1996 Chevrolet Impala Super Sport: A daily driver with a professional and community purpose!

TMB n TBKPaul Gruenther’s 1996 Impala Super Sport (the SS) rockets around Jacksonville during the week as a Realtor Ride, then dresses up for car shows and cruisin’ events on the weekends. Over the past 3+ years Paul’s four-door hot rod has accumulated 35,000 miles of Realtor caravans and home showings plus appeared at the Springfield Historic Cruises, the Daytona Fall and Spring Turkey Run Car Shows, the Moultrie Georgia Car Corral and countless Impala and Caprice Club (INC) events.

Since purchasing the SS in 2010, Paul has modified the engine and drivetrain to run like a four-door, high-performance Camaro. The modified LT1 350 engine delivers 300HP through a Camaro T56 six speed manual transmission and a 3.73 ratio rear end. The suspension and brakes have been beefed up to safely shuttle four passengers and their belongings.

Paul originally purchased the SS in 2010 to enhance The Moves Brothers, an outreach duo with Andrew Bell supporting women’s cancer fund raising. These brothers of another mother grew out of years of volunteer performances for local fundraisers. After performing as the Blues Brothers at the 2009 WCR Fashion Show, Paul and Andrew decided to dress in pink suits for the highly successful 2010 Realtor’s Political Action Committee (RPAC) “Pink Flamingo Lounge” Fundraising Auction.

Not satisfied with just one event, Paul and Andrew took the pink suit idea a step further and volunteered to fight women’s cancer. Through personal appearances with the SS they support “In the Pink”, a Jacksonville boutique for women living with cancer and “Bands Against Breast Cancer” (BABC), an organization that provides cancer education and mammogram assistance.

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Promoting the slogan “Dedicated to Community”, this dapper duo delivers a message to men that it’s ok to be interested in solving women’s cancer issues. They ignite fund raising events by inviting hundreds of friends and then make sure its incredible fun. For the past 3 years they have appeared at Boobasapooza (a BABC fund raiser), entered an “In the Pink” float in the Spring Beaches Parade and attended countless fund raisers for women’s cancer. In October of 2013, they joined Jeri Millard, Director at “In the Pink” to accept a $25,000 check from the Jaguars Foundation at a Jacksonville Jaguars football game. In 2010 the Women’s Council of Realtors (WCR) awarded the “Entrepreneur of the Year” award to The Moves Brothers and in 2012 the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation presented The Moves Brothers with a Breast Cancer Champion Award.

During the 2013 Christmas season The Moves Brothers donated a complete computer gaming system to “Project Prepare” at Daniel Kids, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping 16 to 21 year old homeless and near-homeless young adults complete school and become self-sufficient. Paul and Andrew orchestrated a shopping event at Best Buy to purchase the $1,200 gaming system used at the Daniel Kids residential facilities on Parental Home Road. The robust entertainment system brings these young adults together for important socializing, mentoring and technology skills enrichment.

Paul is a VT Hokie, earning his Bachelor in Accounting at Virginia Tech in 1977 and his MBA at the University of Hartford in 1985. He is a graduate of the Jacksonville Beach Citizen’s Police Academy (CPA) and the Jax Chamber’s Political Leadership Institute (PLI). Paul enjoyed his first career of 25 years doing account, finance and business consulting in manufacturing and insurance. Today as a successful Realtor with The Legends of Real Estate, East Coast, he lists and sells residential properties throughout Northeast Florida. He works on all aspects of residential real estate including single family homes, condos, new construction, foreclosures, short sales, downsizing, relocations and much more.

Starting early in his Realtor career, Paul gave to our community through the Northeast Florida Association of Realtor’s (NEFAR)  Realtors Ramp It Up Program. In 2006 and 2007, he Chaired NEFAR’s Community Affairs committee and in 2007 contributed to building over 40 wheelchair ramps for the needy… a standing NEFAR record.  In this role, Paul helped schedule ramp builds and secure volunteers. To this day Paul continues as the team leader and volunteer on many wheelchair ramp builds throughout Northeast Florida.

Community service, whether it is building a wheelchair ramp, helping young adults or raising money for a charity by dressing up in a pink suit, is personally gratifying and an important part of Paul’s professional life. He says it was ingrained in him from a very young age. “In my family, that was a basic principle,” said Gruenther. “You do things in your community. My Dad was a career military officer and my Mom was a home maker for six children. My mother and father were regular volunteers in the community.” He said even to this day, his Mom volunteers at the Lightner Museum in St Augustine. “At 89 years old, she loves regular activity, being around people and giving back. She continues to be a great inspiration for me,” he said.

Paul at Daytona Turkey Run 12.01.2013

Paul is proud of his UF Gator son, his UNF Osprey daughter and his 6 grandchildren. He enjoys all kinds of home repair projects and of course, “turning wrenches” on the SS and his 1998 Ford Ranger truck. He loves to garden at his home in Ponte Vedra, social network on Facebook and LinkedIn, ride his bike to the beach, ice skate at the Jacksonville Ice and Sportsplex and kayak in Jacksonville’s wonderful waterways. You can follow the adventures of The Moves Brothers on their face book page or at www.TheMovesBrothers.com