We want to wish a VERY happy birthday to the one and only Chad Butler – Happy 40th Birthday man! (And yes, we double checked his age too. It’s right folks! He’s a young 40.)
Drew posted this great shot of the birthday boy on Instagram:
(Speaking of Drew, Chad and Instagram, everyone needs to check out Drew’s hilarious Bad Chutler photo series. Take a look HERE! It’ll definitely give you a laugh.)
Here are some kind words from the guys on our favorite drummer:
Jon Foreman (lead singer, guitarist) on Chad: “Chad is a rock… not only with his timing, but with his personality. He’s as steady as they come. Back in the early days, and many times in between, he’s acted as the manager for Switchfoot. He’s a real people person, always puts others first; and he’s just the type of guy you can depend on for anything, just always there. He’s definitely the artist of the group. For instance, just two days ago, Chad was busy making t-shirts like we used to back in the old days. He’s the guy you go to for details because he is definitely the best with stencils.”
Tim Foreman (bassist) and Drew Shirley (guitarist) on Chad:
Tim: “Chad’s kind of all around. He’s the all-American.”
Drew: “He’s the diplomat to be honest. He was in the band with two brothers, mind you – from the beginning.”
Tim: “He had to break up a lot of fights.”
Drew: “He had to be the diplomat. Foremans have strong opinions. People with strong opinions. Any good idea is worth fighting for so Chad is very diplomatic and very un-issued. He doesn’t have issues. He strikes me all the time as just like…”
Tim: “Very even-keeled.”
Drew: “He doesn’t carry baggage.”
Drew Shirley (guitar) on Chad: “So Chad… when we’re hanging out, I learn a lot about Chad. One of the most diplomatic person I’ve ever met in my life… as far as just understanding plans – whether it’d be with booking… Chad handles a lot of the emails. That has to do with being able to respond and balance with different people and different expectations… who’s in and out of the loop – keeping people up to date with what’s going on. I don’t know what we’d do without Chad. Super talented with just making people feel important and recognized and thanked. And he’s the one who remembers “We need to get a gift for so and so because of the work that they did” or “hey, I forwarded you this email, you should be on on this” – stuff that I forget a lot. Chad’s thinking ahead. He’s a forward thinking man. The most forward thinking man I know. He’s also very disciplined, and that’s a part of it too. Working out, calling the family, getting together with people, scheduling and that stuff… if I had to hire a president of my company, it’d be Chad. Chad for president.”
And since it’s his birthday, we simply HAVE to post this great shot of Chad as a young fashion icon:
Happy Birthday Chad! Thanks for your wisdom, kindness and talent – the band would certainly not be the same without you!
Post a birthday message for Chad in the comments below and stay tuned! Our next update features some great updates from tour!