MANTIME was born out of frustration. Throughout the years of attending multiple men’s retreats and conferences Chad felt these events were not meeting a need so many men desired…a smaller, honest, and more engaging experience. A place where guys could be themselves and have time to rest and slow down without being shuffled from one scheduled thing to another. He desired an environment where men could be encouraged and challenged with grace without being pressured, condemned, or preached at.
Chad Smith - Founder
Besides being born and bred in North Carolina, Chad has previously lived in Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina, which is where he did both his undergraduate and graduate studies. Majoring in Biblical Studies and Student Ministry at Columbia International University Chad moved to Florida and served on staff at a PCA church. During this time he married Myquillyn and they remained in Florida for 5 years. After moving back to Columbia, SC and attending his alma mater to receive his Masters of Education, Chad and Myquillyn then moved to Macon, GA to serve as department head and teacher at First Presbyterian Day School. It was during this time that their 3 boys were born. Landis (23) will be graduating from Columbia International University majoring in business; Cademon (20) works as an auto technician at CES Motorsport in Monroe, NC; and Gavin (19), is a freshman at NC State in the Engineering school.
After 5 years of being in the classroom Chad decided to be adventurous and move into the business world and bought into a franchise that brought him and the family home to NC. Over the next 10 years many successes and challenges were experienced through various businesses that brought the fruit of maturity and wisdom. It was also during this time that Myquillyn began the groundwork for her blog and online business, which would eventually become a successful career as “The Nester” and authoring 3 best-selling books, the most recent reaching New York Times list.
Today, Chad and Myquillyn live on a 12 acre farm in a rural community just outside Charlotte, NC. Having been married for 26 years they are enjoying the beginnings of the "empty nester" stage (resist the temptation to make a pun). Additionally, he is founder and curator of MANTIME, a live and online gathering of men encouraging them to reclaim the vision for their lives. He enjoys the outdoors, particularly, overlanding in his Land Rover; anything chocolate; BBQ; a good bourbon; 70s & 80s music; and strangely enough, hockey. Almost always you'll find Pappy, his silver lab, tagging along wherever he goes.