Leader of the Pack is the story of a man who, like many men, had been going through his life apparently content and positively clueless, who found himself tethered to a tornado as his marriage descended into violence and madness. Surviving courts and cops and chaos and a crazy-challenging-business, he unexpectedly ended up the only parent of five small children--ranging in age from only 18 months to 8 years old—at a time when most men didn’t even know how to change a diaper. It is my story. In it, I detail the transformation transformation I underwent from sole breadwinner and “back-up” parent to sole parent; from a scared and unsure shell of a man to the strong, confident and spiritual person I am today - as well as a business leader and a voice for single dads everywhere. Though the facts of my story may be different than some, the feelings are the same for single father’s everywhere. We are frustrated. We’re no longer just the backup parent; the ringer sent in when Mom isn’t available — though that was all we had ever been trained for when it came to parenting. It’s not that we don’t love our children. We do, but that and $5 will get you a latte at Starbucks.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Matt Sweetwood is well known as a CEO, a successful entrepreneur, an award winning marketer, a social media influencer and a personal branding expert. Matt was the U.S. CEO of beBee, Inc., a professional social network that helps build successful personal brands. He served as President of Unique Photo®, NJ's premiere Camera Store for 28 years. Nationally known in the photography industry as an innovator, he has helped acquire over fifty US and International Trademarks for both language and design at Unique Photo, and he founded and ran the Ozzie Award winning publication Photo Insider®. Matt has been credited with the reinvention of the modern camera store, as well as the country's largest in-store education program, the Unique University®. Unique Photo was named 2008 and "2013 Dealer of the Year" by Digital Imaging Reporter magazine. Matt was named the Photo Industry's, "2016 Person of the Year" by the PMDA.However, by far, his greatest achievement is having raised five successful children to adulthood as a single dad.