Saturday, November 10, 2007

Millennial Leaders

As most of you know, my son Austin has been leading the charge to bring a new skate plaza to our town.

I've written about Austin's many major accomplishments several times over the last year, including being featured on various local newscasts as well as the honor of being selected as the ABC News Person of the Week in October 2006.

But I've refrained from writing about all the little things he does on a daily and weekly basis to keep this project in motion so as not to sound like a horn-tooting "look what my kid can do!" kind of dad, and have instead chosen to write periodic updates when certain milestones have been achieved.

This is one of those times. Earlier this week a new book was published called Millennial Leaders about our this generation's new young business pioneers. Austin and our mayor, Dave Kleis, were featured as Chapter 12 in this book about current Generation Y leaders who are making a difference today and are in a position to make a difference for our future.

Austin was very excited to receive his copy in the mail this morning, but equally exciting was seeing it show up on Yahoo News and in bookstores on Wednesday. I don't believe any excerpts are available online but you can read about Austin and the rest of the featured Gen Y leaders here.

Again, I'm not writing this to promote Austin or his project, he gets plenty of publicity as it is and doesn't need any help from me. But several of you who have been following his progress over the last 15 months have asked that I provide updates from time to time, and this seemed like as good of a time as any.

And for those of you who are newer here and interested, you can follow the history of Austin's journey here.

"They are our future, and it is time to start working with them -- not resisting their efforts."
-- Bea Fields,
Millennial Leaders


Heather said...

That is really cool.

Anonymous said...

I ordered the book at Barnes and Noble. Do you think that these grandparents might show it to their friends?

Anonymous said...

I told you before that our one claim to fame will be that we are Austin's grandparents!!!Should I mention here also, you have Brandon--a junior in H.S..taking a college course, and getting straight "A's"!!!That's pretty incredible.

Jeff and Charli Lee said...

heather - Yeah, it's pretty neat.

bill - Will they have a choice?

mom - Hmmm, ya think grandma's a little proud of her grandkids? ;-)

robkroese said...

That's awesome. You must be incredibly proud. Way to go, Austin!

Gary said...

Nothing wrong with being proud and shouting to the world what your kids are achieving, there is far too much negative publicity given to the younger generation, the good news deserves an airing now and again !

Good luck to Austin and his campaign.

Kathy said...

I just recently found this blog, and obviously didn't catch everything in the archives. I had no idea about this! Jeff, your son is amazing. I'm so impressed. Good for him! Wow.

Stepping Over the Junk said...

I am SO digging Austin! This is terrific!!!! You must be a proud papa!

Julie Pippert said...

Toot the horn, Jeff! Wow!

Congrats to Austin...what an honor (deserved from all I have heard).

How very, very cool.

Fantastic. So good to see good stories about Gen Y.

Using My Words

Anonymous said...

I just picked up the book, wow, wow, wow!!!

Mom Thumb said...

All of your kids are amazing, and their parents are no slouches, either. Keep tooting the horn!

Impetua said...

That's fantastic. I am a latecomer to your blog and I think it's awesome that your son is such a forward-thinker.

PS what hair?

Anonymous said...

I love getting updates about Austin! I think Austin should write a guest entry on what it's like living with a member of the Receders.

Is fame genetic?

Congrats Austin!

Elizabeth said...

I like the updates too! What an amazing family you have! And congrats to Austin. Way to go!!

Whit said...

You should toot loud and often! Nice job.

Jeff and Charli Lee said...

diesel - Yes, we're proud and a little surprised by it all too.

gary - That's just it. People tend to judge teens as the bad guys and not give them a chance. That's what is so impressive about our mayor.

kathy - Thanks. Are you trying to tell me you haven't had time to read the 388 posts in my archives? What, are you one of those people who have lives or something?

stepping - You got that right.

julie - Yeah, I agree. It's funny but once you become an adult you rarely look behind you as to who is going to be in charge once you get older. This book has really caused me to think about that.

bill - Cool huh?

mom thumb - Thanks. You can count on it.

impetua - Sorry, I'm not getting your hair reference. You certainly couldn't be talking about me.

jennine - I'm not sure Austin views my career with The Receders as anything other than "those gigs my dad goes to on Saturday nights." I'll have to remind him just how famous I really am.

elizabeth - Thanks! I'll pass on your congrats. And everyone else's too!

whit - I don't think my family would appreciate it if I tooted loud and often.

Oh wait, you're talking about updates. Nevermind.

Bea Fields said...


Thank-you for mentioning about Austin. I have been telling the world about him, so I can say with confidence that he is one amazing kid (as I am sure your other kids are).

As a parent of three college-age kids, I know how it feels to "brag" about your kids...but you know what...I think that often parents don't say enough great things about their kids. We are their advocates, so it makes me smile to hear you stepping up and being proud of Austin...and telling people about it.

What many people don't know is that when they put their pillow on their heads at night, they want to know that their parents love them and are proud of I encourage you to continue putting out to the world all that Austin and your kids are doing. It is certainly something to share!

Bea Fields

Jeff and Charli Lee said...

bea - What an honor to have you stop by. Thank you so much for this warm comment and for your flattering mention of us on your
web site.

Your book is amazing and your passion for what you do is truly inspiring. Your faith in our young leaders and your vision of how we can learn from them gives me hope.

Thank you again for including Austin in your podcast and this book. This has been such a thrill for him (and all of us) and has been a huge boost of fuel for his fire.

Anonymous said...

sounds like the apple doesn't fall far from the tree

Gale said...

That is probably the coolest thing ever, again, kudos to young master Austin. And to you as well.

Mooselet said...

How cool is that? Good on ya, Austin!

deborah said...

Totally cool kid. Maybe when he's done, he could come check out our skate park, just for grins and giggles.

Anonymous said...

That is fabulous! I love hearing actual good stories about teenagers. It makes me less frightened of them (kidding - in my experience most teens are actually not the hooligans the media makes them out to be).

bon bon said...

person of the week?! get out!! i'm disowning my children as i write this, and putting austin in my will instead.


Unknown said...

That's awesome! Congratulations to all of you.

Windyridge said...

What a great kid and no doubt a future leader, maybe even the president!

wayabetty said...

And what's wrong with tooting your own horn about your awesome kids? That's great Jeff, you guys must so proud and deservedly so!! Way to go Austin!!