In this last but not least installment of our 13-part Meet the Team series, we get better acquainted with Paul Wetzel, the president of Wetzel Services.
In 2017, Paul and Valerie redefined the Wetzel Services mission statement:
“To provide a flexible, fun and family-focused team while helping others.”
One of the biggest benefits of being a business owner is that you get a big say in who you work with every day, Paul says. In his opinion, he is surrounded by some incredible people, who share his appreciation for working in a flexible, fun environment that allows team members to focus on their families.
In fact, if you ask Paul what accomplishment he is most proud of, it would probably be this: assembling a great team that fits together in terms of work skills, strengths and personalities to achieve their goal of helping others. As he took a step back from the broker-in-charge position this year, he counted on the team to carry on operations smoothly — and they have.
In addition to helping our clients, the Wetzel team has reached out together into the community this year to help others, supporting several local non-profit organizations:
- Sponsoring the Rock Out Hunger event
- Driving weekly food rescue routes
- Organizing a food drive in conjunction with our company picnic
- Buying tickets for a table at the CC Pearce Culinary School Community Dinner
- Purchasing Christmas gifts for struggling families
- Sponsoring community dance events and classes for participants with special needs
On a personal note, Paul and Valerie have an almost-empty nest, with their daughter in her senior year and their son in his sophomore year, both at Clemson University. They moved to downtown Greenville in December 2017 and are enjoying the walkability and rideability as well as the easy access to restaurants, outdoor concerts and street festivals. They also value the diversity — racial, political, socioeconomic — of the residents in their downtown neighborhood.
In his leisure time, Paul enjoys early morning bike rides down the Swamp Rabbit Trail, following his hometown Chicago sports teams, traveling to warm places, reading, listening to bands, and all things Pink Floyd.