Honor, courage, and commitment. Those are the three guiding principles Paul Klahn has chosen to live his life by. Paul started out as a little kid with a dream of helping others. Now as a safety supervisor, he is doing just that. Learn more about Paul…
Little Kid, Big Dreams
As a young boy growing up in the small college town of Brockport in upstate New York, Paul Klahn spent his television time watching many of the popular cop shows of the time including Starsky and Hutch, and The Andy Griffith Show with that famous small town sheriff who never had to use his gun! Those guys were heroes in his eyes, and from then on Paul knew he wanted to do something in the public service industry when he grew up.
After graduating high school, Paul had many friends who enlisted in the United States Navy so he decided it would be a good fit for him and enlisted in 1995. After all, joining the military is one of the greatest acts of public service one can do. He headed out to Great Lakes, Illinois to start basic training and was then stationed in Norfolk, Virginia on the USS Enterprise.
As an Aviation Ordnanceman, Paul was deployed with the Marines to Iraq where he was in charge of watching over the no-fly zone. He learned to live his life with honor, courage, and commitment, three values instilled in him during his time overseas with the Marines, and which he still lives by today. Because of Paul’s strong character and values, he became a petty officer at the peak of his career in the Navy.
After Paul’s tour of duty in the Navy he didn’t have a clear idea of what he wanted to do with the rest of his life, like many other military veterans, but he knew he wanted to have an influential job helping people. That’s when he got involved in military ministry, specifically Anchor House Ministries, dedicated to helping and mentoring young men. During his time with the ministry, Paul was able to take his dedication to honor, courage, and commitment he learned in the military and put it to good use.
In 2004 Paul made the move to Indianapolis, and soon after he started volunteering at the Indiana Boys’ School Prison as a mentor before the closing of the facility in 2005. In 2011 Paul would come back as a training administer to the former Boys school prison that was converted into an adult facility. All employees were required to go through three weeks of training for which Paul was responsible. He was able to take his core values from the military and instill them in new employees during training.
Making His Mark at Holland
During his time working at the prison, a Holland terminal manager and friend of Paul’s approached him to fill an open position as a Safety Manager. Holland needed a new face of the company that all new hires would go through, and after working as a Training Administer, the transition was natural for him. He interviewed with the Director of Safety and was hired in 2014.
“I still get to sneak in the Honor, Courage, and Commitment during training. I’ve been preparing for this job my whole life,” says Paul.
Since starting at Holland, Paul has been a natural at training new hires and keeping the company safe. A typical work week for Paul consists of 2 three-day-long training seminars in which he discusses Holland safety policies, benefits, and tries to instill positivity and respect in the minds of all employees to create the best working environment possible.
“A day at work is what you make of it. When a person isn’t feeling positive or isn’t in touch with their feelings, they can cause problems for other employees, management, and customers. We try to lead by example with positive attitudes,” says Paul.
A Proud Family Man
Congratulations go out to Paul as he recently got married in September of 2015. He also has three boys, ages 15, 13, and 12, who he is extremely proud of. They are involved in football, basketball, and soccer and Paul loves to attend their games. He is their biggest cheerleader. He even sometimes volunteers as an assistant coach.
Aside from sports, the family loves to stay active together and get involved with the church. Paul sometimes speaks to the seniors at WellBrooke of Avon on Sundays, and attends services regularly. His dedication to family and religion is admirable.
Holland would like to thank Paul not only for his service in the United States Navy, but also for making great strides in improving the company’s safety and positive atmosphere. To become a member of the Holland team like Paul, check out open positions online and apply today!