Paul R. Straubinger
Paul R. Straubinger worked under his father Victor’s tutelage from his youth until he enrolled in the US Marine Reserves in 1965. While on call for the U.S. Marine Reserves, he received a two year degree from Erie County Technical Institute in Engineering Technology enabling him to take an in house engineer position at John W. Cowper Company, a leading commercial building contractor at the time, in Buffalo New York. Shortly after, Paul R. enrolled in evening college classes at the University of Buffalo while working at John W. Cowper Company. In 1969 he was wedded to his wife Patricia, and they are still married to this day. After their marriage, Patricia worked as a dental hygienist, which enabled Paul R. to enroll in day classes at the University of Buffalo (U.B.) where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering in 1971. Upon graduating, he was appointed as an Operations Officer for the family’s real estate development and holding enterprise. Elma Meadows (100 SFR lot subdivision) and Wimbeldon Village (150 Unit townhouse) were a couple of Paul R.’s first projects. Thereafter, under this same post, Paul Sr. developed and managed varies categories of commercial properties, which included multi-family, condominium, hospitality, assisted care living facilities, and retail.
The family’s Florida real estate development operations in began in 1976, when Paul R. moved his wife and children to Treasure Island, Florida to escape the Buffalo winters. After relocating, Paul R.’s career expanded to include development and asset management of varies commercial asset classes such as strip and power retail center, multi-family, office, industrial / warehouse and various special use properties.
Paul R. actively developed along the Gulf Coast during the highly volatile 1980’s, and prides himself on never having lost a property to a lender during that turbulent time. In the 1990’s through the early 2000’s, his most dominant business consisted of beach front multi-family developments. Paul R. had a prescient knowledge of the turmoil soon to come, and started winding down the company’s residential development operations in advance.
In 2012, Paul R. and his wife of over 50 years relocated to Juniper, Florida where he maintains a Pinellas County management office, an active Florida Brokers License (BK391041), and a Florida Certified General Contractors License (CGC045497). He still acts as an unofficial Chairman Emeritus in consulting with Paul G. in many facets of Straubcos operations to date. He enjoys traveling with his wife and year-round softball and golf leagues in the Jupiter area.