Hey, this is Jake Sklar, Randy’s son.
I’ve been working at Sklar Technology Partners with my dad for a while, learning the ropes and helping with marketing. With Father’s Day coming up, my sisters and I have decided to take over the front page of the newsletter to share stories about the Randy many of you have never met — our awesome dad.
My No. 1 passion in life is hockey. I’ve been playing since I was 10 years old. When I was younger, my dad would take my cousin and I to hockey tournaments out of town. It was on those trips that my dad and I became pretty close.
Dad has always been really into nutrition. He taught us how to eat good, healthy food that would help us play better. He’s always tried to show us what it’s like to be a leader and compete on a higher level. Now that I’ve started working with him, I see a lot of that in his business. He is always looking for ways to improve himself and the company.
My dad is the sort of person who always pushes himself further. That’s definitely a motivator for me. He’s a good, positive influence to be around, and I’m glad to have him in my life.
This past April, my dad took me to New York City to tour a bunch of college campuses. It was a super cool trip with just the two of us, and we had a lot of fun. Between touring different schools, we ate a lot of great food, went shopping, took a ghost tour of the city, visited the 9/11 memorial, and saw “Kinky Boots” on Broadway. It was a great trip, and in the end, I’m pretty sure I picked out the college I’m going to attend.
I loved being able to spend quality time with my dad. I’m only at his house every other week, and we’re both so busy that I don’t get to see him much. But he’s a good dad, and he’s always pushed me to work hard and get good grades. Touring campuses and falling in love with my future school made me realize what all that hard work was for. He’s a great dad, and I think he’s done a good job.
I’ve been able to spend a lot of one-on-one time with my dad recently. Since my siblings are older and busy with their own things, it’s often just my dad and I during dinner. We usually go out to eat somewhere and spend time talking about almost anything. It’s really nice to be able to talk my problems out with my dad.
He has taught me a lot of valuable life lessons, and he’s always ready to “real talk” and give it to me straight. When we discuss the future, he doesn’t sugar coat it. “You have to get a job,” he has said. “And life is going to be stressful at times. But whatever you decide to do with your life, I’ll be here to support you.”
It feels really good to have that kind of support, especially since I’m 16 and have no idea what I want to do with my life! But whatever I choose, I know my dad will be there for me, offering great advice along the way. I’m lucky to have such a great dad.
Happy Father’s Day, Dad! We all agree that you’re pretty great.
Thanks for reading,
The Sklar Kids
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