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My Message to Dads: Fathers Rock! Mentors Rock!

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I’m Terry Allen. By day I’m a Dallas-based FedEx Account Executive in our sales department. To my family, I’m “dad” – coach, mentor and positive role model. If you ask my son, I am the bank, the chauffeur and the nosey guy who meddles in all of his decisions.

I know all too well that for various reasons, not every family has a father figure. Growing up in a single parent household, I saw the challenges my mom had as a widower raising, at the time, seven siblings. What was so amazing is that my mother made sure that there were male role models for my brothers, sisters and myself.  My uncles, grandfathers and older cousins were ever present in our lives. Looking back, I realize my childhood taught me not only how important it is to be a father but it was also living proof that men in the community could provide mentoring and guidance. To me, contributing to the emotional success of the family is just as important as providing a paycheck. 

Today, I mentor fathers to help them understand that they play a critical role in their family’s success.  The Sunday dinner table is a great place to start. For the past 15 years, I’ve spent Father’s Day with an entire community of dads, mentors and community leaders at A Father’s Table.  A Father’s Table is an annual celebration in Dallas that highlights fatherhood, leadership, mentoring and community. This year, over 750 folks attended to enjoy dishes prepared by 38 volunteer chefs locally and from around the country – including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, San Antonio and New Orleans.

Through my volunteer work mentoring men and helping families flourish, I’ve found that men who take time to succeed in the kitchen and dinner table also succeed as fathers, husbands, businessmen and community leaders.

My message to dads: Fathers Rock!

To all you dads and mentors out there: I hope you will take this message as a challenge. Tonight, prepare a meal for your family. Then, sit down and enjoy it with them.  You’ll be glad you did it.

To everyone in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex - I hope to meet you and your family next Father’s Day at the Father’s Table event.

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True leadership is in fact found in action, not position. Simply put.... BZ Terry

I can barely type through the tears. What a wonderful person you are ! Your family is very lucky.

I knew the first time you called our office as our FedEx rep you were special! The above article just confirms my thoughts. Thank you for helping. Our world needs more men like you. Awesome job!!!!

Terry, what an inspirational message! Thank you for encouraging men to be there as an example for one another and for young men and women! "As iron sharpens iron..." God bless you, my friend!

Mr. Allen, this indeed was such an inspirational story of giving back. It is always good to see MEN uplifting MEN, MEN encouraging MEN and above all MEN being positive role models for other MEN. Great Job!! I hope you are Blessed to continue this mission of hope for all MEN who may not feel like they are doing their best but they can assured that all they do and you do is greatly appreciated.

i had the privilege to share in this event this year and I can't wait to participate again! It was such a blessing to see the support of parents especially fathers! This is an awesome event and I pray it grows every year!

Great work brother. Keep it up. We need more positive role models.

Well done, Terry Allen! My favorite line: "To me, contributing to the emotional success of the family is just as important as providing a paycheck." What many people need to realize is that providing and contributing to the emotional success of the family IS the paycheck. That paycheck is an investment that pays dividends throughout generations. A Father's Table is necessary in every community. Not only does it celebrate dads overall, it allows fathers, grandfathers, brothers, uncles and mentors, to celebrate themselves with fellow fathers. Kudos, Terry. A Father's Table is only the beginning.

FedEx can be very proud of the service you provide back to the community in addition to the fantastic service you provide to me for my shipping needs. Thank You for all of the help you have provided past, present and also I am sure into the future.

HI Terry Allen, keep up the good work your and you are a blessing to your son.

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