Announcing the 2022 Legacy Magazine MDI Man of the Year

The Mission of MDI – To cause greatness by mentoring men to live with excellence and as mature masculine leaders, create successful families, careers and communities.

Every year since 2014, this periodical has crowned a “Legacy Magazine MDI Man of the Year.” It has been bestowed on that man who has done the most to live the mission and core values of MDI, as well as promote the organization in some public way, showing up as an example for successful families, careers and communities.


  • An MDI man
  • Done the most to live the mission and core values of MDI
  • Showing up as an example for successful families, careers and communities
  • Promote the organization in some public way

In years past we acknowledged these men:
• 2014 – Ashanti Branch – Western Region
• 2015 – Jeff Lawrence – Western Canada Region
• 2016 – Brian Mumford – New England Region
• 2017 – Ian Kennard – Eastern Canada
• 2018 – Eric Mortimer – Canada
• 2019 – “The Man We Lost”
• 2020 – David Smith – Canada
• 2021 – The Mature Masculine Leader

AND NOW … Announcing the 2022 Legacy Magazine MDI Man of the Year:

Erfan Ahmadi

Ahmadi – like usual – in the middle of things.

Erfan Ahmadi, 32, is originally from New York City and has lived in Chicago, California, and currently Arizona. He is happily married with two dogs (a doberman and a chihuahua/terrier mix) and a child on the way. With a background in engineering, and software, working in various well-known companies, his present interests are doing men’s work, studying high performance attributes, reading books, spending a ton of time in nature, and being with his family, including his parents and his wife Aleshia.

Since joining MDI in October 2020 and completing his Legacy Discovery in October 2021, he has excelled in his time in the Atlas division since January 2022. In the Legacy Discovery in October 2022, in which he enrolled 12 men, he played the role of the The Warrior. He is presently taking on the role of the RC of the continental region. The ability to enroll helped crown Ahmadi as the Man of the Year, as he surely matched the criteria of “promoting the organization in some public way.” Below are two nominations that came in for him from his men.

Erfan Ahmadi is my nomination for man of the year. He showed up strong as a Warrior at this year’s LD and brought 12 men along for the important and powerful messages we conveyed to the participants (I was a fellow trainer). He even took a flight to SF so he can be there for our face to face training. His commitment and enthusiasm for men’s work is contagious and his ability to touch men’s hearts and brains is enough for him to be my nomination for man of the year.

~ Jerrod Zertuche

I nominate Ahmadi . He brought in 12 new men into the recent LD in Mendocino Woods in addition myself as a volunteer. He has not stopped only a few days later and is already working on bring more men into the next LD. He was an active leader as part of the LD training team from the start and during the weekend as the Warrior. He was strong, powerful, and vulnerable. He has brought in many men to our team TCG, which will be splitting into 2 teams soon as a result. Ahmadi does all of this though his integrity, authenticity, power, compassion, and vulnerability.

~ Toby Fisher

4 thoughts on “Announcing the 2022 Legacy Magazine MDI Man of the Year”

  1. I completely endorse Ahmadi as a man and as “Man of the Year”! From the beginning he wanted to learn. He wanted how we related with each other as men. And as men how we related to our work, families, our role in society, speaking the truth, holding ourselves and men accountable. Watching Ahmadi grow was confirmation that MDI can deliver our promise of “Causing Greatness”

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