company and saw my first “pay check” when I was 14. By age 16, I was an Eagle Scout and driving a car. At the age of 18 I registered for the draft and cast my first vote in an election. I married at the age of 25. No responsibility in my life compares to becoming a father. Caring for the life and well being of a child is, without question, my largest step to manhood.
Alvin: What has been the best advice you received about being a man?
Nathan: I don’t recall any specific “being a man means…” advice from anyone. (Sorry dad. I’m sure you had a conversation or two about this with me.) And I don’t see that as a negative because actions speak louder than words. As I mentioned earlier, I hold up my dad as a role model and most of my education has been by observation of his actions and the actions of others who have had an influence in my life.