Paul “Bo” Bollinger is the Executive Director of Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating and has been serving in this role since March, 2016. He formerly served as principal of Bollinger & Associates, a consulting firm providing government relations, communications, strategy, and overall enhanced effectiveness in a challenging and complex political and economic environment.
He has been boating all of his life starting on the Ohio River on an Owens cabin cruiser, Nautaline houseboat, Hobie Cat, Herders canoe, and dinghies. After college, he worked on a 106’ schooner (Neptune III) in Nice, France that took passengers on two-week cruises of the French Riviera. While in the Mediterranean he sailed roundtrip from Sardinia, Italy to Malaga, Spain on his brother’s Navy ship, the USS Gilmore, a 600’ nuclear sub-tender.
After moving to Washington, DC in 1979 he continued his love of boating on Chesapeake Bay with the purchase of a Cal 25 for his wife and baby son. Later they moved up to a Catalina 34 and continued their sailing to more distant locations with the addition of a daughter at the helm.
Bo spent 16 years working for aviation professional and trade associations such as the American Association of Airport Executives, the Airport Consultants Council, the Airport’s Council International, and the Air Traffic Control Association. He also worked in the private sector for Day & Zimmermann in Philadelphia, HNTB, Inc and The Boeing Company in Washington, DC.
While seeking another sailboat, the family over-ruled him, and they bought a Formula 34PC in Fort Lauderdale and he cruised it to Chesapeake Bay. He and his wife Elizabeth have been full-time, year-round, boaters for 16 years on Spa Creek in Annapolis.
Bo is the founder of the Recovering Warrior Sailing Regatta (2012) that is supported by CRAB, the National Sailing Hall of Fame, and US Naval Academy. He also founded of the Greater Washington Aviation Open which is the largest aviation charity event in Washington, DC. The GWAO was the 2013 recipient of the National Aeronautic Association’s Public Benefit Flying Award. In addition, he is on the Board of Directors of the Bollinger Foundation, created in honor of his deceased cousin who was a senior official at HUD during the Reagan Administration, and it provides educational funds to children who have lost a parent employed in the public housing industry.
Bollinger is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. He earned a graduate executive certificate in association management from George Washington University. Bo earned his U.S. Coast Guard Masters license in Sail/Power in 2006.