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Being a general counsel can sometimes feel like being a parent. GCs encourage their charges to grow, play fair, and achieve their potential. But on Father’s Day � June 15 � many top company lawyers are honored for their parenting in private life. We were curious about how chief legal officers celebrate Father’s Day. Have they given or received memorable gifts? Which family traditions do our general counsel interviewees enjoy the most? Or is this just another day off like any other? For the general counsel of the sporting goods companies below, we found that it doesn’t take much to make their Father’s Day. For some reason, they all have sons ( is this a job requirement?) and, naturally, coaching and sports play a big role in their families. On Father’s Day, forget fancy gifts or dinner. These GCs would rather spend time at home with their wives and kids. If that quality time includes an extra round of golf, that’s even better. Joseph Nauman Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Acushnet Company The Massachusetts-based business is a leading maker of golf balls, clubs, shoes, gloves, and other golfing equipment and accessories. Nauman oversees a nine-person legal department. Are you a father? Yes, I am. I have twin 13-year-old boys. What are some of the more unforgettable gifts that you’ve received for Father’s Day? The most memorable gifts I’ve received are handmade cards from my sons. They tend to create golf scenes, and have come up with some interesting caricatures of me golfing. They tend to feature the Titleist [the name of Acushnet's signature golf ball] script in a prominent place. They’re corporate kids. What are some of the traditions that you have with your children? I think that one of our best traditions is that I sing to them every night before they go to bed. I’ve got a bit of a repertoire, and they know all of the songs and decide what they want. It’s something that I thought they would have outgrown by now, but they still enjoy it.
Steven McCracken Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary, Callaway Golf Company In addition to making golf clubs, the Carlsbad, California�based company licenses its name for apparel, shoes, and other golf accessories. McCracken supervises a team of 15 attorneys. Are you a father? Absolutely. Do you do have any family traditions on Father’s Day? The only family tradition we have is that the other members of the family aren’t supposed to do anything without me. We’ve got two sons [ages 16 and 19], and what I like about Father’s Day is that they have to hang out with me. Have you ever received any memorable gifts for Father’s Day? I received two. One I got on my very first Father’s Day. It was a silver money clip engraved with the letters D-A-D. The other was from our younger son. It was a handmade card that said, “Dad, you’re not much of a golfer, but you’re a great dad.” It had a drawing of a golfer swinging a lot like I do. What are some fun memories or traditions that you have with your kids? When they were very little, their favorite activity was called “Beat Up Dad.” [They gave me a sticker that said], “All right Dad. You R Goween to let us beet up you 2nit.”
Peter Arturi Vice President, Secretary, and General Counsel, Spalding Sports Worldwide, Inc. The Chicopee, Massachusetts � based company makes Top-Flite and Strata golf balls, Ben Hogan golf clubs, Etonic golf shoes, and Spalding basketballs, volleyballs, and footballs. Arturi oversees a six-person legal staff in the company’s headquarters. Are you a father? Yes. I have an 18-year-old and a 15-year-old. How do you celebrate Father’s Day? We like to have breakfast with the kids, maybe play golf with both boys. Do you treat yourself to anything special? Since Father’s Day is on a Sunday, I take advantage of that to go play an extra round of golf. Did your children play sports, and, if so, did you coach them? Both boys played soccer, ice hockey, and baseball, and I coached all three. I played three sports in high school and played baseball in college. I always wanted my kids to love sports, and they do. Coaching was a way for me to be intimately involved with them.

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