Research from the National Center for Fathering

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National Center for Fathering

An award-winning sales professional, Matthew Musheno brings nearly two decades of experience to his current position as a senior account executive with Johnson Controls in Atlanta, Georgia. Outside of his professional life, Matthew Musheno gives back to the community through his support of nonprofit organizations such as the National Center for Fathering (NCF).

Founded in 1990 by Dr. Ken Canfield, NCF is a nonprofit group dedicated to providing resources and support to fathers and to researching the sociology and science of fatherhood with the aim of improving the lives of children, families, and society. Over the past three decades, the organization has expanded to include offerings such as a quarterly magazine, weekend seminars, and a daily radio program.

In addition, NCF offers a series of books based on the research of Dr. Canfield, who spent years examining statistics and trends related to fatherhood and families. The first of these books was The 7 Secrets of Effective Fathers, the culmination of research that looked at data of thousands of average fathers across the country and compared those results to that of a subset of fathers identified as highly effective. This research and book laid the foundation for another important publication from NCF, Championship Fathering.


WATCH D.O.G.S. Initiative Found in 6,450 Schools

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Dads of Great Students

A senior account executive with Johnson Controls, Inc., in Atlanta, Georgia, Matthew Musheno manages general contractor and owner accounts. When not in the office, Matthew Muscheno supports several nonprofit organizations, including the National Center for Fathering (NCF) and its WATCH D.O.G.S. program.

Founded in 1990, the NCF began with a goal of helping men become better fathers, strengthening families by building the relationship between fathers and their children. To help it achieve its mission, the nonprofit organization receives funding from sales and training fees, grants, and donations.

In the mid-2000s, the organization merged with WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students). Active in more than 6,450 schools, the K-12 program is one of the country’s most respected school-based initiatives.

Fathers, grandfathers, uncles, stepfathers, and other father figures volunteer to serve at least once a day. During the day, members of the program may interact with students in the classroom, play with them at recess, eat with them at lunch, or patrol the hallways. To become a WATCH D.O.G., men complete a seven-step training conference call and then contact the school to see about implementing the program.

Johnson Controls Committed to Sustainability

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Johnson Controls

A senior account executive with Johnson Controls, Inc., Matthew Musheno leads teams of engineers, operations personnel, and sales people in the installation of building technologies for construction projects. For 13 consecutive years, Matthew Musheno has received the Masters of Sales Excellence Award, reserved for the top 5 percent of the company’s sales force.

A leader in innovative building solutions, Johnson Controls maintains a commitment to sustainability through a number of environmental protection initiatives. The company aims to balance growth with conservation by improving operational efficiency, thereby lowering costs and reducing carbon emissions. Between 2009 and 2014, the company reduced the energy intensity of its U.S. operations by 21 percent, and between 2002 and 2014, it reduced greenhouse gas emissions intensity by 41 percent.

To insure it remains at the forefront of sustainability, Johnson Controls operates groups such as the Global Environmental Sustainability Council, which creates sustainability strategies, and the Global Engineering Excellence Council, which integrates sustainability analysis data into product design.

Benefits of Boating for Mental Health

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As account manager for Johnson Controls, Matthew Musheno leads various teams to success, including an operations team, salespeople, and skilled engineers. Outside of work, Matthew Musheno enjoys several outdoor activities and makes time to go boating.

Boating is a sport that offers various health benefits that help not only the body, but the mind as well. Improvement in organization skills and better concentration are just two advantages that boating offers.

When boating, safety is a number one consideration for sailors. This includes steering the boat, preventing accidents, and keeping an eye on weather. Because boaters have many factors to consider, this increases their ability to concentrate and multi-task.

Organizational skills are improved too. Since keeping a boat safe, prepared, and orderly are mandatory when sailing, those who go sailing regularly may find that they will carry this practice into other areas of their life. In turn, being more organized can give individuals more time.

Being out on the boat can also lower the levels of stress a person feels. Enjoying the sea breeze and listening to the waves can be calming, thereby lowering stress levels.