Volunteer Profile: Paul Wohlrab January 23, 2017
Paul’s extensive career in the marine industry and history of growing up in Fort Lauderdale make him an ideal member of MIASF’s Membership Committee by using his community connectivity and leadership to help develop programs and services that benefit members and provide networking opportunities, such as Maritime Monday, Better Business Luncheons, and Member Mingle Open Houses.
Where are you from and how long have you lived here?
I was born in New Jersey. My parents moved to Fort Lauderdale when I was 5, in 1959, so I am a “Near Native”.
How long have you worked at Jerry’s Marine and what are your main duties?
I came to Jerry’s Marine Service the first week of 2010, as National Sales Manager. I’ve been part of the marine industry most of my working life, and all in South Florida. My life in the boating biz has spanned more than 40 years: a decade with various parts of Pompanette, and a decade with Bennett Trim Tabs, with Mase Generators of North America, Tides Marine, and Reverso Pumps rounding out my career before Jerry’s.
What prompted your participation on the MIASF Membership Committee and what do you enjoy most from the experience?
My decision to allocate the appropriate amount of time to the MIASF Membership Committee came with the realization that the industry in which I have spent my lifetime doesn’t have as many of the “core players” as members as it once boasted. The backbone of our industry is the manufacturers, the engine guys, boat builders, accessory guys, key dealers and distributors that provide the goods we all consume. I want to reach out to the guys that bust their knuckles and do the heavy lifting. With that said, I am happy we have a well-rounded variety of companies involved, and I want even more to get actively involved.
Are you involved in any other community organizations or events?
I’m a member of North Creek Presbyterian Church in Coconut Creek, Florida.
Why is volunteering important to you?
It’s my chance to give back to the industry that has provided well for my lifetime of work. I’ve visited the places I wanted to see, made friends with some amazing folks, and fulfilled my career desires in the boating industry. This is my opportunity to help promote an important and vital group, imperative to the well-being of the industry.
How does your business connect with the marine industry?
We participate in the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show and have for decades. We host an annual Industry Appreciation Day here at our Ft. Lauderdale facility just before Christmas each year–deep fried turkey and rotisserie roasted pork. We feed a bunch for lunch!
What do you do for fun?
My wife, Debi, and I enjoy traveling, fishing with our kids and grandkids, and hiking in the Rockies when we get the chance.