“A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society.” –Billy Graham
This Father’s Day, we celebrate the father of our business, Kent Ravaioli. Kent has three children, John, Liz and Daniel. We spoke to John and Liz about their relationship with their father, both growing up and now as adults. They both described Kent as a good father who was always working hard to make sure they were provided for and who was always present.
Liz recalled that Kent was always a supportive father who would take her to her softball tournament and who encouraged her with all of her sporting endeavors. Later in her life, that support extended when she made the decision to leave her position working with him at NewGen Restores to pursue her dream of becoming a firefighter. His response at first was sad but like the good father he is, he just wanted to make sure that this was something Liz really wanted.
John remembers his childhood as one where Kent was always present. They spent a lot of time together, attending Liz’s softball games, playing Nintendo, going fishing, and going to amusement parks.
John (left) and Kent on a fishing trip Liz (left) and Kent enjoying some time outdoors.
The relationship between Kent and his children is closer today than it was during childhood. Liz blames that on a typical teenage rebellion phase where she didn’t like her parents, but John believes it’s the ability to see Kent not just as a Father but as a close friend that has allowed their relationship to grow closer.
Kent was always someone who wanted to own his own business. When they lived in New Jersey, he had fantasized about owning a wine shop or a bagel. So when Kent finally realized his dream of owning a business, both of his children were very proud but not too surprised. John described it as the only logical move considering his work ethic and the fact that he’s a very intelligent human being.
John and Liz both described Kent as supportive, loving, nurturing, and intelligent. Liz said one of the biggest lessons he’s taught her is that family comes first. John, on the other hand, said the biggest lessons he’s learned from Kent are that you should never give up, when life gives you a few different paths you should stick with the one you choose. He also taught him about the domino effect which states that every action you take has a ripple effect that leads to something else.
L-R – John, Liz and Daniel
Liz (left), Daniel (middle) and John (right)
On this Father’s Day, we asked John and Liz what messages they would like to send to Kent and this is what they said:
“Thank you for everything you’ve done for me over the course of 26 years. Your advice and love have made me the person I am today. Thank you for pushing me and for wanting me to better my life and better my career no matter what that might be.” – John.
“I love you very much, and I appreciate all of the knowledge you have passed down to me and John over the years. I am proud of you and how your business has taken off and I appreciate the moments and memories we’ve shared together.” – Liz.
Father’s Day is an opportunity to tell dad how much you appreciate him. While we used this platform to share the special relationship with our NewGen dad Kent, and his children, we encourage you to reach out to and show a little appreciation to the fatherly figure in your life. Whether it’s your father, grandfather, step-father, father-in-law, friend, or mentor, without a doubt, there’s no better day than today, Father’s Day, to honor them. Happy Father’s Day!