PAUL "BO"BOLLINGER JR.
Paul “Bo” Bollinger is the Executive Director of Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating
(CRAB) and has been serving in this role since March, 2016. Prior to becoming Executive
Director he was a CRAB Board Member in 2015.
Bollinger was born in Louisville, Kentucky. He graduated from the University of Kentucky
majoring in Business Administration and Airport Management. He is married to Elizabeth
Stablein Bollinger his high school sweetheart and they have two grown children and two
grandchildren. Elizabeth was designated an honorary “Admiral” of CRAB in 2017 for her
exemplary service to the organization.
Bo has been boating all of his life starting on the Ohio River with his three brothers and a
sister on an 8’ Chris Craft sailing dinghy. Later on his family was one of the first owners of a
14’ Hobie Cat in Kentucky. Many fond memories were created on the Hobie with Elizabeth
and Squire, the family’s Springer Spaniel.
Bollinger also gained sailing experience working on a 106’ schooner, The Neptune III based
in Nice, France. On board as one of four crew, they hosted passengers on two-week
cruises of the French Riveria in 1978. While on the Med, he sailed a “Tiger Cruise” on his
younger brother’s 600’ nuclear submarine tender the USS Gilmore out of Sardinia, Italy to
Malaga, Spain and back.
Bo spent 18 years working in Washington, DC in senior level positions for aviation
associations such as the American Association of Airport Executives; Airport Consultants
Council, Airports Council International; and, the Air Traffic Control Association. In addition,
he spent more than a dozen years working for companies in the aviation industry such as
AECOM and Boeing. His favorite work was as a Special Assistant and later as Deputy
Assistant Secretary from 2006-2009 in the Pentagon. He was responsible for standing up
the alternative fuel certification program for the Air Force; and, creating the Army’s energy
strategy and initiating projects to reduce consumption, increase renewables, and enhance
Bo founded the Wounded Warrior Sailing Regatta in Annapolis in 2012. He also created
the Greater Washington Aviation Open (GWAO) in 1989 and it 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 and has raised over $3 million for several aviation
Bollinger earned a graduate executive certificate in association management from George
Washington University. He earned his U.S. Coast Guard Masters license in Sail/Power in