Volunteer profile: Krissy Wiborg May 18, 2016

Krissy Wiborg’s family has been in the marine industry for four generations, and she served as a site coordinator for this year’s Broward County Waterway Cleanup and on the committee for this year’s Marine Industry Day, which is June 18 at Esplanade Park.

How long have you worked at Bob Hewes Boats, and in the marine industry total?

I have worked in the marine industry most of my life. I began working part-time at Bob Hewes Boats when I was 12 years old, starting as a boat washer to earn extra money. After college I came back to work in the family business, doing everything from sales and inventory management to marketing and advertising. I left the family business to pursue a career in teaching, ultimately leaving to fulfill my dream of working on a fishing TV show and their sister magazine. After that project, I joined the team at the Florida Sportsman Magazine.  As time passed, I realized that Bob Hewes Boats was where I belong, and it felt like “home.” I have been working back in the family business for over five years now and am truly blessed to be part of such a great team. I appreciate all I have learned throughout the years from other companies and cherish the working relationships I have formed.

What is your family’s history in the local marine industry?

My great-grandfather, Lewis “Lew” Hewes, was a pioneer in the marine industry in South Florida, opening a marine dealership in 1926 on the Miami River. He sat on the board and assisted in the first Miami Boat Show in 1941, and Bob Hewes Boats has been displaying at the show ever since. Lew was also one of three founding members of the Miami Outboard Club in 1938. In the 1950s, Bob Hewes, my grandfather, took over the family business and in 1962 began producing the first production flats boats out of fiberglass; the Hewes Bonefisher. He was the first to introduce trim tabs to flats boats, and with the help from several legendary fishermen, the first to design and introduce the poling platform.  Bob Hewes sold the manufacturing rights to Maverick Boat Co. in 1989 and the dealership to his son-in-law and daughter, Jim and Lorrie Wiborg, in 1988. Along with our parents, Jim and Lorrie, my brother Brian and I are currently working in the business and are the 4th generation. Bob Hewes Boats is currently in its 90th year and has grown to include four locations throughout South Florida. We look forward to continually growing the business and keeping the family legacy alive.

Why did you decide to get involved in the Waterway Cleanup, and Marine Industry Day?

I wanted to “give back” to an industry that has provided my family and me with several lifetimes of opportunities and wonderful family memories. The ocean is what has provided the foundation for the Hewes family name, and for that we are forever grateful. In order to ensure the success of our industry, we need to first ensure the health of our marine environment for future generations. I feel staying involved is the best way to share our love of all things marine related.

Are you involved in any other community organizations or events?

I am a member of several nonprofits and assist with different events to raise money for various charitable organizations. I am a member of the Heidi Hewes Chapter of the Woman’s Cancer Association. The chapter is named after my aunt, and youngest daughter of Bob Hewes, who passed away her senior year of high school due to cancer. I recently joined the organization, A Way for a Stray; helping to find homes for our furry friends. I assist with the CCA (Coastal Conservation Association) Dade County chapter and their annual banquet. I am also a member of the University Of Miami Sports Hall of Fame and work on several of their event committees that support charities such as Habitat for Humanity and The Buoniconti Fund, part of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. I also assist with several different fishing tournaments that benefit various charities throughout the community.

Why do you think it’s important to volunteer?

Volunteering is a cornerstone of who I am and what makes me happy. It feels good to give back and I am always willing to lend a helping hand wherever I can. No matter what one can give – talent, time or treasure; it does make an impact on our community. It doesn’t matter how big or small, it all makes a difference.

Where are you from, and where do you live now?

I was born and raised in Miami Shores, Florida, and still reside in Miami.

What do you do for fun?

Outside of work and volunteering, I enjoy fishing, fishing and more fishing (both offshore and inshore). I also enjoy diving, being on the water and traveling.  I am also an avid orchid enthusiast and truly enjoy my time growing and cultivating orchids.

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