Michele Melville is a stylist with custom and made-to-measure brand J.Hilburn.

Michele Melville is a stylist with custom and made-to-measure brand J.Hilburn.

Texas-based menswear company J.Hilburn prides itself on bringing custom, luxury clothing  to its customers via a network of stylists across the country. It's a business model that eliminates unnecessary markups.

 J.Hilburn stylist Michele Melville offers free wardrobe styling consultations, guarantees fit and makes shopping for any of your next social occasions easy and fun.

J.Hilburn stylist Michele Melville offers free wardrobe styling consultations, guarantees fit and makes shopping for any of your next social occasions easy and fun.

Charlotte area J.Hilburn stylist Michele Melville sat down with The O Report and shared her advice and trendy tips for men 50 and up. You can shop her site at  MicheleMelville.JHilburn.com. Contact her by email at Michele.Melville@JHilburn.com or 704-299-1026. 

 The J.Hilburn pieces in your closet are guaranteed to fit. 

The J.Hilburn pieces in your closet are guaranteed to fit. 

Wear clothes that fit:  "So often I see men wearing clothes that simply don't fit. If it's too big, too small, too boxy - it doesn't work. Ill-fitting clothing will make you look heavier, older, less put- together and less confident."

 Khaki/off white luxury blend trouser ($125).

Khaki/off white luxury blend trouser ($125).

Eliminate pleats: "There was a time and a place for pleats. However, most body types can handle a flat front pant, trouser and short. It will immediately update your look. And by eliminating extra fabric and bulging around the middle, it creates a sharper, more current and tailored appearance. If you must have a pleat, consider updating to a single pleat."

Don't short yourself: "One of my mid-50ish shorter clients was wearing pleated, knee length khaki shorts. We updated them with a made-to-measure, flat front chino short. It immediately modernized and slimmed his appearance by 20 pounds and 10 years!"

 Italian-made multi-checked jacket in Storm Blue. $650. 

Italian-made multi-checked jacket in Storm Blue. $650. 

Classic jacket: "A great tailored sport coat provides so much versatility to any man's wardrobe. It's not too formal, not too casual and when done right, it will become your favorite go-to in your closet. The problem for men over 50 is that many in this age group wear their sport coats and suit jackets extremely full, creating for many a boxy, outdated, uninspiring look. Instead, examine fit, zoom in on your fit preferences and work with a stylist that can help you personalize and tailor your selections to work for your unique body, individual style and your lifestyle. Go bold and consider a plaid. Paired with a crisp shirt, a great trouser, casual pant or even denim, this is a look that can take you from the office to a social evening and essentially anything in between." 

Break it down: "Consider adding a deconstructed jacket style to your wardrobe. It combines the tailoring of a sport coat with the comfort of a sweater."

Luxury polos: "I'm in love with our made-to-measure polo shirts. They're made from refined Italian and performance knits.  Customization details include two collar options, four placket options, three sleeve options and  a variety of other features.  Some of my favorite features for 2018 include contrasting fabric and color choices as well as a long sleeve version with a shirt cuff."

 

 Taupe textured solid reversible vest ($400). 

Taupe textured solid reversible vest ($400). 

Best vest: "Another on-going trend is the reversible vest. Not only are they highly functional, they are good looking and provide another level of warmth and casual style."

 Look good on and off the course in J.Hilburn's innovative new golf line. 

Look good on and off the course in J.Hilburn's innovative new golf line. 

Fore: "J.Hilburn is revolutionizing the golf apparel industry with the launch of its full golf line. The line's innovative fabrics that are made to your measurements will take you straight from the golf course to the boardroom."

Jean rules: "Keeping it simple is best.  A dark hued, tailored (not skinny) leg will serve you well.  Having the right pair in your wardrobe will provide you with more versatility than you can imagine.  The key is finding the right fit for your body type to ensure comfort. They can give you a super casual, cool look - yet can be totally dressed up, too. I enjoy taking one pair of jeans and showing my clients 20 new looks by swapping out different shoes, belts, shirts, sweaters, sport coats, and outerwear. "

 

 Ivory Revenge tuxedo jacket (starting at $725); Super Black tuxedo trouser ($250); White Poplin shirt ($185); Black Satin self-tied bow tie ($55) and white cotton/linen pocket square ($49). 

Ivory Revenge tuxedo jacket (starting at $725); Super Black tuxedo trouser ($250); White Poplin shirt ($185); Black Satin self-tied bow tie ($55) and white cotton/linen pocket square ($49). 

Own it:  "If you have a social life that puts you in a tuxedo more than once every year or so, do yourself a favor and have one made for you. No one over 50 should rent a tuxedo."

BUZZ: MAN UP CHARLOTTE CONFERENCE

 Featured speakers at the  ManUp  conference on June 2 are Carolina Panther Thomas Davis; Miles McPherson of The Rock Church; Panthers Broadcaster Eugene Robinson; Urban Impact's Ed Glover; and Bryce Johnson of UNPACKIN' It Ministries. 

Featured speakers at the ManUp conference on June 2 are Carolina Panther Thomas Davis; Miles McPherson of The Rock Church; Panthers Broadcaster Eugene Robinson; Urban Impact's Ed Glover; and Bryce Johnson of UNPACKIN' It Ministries. 

Join Urban Impact, in partnership with Forest Hill Church, the YMCA of Greater Charlotte, and The Park Church for an encouraging day of worship, prayer, dynamic breakout sessions and powerful messages during the first ManUp Charlotte: Maximize Your Impact conference on June 2 at Forest Hill Church.

Recommended for ages 15 and up, it's inspired by a widely known report that ranked Charlotte dead last in upward economic mobility out of the 50 largest U.S. cities. The study showed that family structure is one of the highest predictors of economic mobility - and 35% of Charlotte households with children are single parent households.  

The conference's organizers believe the best way to make a positive change in the upward mobility crisis is by engaging fatherlessness through showing men the great need for them to lead, love and serve their families.

Featured speakers are Carolina Panther Thomas Davis; Miles McPherson of The Rock Church; Panthers Broadcaster Eugene Robinson; Urban Impact's Ed Glover; and Bryce Johnson of UNPACKIN' It Ministries. 

The conference is June 2 at Forest Hill Church, SouthPark campus, 7224 Park Road. Check-in and a complimentary breakfast is at 7:30 a.m.; the conference begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 3:30 pm. The cost is $49 (includes breakfast and lunch). To register, click here.

PEOPLE: RANDY GARTZ

 Randy Gartz surrounded by the loves of his life, his wife and daughters.

Randy Gartz surrounded by the loves of his life, his wife and daughters.

Randy Gartz has a rewarding job as Managing Director of Technology Search and Consulting for Fairview Search Group. Even though he spends his workdays at the recruiting company finding the right people for the right jobs, he says it was dumb luck that set him on his own successful career path. 

After leaving his hometown of Manalapan, New Jersey to study Finance and play soccer at the University of South Florida, he stayed in Tampa for two years after college before moving to  Jacksonville, Florida. 

While in Jacksonville, he went to a recruiting office to ask them to help him find a new opportunity and he walked out with a job leading their staffing office. "I really hit it off with the president of the company and he said he would teach me the business," Randy says. "I discovered right away that it was the perfect job for me. I ended up staying there three years and helping them grow their business." 

His next job was working for 15 years with Robert Half, the largest accounting and finance recruiting agency in the world. He started out in Maryland and then Washington, D.C. before being asked to travel throughout the U.S. and occasionally to Europe. In 2001 he moved to his wife's hometown of Melbourne, Florida until 2009 when he was recruited by the owners of Sherpa to come to Charlotte.

What he loves about his work is the positive experience of helping people find employment that utilizes their talents. "Early in my career, I found a job for a guy who had been out of work for months," Randy says. "He didn't do well on his first interview, so I coached him and helped him with his confidence. Eight months later he got a job. Later, he told me how close he had been to not being able to take care of his family and how much he appreciated me putting myself on the line to help him. That's when it really hit me that my work was so rewarding."

During an interview with The O Report, Randy got the job done by sharing everything from his best timesaving tips to his favorite restaurants and his most meaningful charitable cause.

What do you love about this stage of your life? 

My daughters have been “teaching me” for a while and now that they are in college I enjoy watching their minds expand from their great education. Olivia is at NC State University studying Mechanical Engineering. Rachel went to the University of Pittsburgh for her undergrad and is currently pursuing her master's degree in Occupational Therapy at East Carolina University. To see them immersed in their field and doing such great work is my greatest reward as a parent. I equally enjoy all the one-on-one time I’m able to get with my wife now that the girls are away in college. We enjoy new trips, fun times with other empty nesters, and socializing at good restaurants and concerts.

What are your wardrobe staples?

My work environment has changed over the years. I have a closet full of suits and ties but currently at Fairview Search Group we are more business casual so I have an equally large collection of khakis and golf shirts. On the weekends, I enjoy yardwork after being inside most of the week so I actually have a few drawers full of “outside” shorts and shirts mixed with many drawers of golf shorts and workout attire.

Where are your favorite places to buy clothes?

Having traveled to Europe and the UK for business on a few occasions, I was fortunate to experience first-hand how an authentic haberdasher and clothier make a fitted business shirt and suit so I enjoy local men’s stores like The Sporting Gent or Taylor Richard & Conger. Of course, Nordstrom is consistently great.

Who are your male style role models?

I’m not sure if I have one because I’m in so many different settings that my choices are quite varied. I would probably say that I follow those who are slightly on the conservative side but still creative and stylish. Probably someone like the James Bond characters professionally and LeBron James in a more casual setting.

Any favorite grooming products or grooming tips?

I’m pretty basic on grooming other than being a strong follower since Day One of the Dollar Shave Club's six-blade razor, Dove soap and Aveeno lotion applied a few times a day (because I have slightly dry skin). I also read an article years ago about shaving in both directions to remove the dead skin from your face that can cause irritation and cause wrinkles faster so I’ve done that for 20 years.

How do you stay in shape?

I played multiple sports my whole life - mostly soccer, basketball, football, golf and hockey - all the way through playing college soccer and a few years afterwards, so being physically active has always been a part of my life. I also have three brothers so that was a “sport” itself!

What are your favorite charitable causes?

I’m on the Charlotte board of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and have been a supporter and fundraiser for ADA for over 15 years in multiple cities that I’ve lived throughout the country. The number of people suffering and finding out they have diabetes is increasing faster than any other disease in the country - currently approaching 30 million Americans. Having met many afflicted by this deadly disease, I feel a great sense of urgency and responsibility to help bring a cure.

What do you like to do in your downtime? 

That’s a tough one for me as I don’t really have much downtime. I always feel I can be doing something to advance our society, my business and my relationships with family and friends so I only sleep 5-6 hours a night (I'm working on that). I enjoy yardwork and find it therapeutic and rewarding while also being a good workout. I should read more. I enjoy history and learning about the plights of other cultures for survival and success. Sunday afternoon is for watching golf and football and taking a nap.

Any timesaving tips you want to share? 

Put your work outfit out before you go to bed, repack your gym bag as soon as you get home to ensure you have it to take to work for a morning or lunch workout, shop early (7 a.m.) on Saturday morning, shop online as much as you can, and plan your next day before you go to bed to help limit distractions tomorrow.

What are your favorite restaurants?

I like all types of food - my Italian/German/Irish heritage is a blessing and a curse. I prefer to mix it up so depending on the mood, my favorite places include Midwood Smokehouse (BBQ), Lorenzo’s (pizza), Capital Grille (steak), Dressler’s (Continental American), Upstream (seafood), Copper (Indian), Rai Lay (Thai), and Luce (Italian).

Where are your favorite places for a getaway? 

Hope Town in the Bahamas, Amelia Island and the mountains of N.C. (Brevard, Asheville, Boone).

What was your childhood dream profession? 

Professional soccer player.

 Randy (standing in the back sporting a mustache) and his siblings grew up in Manalapan, New Jersey. 

Randy (standing in the back sporting a mustache) and his siblings grew up in Manalapan, New Jersey. 

What was your first car?

A 1978 Toyota Corolla that my mother had, then my sister, then my brother, then me in 1983. 

Who are your favorite writers or filmmakers? 

Martin Scorsese, Lesli Linka Glatter (Mad Men), Ava DuVernay (Selma), Clint Eastwood and John Grisham.

Who is your favorite hero of fiction?

James Bond.

What do you consider to be your greatest achievement? 

Helping to raise my two children to be both successful and good caring people.

What is your motto?

Protect those who need it, and expect much from those to whom much has been given.

What is your vision for the future?

My remaining years will be balanced between preparing to care for my Mom when she begins to need it (she's 82-years-old); enjoying as much fun time with my wife and children as I can; and giving back to society for all the wonderful times, people and treasure I’ve been given in my life.

What is the best business advice you’ve ever received? 

I had a very successful millionaire boss early who said “numbers don’t lie but people do.” It kept me grounded in not being swayed by opinions that weren’t deeply rooted in quantifiable facts. My Mom taught me an equally great business lesson: Listen to what the person is saying, not the words they’re using.

What did you learn from your father or grandfather that still influences you today?

Hard work pays off; finish your work before playtime.

What’s in your glass during Happy Hour?

Either Jameson with one ice cube and lime, a glass of Pinot Noir (preferably Domaine Drouhin) or a Tito’s with lemonade and cranberry.

GROOMING: TOP BOBBI BROWN PRODUCTS FOR MEN

 Bobbi Brown Hydrating Face Tonic is one of the brand's most popular products for men. 

Bobbi Brown Hydrating Face Tonic is one of the brand's most popular products for men. 

In 1991 when makeup artist Bobbi Brown launched her namesake cosmetics company, she probably had no idea that one day men would also be fans of the brand's skincare line.

Justin Pittman, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics' Account Coordinator for the Carolinas, explains this growing trend among men: 

 Justin Pittman, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics' Account Coordinator for the Carolinas

Justin Pittman, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics' Account Coordinator for the Carolinas

"Everyone, whether they're a man or a woman, needs to make sure they're taking care of their skin properly," Justin says. "Men really like the quality of the products and the packaging. Everything has very clean lines and most of it is in clear containers with a black cap - it doesn't look very feminine."

That doesn't mean men are flocking to Bobbi Brown cosmetic counters in department stores -  they're still shy about buying the products in person. "I hear many of our female customers say their husbands won't come (to the Bobbi Brown cosmetics counter), but they'll take their wives' Bobbi Brown eye cream and moisturizer and then get upset when it starts to run out." 

Justin says his main advice to men is to hydrate. "If all you're doing now is washing your face and shaving, just adding a moisturizer makes a huge difference."

Here's Justin's list of the top eight Bobbi Brown products men use the most, and why they're popular.

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1. Lathering Tube Soap ($34). "Men want a squeaky clean feeling after they wash their face."

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2. Hydrating Face Tonic ($34). "It's alcohol-free so there's no burning or stinging and it helps remove any oil or residue left on the skin after cleansing."

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3. Extra Repair Serum ($114). "It's so important for men to use a serum also because it's made to penetrate the skin much deeper than a moisturizer." 

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4. Extra Repair Moisturizing Balm SPF 25 ($98). "Guys don't want anything that feels sticky or heavy. They should be using at least an SPF 15, but higher is better, especially if they're outside a lot. This is great for men with dry skin who want sun protection. If you have sunroof, don't forget to apply this to exposed parts of your head."

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5. Extra Eye Repair Cream ($74). "Everyone needs an eye cream. This is a moisturizer and a treatment product that melts into the skin, feels great, brightens and helps with fine lines. Just rub it between your fingers to warm it up and pat it around the eye area." 

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6. Buffing Grains For Face ($46). "Everyone, even men who shave, should exfoliate their face once or twice a week. Add the grains to the cleanser and it turns it into an exfoliator that makes the shave smoother, and it helps with eliminating ingrown hairs and razor burn."

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7. Lip Balm SPF 15 ($23). "Instead of having to apply a cheaper drugstore lip balm constantly, this one doesn't feel heavy and and it works all day. It also comes in a stick formula if you prefer to apply it directly to your lips."

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8. Hydrating Face Cream ($60). "Guys don't want anything that feels sticky or heavy. This is a lightweight cream with vitamin enriched water to help hydrate and condition the skin." 

 

 

 

 

 

STYLE: JEEP WRANGLER RUBICON

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A classic style and modern technology are earning the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon amazing reviews.

This new generation of the iconic 4x4 is off-road ready for all kinds of rugged experiences. Its 33-inch BFGoodrich all-terrain tires are standard, which give it superior traction and a 10.9-inch ground clearance. And it has easily accessible sitches for engine its 4x4 capabilities.

Pricing starts at $40,495. For more details go to www.jeep.com.

 

 

 

HEALTH: BE A PROTEIN PRO

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Have you ever wondered exactly how much protein you need each day?

Nancy Clark, a registered dietician and specialist in sports dietetics who has served as a nutritional consulate to the NBA's Boston Celtics, has this simple formula:

"Take you body weight and divide it in half," she said in an interview in the publication Athlon Sports & Life. "You want 0.5-0.8 grams of protein per pound (of that number)."

She says that one of the keys to protein intake is fueling your body as soon as you get hungry, especially after a workout or when you're having a busy day.

Protein bars are a great on-the-go option for those situations, and one of her favorites is Nature Valley XL Protein Mixed Nut. This super sized snack is especially satisfying when you crave some crunch. And it has 15 grams of protein. 

But ultimately her philosophy is that the ideal protein bar is the one that tastes the best to you and that you enjoy the most.

 

 

PARTIES: FELIX SABATES HOSTS ALLEGRO FOUNDATION FUNDRAISER

 Felix Sabates, left, host of the Ambassador's Ball; Allegro Foundation student Robert; and Robert's parents, Laura and David Short

Felix Sabates, left, host of the Ambassador's Ball; Allegro Foundation student Robert; and Robert's parents, Laura and David Short

Felix Sabates hosted the Ambassador's Ball, the signature annual fundraiser for the Allegro Foundation, a champion of children with disabilities. Held at Quail Hollow Club, the event honored Dr. László Szabó, Ambassador of Hungary. All proceeds benefit Allegro’s free movement education programs for more than 700 children with disabilities throughout the Charlotte, Huntersville and Fort Mill areas. Event sponsors included Ally Financial, the Charlotte Hornets, CPI Security, Domtar, Novant Health, SteelFab Inc. and Wells Fargo. The emcee was Larry Sprinkle and the auctioneer was Ernest Perry. 

  Barbara and Jim Little. 

 Barbara and Jim Little. 

 Arlene Ferebee

Arlene Ferebee

 Bill and Emily Oliver. 

Bill and Emily Oliver. 

 Adrienn Domeny; Honorary Hungarian Consul Chris Domeny;; Pat Farmer, founder and president of the Allegro Foundation; Jason Schugel; US Representative Ralph Norman and Elaine Norman.

Adrienn Domeny; Honorary Hungarian Consul Chris Domeny;; Pat Farmer, founder and president of the Allegro Foundation; Jason Schugel; US Representative Ralph Norman and Elaine Norman.

 Two champions for children with disabilities: Felix Sabates and his daughter, Mimi. 

Two champions for children with disabilities: Felix Sabates and his daughter, Mimi. 

 Mike Hawley and Dr. Katherine Pierce. 

Mike Hawley and Dr. Katherine Pierce. 

 Brian and Hadley Pacheco

Brian and Hadley Pacheco

 The Allegro students and their teaching assistants performed for gala guests. 

The Allegro students and their teaching assistants performed for gala guests. 

 Standing, from left: Victor Sayegh, Christine Conte and Gianluca Conte. Seated, from left: Julia Sayegh, Donna de Molina and Al de Molina. 

Standing, from left: Victor Sayegh, Christine Conte and Gianluca Conte. Seated, from left: Julia Sayegh, Donna de Molina and Al de Molina. 

 Emcee Larry Sprinkle and auctioneer Ernest Perry. 

Emcee Larry Sprinkle and auctioneer Ernest Perry. 

 

 

PEOPLE: MICHAEL MARSICANO

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Michael Marsicano grew up in Saint James, New York, a historic little town on the North Shore of Long Island. He came to North Carolina as a college freshman to attend Duke University and just never left.

While at Duke, he began dating his future wife, Leslie, during his senior year. "She was Nanette in the musical No, No Nanette and I was in the orchestra - I played a mean oboe," he says. After graduating with a  B.S. in Psychology, he earned two more degrees from Duke: Masters of Education and a Ph.D.

He ran the Durham Arts Council for six years before coming to Charlotte in 1989 to head the Arts & Science Council. In 1999 he became President and CEO of Foundation For The Carolinas, the 8th largest community foundation in America. It has $2.3 billion and oversees 2,500 charitable funds established by individual philanthropists, corporations, and nonprofit institutions. 

In 2017, Michael was named by Charlotte magazine as No. 1 on its list of Charlotte's 50 Most Powerful People. He serves on Duke University's Board of Trustees and has received numerous national, regional and local awards. 

True to his reputation for being humble and kind, Michael was generous enough to answer The O Report's questions about everything from his favorite book to his vision for the future. 

What are your wardrobe staples?

At work, I am a suit and tie kind of guy. Otherwise I wear shorts and a polo shirt earlier and later than weather really permits.

Where are your favorite places to buy clothes?

Over the years, Paul Simon, but only when the sales sign goes up.

Who are your male style role models?

President Obama and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada. Both men have impeccably tailored and timeless styles. They wear their suits, their suits don't wear them.

Any favorite grooming products or grooming tips?

I never really embraced the facial hair trend. Clean shaven with polished shoes is my style.

How do you stay in shape?

I exercise in the mornings before work on an elliptical machine at home. However, I am still chasing the loss of ten pounds that most of us keep chasing.

What are your favorite charitable causes?

My wife and I enjoy giving to multiple arts organizations, our church, and selected educational and human service causes. We earned five degrees from Duke University between us so Duke is a high priority on our philanthropic list.

What do you like to do in your downtime?

There is nowhere on the planet I don’t want to visit as I love to travel; also, reading and gardening.

What do you love about this stage of your life?

With college payments for three sons now complete, we are empty nesters recapturing spontaneity.

Any timesaving tips you want to share?

Count me as the worst time manager you’ve profiled. It is my Achilles heel.

What are your favorite restaurants?

In Charlotte, the good food and elegance of Barrington's and the family feel of Dolce. Recently I have taken to Aqua e Vino. Once you walk through the doors you feel like you have stepped back to an old world Italian neighborhood. In Asheville, the unique tastes of Cúrate - call weeks ahead for reservations!

Where are your favorite places for a getaway?

We own a home in Asheville with another couple. With its stunning views, I call it Heaven and it is where I am most at peace. We also enjoy the beaches at Kiawah Island and Emerald Isle.

What was your childhood dream profession?

The goal was to be a doctor. I thought I would earn a medical degree and ended up with a research doctoral degree. It wasn’t exactly what my parents had in mind but they grew to appreciate a different path.

What was your first car?

A very old but well-kept Oldsmobile. I bought it in my senior year of college.

Who are your favorite writers or filmmakers?

Steven Spielberg is my favorite filmmaker. I have too many favorite authors to select just one. However, my recently discovered favorite author is Anthony Doerr who wrote a beautifully penned book, All The Light We Cannot See. I highly recommend it.

Who is your favorite hero of fiction?

Because he captured the imagination of and curiosity in my children and ignited their lifelong love of reading, it would have to be Harry Potter.

 Michael and his wife, Leslie, at a Mint Museum fundraiser in 2017. The couple met as students at Duke University when she was the lead in a musical and he played in the orchestra. 

Michael and his wife, Leslie, at a Mint Museum fundraiser in 2017. The couple met as students at Duke University when she was the lead in a musical and he played in the orchestra. 

What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?

Convincing my wife to marry me and raising three terrific boys.

What is your motto?

Two mottos: Ask for forgiveness and not permission; and don't let the perfect get in the way of the good. The latter motto is challenging for a self-proclaimed perfectionist.

What is your vision for the future?

I believe in the collective wisdom of citizens to build a better future together. Recently our collective purpose has given way to a divisive individualism. Setting tables for collaboration and generosity towards one another is my professional purpose.

What is the best business advice you have received?

Two related pieces of advice on being successful in Charlotte from two sources: Cyndee Patterson, who admonished me to gain influence by being so competent no one could ignore me, and Rolfe Neill, who convinced me that I should view myself as equal to other leaders in the civic life of Charlotte even if I was not their financial, social, or political peer - and to start acting like it!

What did you learn from your father or grandfather that still influences you today?

My father would give the shirt of his back to anyone who needed it. The roots of my career in philanthropy begin with him.

What's your favorite healthy snack?

I eat a lot of fruit.

What's your favorite splurge snack?

 All things chocolate.

What's in your glass during Happy Hour?

A robust and full-bodied glass of red wine.

 

FASHION: EXPERT ADVICE FROM JON SIMON

 Men's fashion expert Jon Simon of Paul Simon Co. 

Men's fashion expert Jon Simon of Paul Simon Co. 

Second-generation clothier Jon Simon of Paul Simon Co. at the Village at South Park is a men's fashion expert. He has a hand in shaping the style of some of Charlotte's best-dressed men of all ages, but here he shares his advice for men 50 and up in a Q&A with The O Report.

What are some of the fashion problems men in their 50, 60, 70s and up are facing? And what are the clothing solutions you recommend?

"The business environment has become much more casual, and senior leaders are having a hard time visually distinguishing themselves. Knit shirts and khakis look good on a younger toned guy, but do not always flatter an older physique. Men this age don’t have the same body they had when they were in their 20s and now they have to turn to clothes to continue to look young and vibrant. The pace of men’s fashion is now moving more quickly than it used to and men in a leadership position need to keep in step. My suggestion is to make your clothes a priority each year. Keep up with what your needs are. Ask your significant other if they will share some of the yearly clothing budget. Find a professional to help you that you trust and are comfortable with."

What are some of the new trends that can help men in that age group update their look?

"I still believe that a sport coat is a difference maker. The shoulders and silhouette of a jacket show superiority, confidence, and give a sense of personal presence. Fabrics with stretch that started in women’s wear have invaded better men’s fashion. It has been helpful having fabrics with stretch coincide with the trimmer fits of today. This has allowed men 50 and up to adopt some trendier looks while retaining a comfortable feel."

What are the key quality wardrobe pieces that men should have by that age?

"A tuxedo for special occasions, life cycle events and galas. Two suits that are current in fit and design. A navy blazer without brass buttons. A nice piece of outerwear for wearing with nice clothes to work or going out in the evening that is in addition to their technical North Face type outerwear. Some ties that are a current width. Two good pairs of jeans, one for hanging out with the kids or grandkids on the weekend and one that is dressier for going out in the evening. And at least one sport coat that is seasonal in fabric and color."

What are your thoughts about untucked shirts?

"Untucked is comfortable, but is not flattering on all body types. There is a time and place for the look. Not all shirts are designed to be worn untucked. A professional can help you determine if the untucked look is right for you or not."

Who are the best-dressed male celebrities, from both the present and the past, that older men can look up to as style role models?

"Michael Douglas, George Clooney, Robert Redford, Tom Brady, Van Jones, Jeremy Piven and Ed Bradley."

How can men dress casually without being sloppy?

"You must have clothes that you feel comfortable and confident in. Get rid of the baggy look. Everything has a more tailored fit today. Make sure you have the right accessories. For example, wearing an old belt with a new outfit will ruin the entire look."

 Trask Chukka Boots come in a variety of colors and materials including leather and suede. 

Trask Chukka Boots come in a variety of colors and materials including leather and suede. 

What are some of your favorite new pieces for Fall/Winter that would be a great addition to the 50 and up man's wardrobe?

 A quilted vest from the Italian brand Waterville. 

A quilted vest from the Italian brand Waterville. 

"Trask Chuka Boots. An updated cardigan knit. An unconstructed soft coat. Five-pocket non-denim pants from Brax. New denim washes from 34 Heritage. A quilted vest from Waterville or Corneliani."

 Five-pocket non-denim pants from Brax. 

Five-pocket non-denim pants from Brax. 

BUZZ: HOT BOOK

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Chip Gaines is known to millions of fans as one-half of the power couple with power tools behind HGTV's hit show Fixer Upper. In his hot-off-the-press new book, Capital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff, the affabable Texan (by way of New Mexico) discusses not only the ups and downs of being a serial entrepreneur, but lessons he learned from his father. "He (showed) me how to be a man and how to be a father," says Gaines in an excerpt from the book published in Parade magazine. "He taught me the importance and value in investing in one's family above all else." 

 

PARTIES: FATHERS OF THE YEAR

 The American Diabetes Association's 2017 Fathers of the Year: Kieth Cockrell of Bank of America, Chad Utermark of Nucor and Vinay Patel of SREE Hotels.   ALL PHOTOS BY DANIEL COSTON

The American Diabetes Association's 2017 Fathers of the Year: Kieth Cockrell of Bank of America, Chad Utermark of Nucor and Vinay Patel of SREE Hotels. ALL PHOTOS BY DANIEL COSTON

Since 2001, the annual Father of the Year Awards gala has been a bright spot on Charlotte's social calendar. Presented by the Father's Day Council, the fundraiser for the American Diabetes Association honors top businessmen who are also outstanding fathers. Honorees over the past 16 years include Brett Carter, Jesse Cureton, Al de Molina, Rob Engel, Carlos Evans, Alvaro Gurdian, Michael Marsicano, Felix Sabates and Richard Vinroot.

 Dashing dads: The honorees make their entrance in style. 

Dashing dads: The honorees make their entrance in style. 

This year's honorees were Kieth Cockrell of Bank of America; Vinay Patel of SREE Hotels; and Chad Utermark of Nucor. They were celebrated during a reception, dinner and awards ceremony at the Westin attended by their families, friends, business associates and supporters of the American Diabetes Association. The Master of Ceremonies for the black tie optional evening was WBTV anchor Jamie Boll.

 Kieth Cockrell with one of the most important women in his life, his beloved former teacher and mentor Juanita Cooke. 

Kieth Cockrell with one of the most important women in his life, his beloved former teacher and mentor Juanita Cooke. 

 Vinay Patel surrounded by his family. 

Vinay Patel surrounded by his family. 

 Chad Utermark accepts his award. 

Chad Utermark accepts his award. 

 Dianne Roth, Jamie Boll and Pat Higgins. 

Dianne Roth, Jamie Boll and Pat Higgins. 

The event was also a toast to Dianne Roth, director of development for the American Diabetes Association Central Carolinas, who retired a few weeks after the fundraiser following 21 years with the nonprofit. She spearheaded the successful event over the years and in the process won the admiration and friendship of many Charlotte's most prominent businessmen and their families.

 Dianne Roth with her honorary Father of the Year Award. 

Dianne Roth with her honorary Father of the Year Award. 

She was surprised by a wonderful tribute given by our Father’s Day Council and the past honorees. Co-chair Pat Phillips presented her with an honorary Father of the Year Award and made the announcement that $25,000 for the American Diabetes Association was raised in honor.

"Being a part of this prestigious group is the greatest professional honor I could have ever imagined, and I am truly touched," said Dianne. "It’s been a privilege to have worked for such an important organization these past 21 years, and most of all to have had the opportunity to get to know so many wonderful business leaders, fathers, and their families in the process. Many have become good friends. I am so blessed to have been in a position to meet wonderful, caring people while at the same time working to support the American Diabetes Association." 

 Leslie and Bruce Schlernitzauer.

Leslie and Bruce Schlernitzauer.

 Future Fathers of the Year? 

Future Fathers of the Year? 

STYLE: HAVE A SEAT

Update your office with a masculine vibe from one of these stylish chairs.

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Flynn mid-century chair in blue from the Better Homes & Gardens Collection, $169, Walmart

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Woodland Imports leather and metal papasan chair in dark brown, $338, Wayfair.

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1970s French leather and iron director's chair, $350, Restoration Hardware.

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Banded stripe Losange chair handmade in the USA, $998, Anthropologie

 

 

HEALTH: EAT LIKE TOM BRADY

 Tom Brady's new TB12 Performance Meals through the dinner delivery service Purple Carrot include offerings such as Japanese Lamb Fritters with Millet Tabbouleh and Lemon Yogurt

Tom Brady's new TB12 Performance Meals through the dinner delivery service Purple Carrot include offerings such as Japanese Lamb Fritters with Millet Tabbouleh and Lemon Yogurt

New England Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady has won multiple Super Bowls. Now he's hoping to compete with meal kit subscription plans including Blue Apron and Hello Fresh with his own brand of dinners through the delivery service Purple Carrot

His TB12 Performance Meals are advertised as being able to help athletes and active adults achieve and reach their peak performance. The healthy and organic plant-based dinners are inspired by Brady's notoriously fanatic diet.

The dinners claim to be high in protein, 100 percent plant-based, gluten-free, with limited refined sugars and soy, and free of highly processed ingredients. The average prep and cook time on each dinner is 35 minutes. Each week's offerings are posted online. This week, it's Green Curry with Kaffir Lime and Steamed Vegetables; Japanese Lamb Fritters with Millet Tabbouleh and Lemon Yogurt; and Cauliflower Steaks with Braised Cabbage and Dijon Sauce.  

Yum or yuck? You decide. One thing is clear: Landing a supermodel wife (Brady is married to Brazilian bombshell Gisele) is not guaranteed. Each meal is two servings and comes with step-by-step instructions. To have three of the meals delivered to your door costs $78 per week (which averages out to $13 per serving). 

 

GROOMING: MANCRAFTED IN CHARLOTTE

 Buckskin & Mane's grooming products for men, including the popular Camo Beard Oil, are handcrafted in Charlotte using all-natural ingredients. 

Buckskin & Mane's grooming products for men, including the popular Camo Beard Oil, are handcrafted in Charlotte using all-natural ingredients. 

Buckskin & Mane, a line of high-quality, all-natural body and hair care products for men, was founded by three military veterans: Robert Mason, Luke "Buck" Yerrick and Lukas Biebinger. They are so passionate about supporting veterans that it's built into their business model: a portion of sales are donated to the nonprofit Charlotte Bridge Home, which helps Charlotte-area veterans transition home after military service.

“We understand the sacrifices that are made in the military - the time away from family and the impact it has on your body both physically and mentally," says Mason. "We have a tremendous amount of respect and appreciation for those who have served.”

Mason says making premium products that customers love combined with the discipline and teamwork he and his business partners learned in the military have made their business successful. "We wake up early every day and hold each other accountable to complete our tasks and goals," he says.

Buckskin & Mane products are “mancrafted" in Charlotte from naturally derived, organic raw ingredients. Find them at the Sporting Gent (2848 Selwyn Avenue, 704-896-5600); Jeffre Scott Apothecary (607 Providence Road, 704-339-0010); CLT Find inside 7th Street Public Market (224 E. Seventh Street, 704-230-4346); and Coco and the Director inside the lobby of the Marriott City Center uptown, 100 W. Trade Street, 704-353-6003. Or order products online at www.buckskinmane.com. 

Among the line’s most popular products are the Sunflower Seed Hydrating Shave Cream ($19); Aspen Bark Oil-Free Moisturizer ($19); 3-in-1 Shampoo, Conditioner and Body Wash with Fresh Hemp and Omega-3 ($17); and the Camo Beard Oil ($19).  

 Sunflower Seed Hydrating Shave Cream ($19)

Sunflower Seed Hydrating Shave Cream ($19)

 Aspen Bark Oil-Free Moisturizer ($19)

Aspen Bark Oil-Free Moisturizer ($19)

 3-in-1 Shampoo, Conditioner and Body Wash with Fresh Hemp and Omega-3 ($17)

3-in-1 Shampoo, Conditioner and Body Wash with Fresh Hemp and Omega-3 ($17)

 Camo Beard Oil ($19). 

Camo Beard Oil ($19).