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2018 MDI Man of the Year
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Upon the request for input for MDI Legacy Magazine’s 2018 “Man of the Year” the magazine received a number of nominations from the men throughout the organization. This included an unprecedented amount of nominations (58) for one man: Howard Spierer of the Mid-Atlantic Region.
As it was never intended as a popularity contest, the search focused on specific criteria for a man who “exemplified the spirit of MDI’s core values and principles, showing up as an example for successful families, careers, and communities, while helping put MDI on the map for its highest impact.”
Though the honors go to another man – Eric Mortimer found HERE – the amount of those honoring Spierer, for their own specific reasons, will not go unnoticed. An early pioneer of MDI, Spierer – having joined a men’s team in June 1994 – has served as Division Coordinator, Regional Coordinator, Point Man, MDI President, Board of Directors Member, Executive VP and Legacy Discovery Lead, among other jobs.
Spierer spoke of the support from the men in his region, which presently has been placed into a territory, a situation that has brought discord among many men in the Mid-Atlantic. Said Spierer, “It’s incredibly humbling. It’s been a really challenging and contentious year for me. It’s been emotional – my health hasn’t been that great. And the thing that really moved me is how men have been willing to rally behind me and, quite frankly, take over the fight for me. They upheld my vision and carried it forward, relieving me of the burden of taking a stand alone. What I think this (honor) comes from is my passion and willingness to keep men connected, not just in the Mid-Atlantic region, but throughout the organization … just to give men the opportunity to stay connected in the face of a firestorm and realize that if we have each other, quite frankly, that’s all we need.”
Below are some comments from just a few of his men.
“Howard has done it all. He has been involved in MDI in a wholehearted way for years. He has served at every level and has even circled back after he has finished a position and stepped up to another job. and he has done this while his physical health is getting weaker. he could step back and use that as an excuse, but he chooses to continue serving as best he can. Howard’s spirit and wisdom are exemplary and i am always lifted up when i come in contact with him.”
“His inspiring context on living a full, purposeful life, in face of being increasingly disabled by his Multiple Sclerosis.”
“His blanket of work in MDI and how he shows up as a Leader in this world”
“Howard Spierer has been instrumental in creating success in every Man’s life in the Mid-Atlantic Region and beyond, either directly or indirectly. He helped develop and lead numerous Legacy Discovery weekends. He helped found and lead MDI in its early years. This is a man who has not let Multiple Sclerosis stop him from doing anything. His descriptions of the Code of Honor are so poignant, they’re immortally a part of the website. To me, there is no one I associate more with a concept of “Mr MDI” than Howard.
“Howard continues to guide and lead the men of this region with mature masculinity and compassion.”
“His interpretive work on the 15 Tenets of the Code of Honor is enough in my book.”
“He has always been a staunch supporter of MDI and the Values that we stand for as an organization. His wisdom and insight have been an inspiration for myself and many of the men in MDI. His work within MDI in general and his contributions to the Legacy Discovery Event have been so very important to the work that we do on a daily basis.”
“His commitment to the creation, sustenance and long-term values of MDI despite turmoil his health and in his Region/Team.”
“He has helped me grow. He has helped MDI. He has helped so many men. He is an incredible leader and teammate. I admire him.”
“Howard’s health has deteriorated quite a bit, but he still travels, speaks and makes a profound influence on how other men (me) live my life. He has a successful family with an independent, powerful daughter, great nephew and many friends and followers in many communities. Just recently, he helped lead another successful LD for the Mid-Atlantic Region. He has done this all amidst turmoil between two spatting leaders on his own team!”
“Spierer is committed to speaking truth to power. He did an excellent job leading the Legacy Discovery core team. He modeled the way as to how to leave a job powerful. He is committed to building bridges. He did all this while battling Multiple Sclerosis. Even as his body has broken down he remains a powerful leader and inspiration.”
“Spierer knows the values of MDI inside and out, and has dedicated to himself to the organization for years with passion. I had the pleasure of interacting with him as captain during my Point Program. I found him to be smart, savvy, tough but fair, and a great strategist.”
“Spierer is a leader, a co-founder of MDI, a strong and wise man. With that said, he is a representation of the old MDI leadership that is holding the Sterling Men Division energy that grew up to Be vulnerable.”
“He is a man who lives by his commitments. No sneaky shit with him. It is what it is and he is authentic. No ego. I trust him with my life.”
“1) Howard’s commitment to speaking his truth to power.
2) His work leading the LD core team
3) His modeling the way on how to exit powerfully from a job for political reasons
4) His commitment to building bridges”
“He is da man.”