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Happy Father’s Day: What AppLovin Employees are Most Grateful for

by Claire Tak on Jun 17, 2021

They’re our heroes, mentors, and supporters. For this year’s Father’s Day, AppLovin is recognizing our dads for their strong work ethic, practical advice, and unquestionable loyalty to their families. To show our appreciation, we asked the AppLovin employees to share why they’re most thankful for their dads.

Here’s what they said:

“My dad’s tireless efforts to raise a an immigrant family in the United States is a priceless gift and lifelong lesson to always strive for and stay hopeful, even through the toughest of times. Thank you, for teaching me what it means to be a loving father. :)” —Haris Wasim, Software Engineer II

My dad is the reason I got into video games—he introduced me to all the early PC games from Sierra and I fell in love. He’s always been the model for the type of man I want to be. Thanks, Dad!”—Jeff Smith, Principal Engineer, PeopleFun

“He showed me how to be dedicated, hard working, and most of all how to be a great dad.”
Rudy Baez, 3D Lead Designer

“My dad has been there for me in the good times and the bad, and I am so thankful for all the fun times we have had and the adventures still to come! I really appreciate everything he does.”—Brittany Marisco, Junior 2D Designer 

“My dad has always been there for me, even if I may not have noticed. He’s been a fantastic role model and taught me the importance of family, hard work, and a neat glass of whiskey.”—Mathew Schuck, Senior Blog Writer

“My dad has a strong work ethic that was passed onto me. He’s a whatever-it-takes kind of a guy.”—Jake Worley, Designer

“I am thankful for my dad because he supports and believes in me no matter what, and is always there to boost my confidence in moments where I don’t have it for myself.”—Alexandra Osborn-Jones, Senior Manager, Growth

“He showed me what it means to work hard—and for that I’ll never forgive him!”—Justin Anderson, Game Writer

“He worked 6 days a week to keep the four of us fed, sheltered, and in school. And he taught me to always give it my all!”—Garrett Dare, Junior 2D Designer

“Thankful for the sacrifices made to provide the opportunities I have today both as a son and a contributing member of the community.”—Jason Torres, Senior QA

My dad is very much like a giant grizzly bear: sleeps and eats all day but will do everything in his power to protect those that he cares about. Happy Father’s Day, Teddy!—Margaret Tran, Design Intern

“He answers the phone at any hour to aid in all my troubles: cannot figure out how to work a screwdriver, barn is on fire, there’s a bug, existential crisis.”—Bethany Frank, Sr. Product Manager

“I’m thankful for my dad’s constant presence and support in my life and for all his perfectly timed jokes.”—Shalan Chau, 3D Generalist, Lion Studios

What kind of mobile apps are dads into?

Just like we did for Mother’s Day, we asked what kind of apps dads enjoy most, and the overwhelming response was mobile apps. Here’s the breakdown: 

Mobile games was the top choice for apps, followed by productivity/education apps, food and delivery apps, and fitness trackers.

Showing your appreciation

Although it’s been a challenging year, make this Father’s Day a special one. Whether you treat your dad to a nice meal, give him a call, or get him a gift, let him know how much you appreciate him. Happy Father’s Day!

Claire Tak is Marketing Manager, Content at AppLovin.