When people think of Jonathan Alexander Thain, as people surely often do, lots of thinks come to mind. High school wrestling. Competitive bee-keeping. Masterful stewardship of Wall Street firms. $68,179 19th Century Credenzas. $35,000 commodes. $28,091 curtains. $87,784 area rugs. $1,405 garbage cans. A keen eye for interior design and fabulous taste in general. Though we knew the current CIT Group chief executive officer was a father, we probably wouldn’t have included his parenting skills on a list of his noted attributes and accomplishments, only because there are so many to mention and we didn’t know if he excelled as a dad like he did as a decorator. Apparently this represents a gross oversight because John Thain? Is a phenomenal dad. Award-winning, in fact.

The National Father’s Day Committee, an entity of the Father’s Day/Mother’s Day Council, each year confers Father of the Year Honors on contemporary lifestyle leaders of our culture whose lives are dedicated to family, citizenship, charity, civility, responsibility and reverence. The funds raised by our Annual Father of the Year Awards Presentation are directed to the support of worthwhile concerns affecting men, fathers, and families. The objective of our program is to enhance the meaning of Father’s Day and encourage universal observance. 2012 Honorees include: Oscar Feldenkreis, Reynold Levy, Shaquille O’Neal, and John Thain.

An award of this magnitude of course deserves a little more than a press release, so naturally, there will be a luncheon and presentation on June 14. Until then, the group is accepting nominations to add to the list, so if you think any of your favorite dads have been overlooked, do speak up today. Ken Lewis could use this.

Father Of The Year Awards [M&D via BI]

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  1. Posted by ShortNaked | April 27, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    you're so Thain; you probably think this event is about you, dont you?

  2. Posted by Jeff Peek | April 27, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    God damnit.

  3. Posted by Le Guest | April 27, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    Damn the good news is flowing for Thain. . . CIT Group crushed it this quarter too!!!!

  4. Posted by guest | April 27, 2012 at 12:54 PM

    Clearly Thain must be doing everything besides cleaning socks of the Council for him to have won over me

    -Alec Baldwin

  5. Posted by Lowly Assistant | April 27, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    Real #1 dads throw punches, not high-fives.

  6. Posted by Just Saying | April 27, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    I dont know if he can be any better than Chris Gardner (guy pictured in The Pursuit of Happyness)

  7. Posted by guest | April 27, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    This isn't fair. Cromartie is going to have 80 nominations.

  8. Posted by PermaGuestII | April 27, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    I'll be wearing my apricot scarf.


  9. Posted by Not Impressed | April 27, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    Winning a "Father's Day" award along-side Shaq is kinda like winning the Nobel Peace Prize along-side Slobodan Milosevic.

  10. Posted by guest | April 27, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    Congrats, and welcome to the club!

    -John Edwards '07

  11. Posted by Guest | April 27, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    Swing and a miss.

  12. Posted by B. Frank | April 27, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    What about #1 Daddy?

  13. Posted by Guest | April 27, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    "Oh really, Thain, you think you're better than me?"


  14. Posted by guest | April 27, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    You are worthress, Arec Barrwin!

  15. Posted by guest | April 27, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    Please kill yourself.

  16. Posted by guest | April 27, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    OH. And its "happiness." And he wasn't pictured, he was "portrayed." Continue killing yourself now.

  17. Posted by 2_Small_2_Bail | April 27, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    In the spirit of competition (and mathematics) how can you give out 4 #1 dad awards in the SAME YEAR??

    If you're not first, you're last.

    -R Bobby

  18. Posted by Maybe... | April 27, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    …like winning the Prudent Use of Force award along-side George Zimmerman?

  19. Posted by governator | April 27, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    Who is your daddy and what does he do?

  20. Posted by Steve Garvey | April 27, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    What's your point?

  21. Posted by Guest | April 27, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    Yeah, well, the Yankees are my daddy.


  22. Posted by Guest | April 27, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    Nope, its Happyness.

    – IMDB Quant

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    bend over and I'll show you.

    (hint his boss is named Lloyd)

  24. Posted by Cut Me | April 27, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    Who is your daddy's CEO?

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  25. Posted by Le Guest | April 27, 2012 at 2:31 PM
  26. Posted by Here's Johnny | April 27, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    Even given the actions of his Daughter while she was at Duke University? Daddy wouldn't be so happy with her if he saw the videos!

  27. Posted by guest | April 27, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    come again?

  28. Posted by Here's Johnny | April 27, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    Someone Did!

  29. Posted by Special K | April 27, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    How did they not consider this illustrious list? http://www.spike.com/articles/q1nho0/the-top-10-a

  30. Posted by George Z | April 27, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    You're going to like the way you look, I guarantee it

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    We can only hope that his kids do love him. Do we think maybe he decorated their bedrooms really nicely?

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    Wow, this makes up for everything.
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