Paul Huszar is retired from 23 years of active duty military service, including four combat tours in Iraq, one unaccompanied tour in Korea and operational deployments to Thailand, Bolivia, Honduras, Panama and Haiti.
He relocated to South Tampa upon his retirement from military service and began his tenure with VetCor, a restoration company that hires veterans and those with similar values, in December 2013.
His military awards, and decorations, include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal with an oak leaf cluster, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters and several other commendations, service medals and unit awards, the Sapper Tab, Master Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Australian, Chilean, and Honduran Parachutist Badges, and the Silver and Bronze Orders of the DeFleury Medal. Huszar also received the Governor’s Business Ambassador Award from Gov. Rick Scott, and the Florida Association of Insurance Reform Community Champion Award in 2018.
1. College alma mater?
The U.S. Military Academy and the University of Washington for graduate school.
2. Last book you read?
Necessary Endings by Henry Cloud. A great read for personal, and professional, growth and development.
3. Last place you vacationed?
A weekend, by myself, at Shades of Green in Orlando – terrible answer, but true, and I need to do better at this.
4. PC or Mac?
PC, definitely, but I’m an iPhone and iPad lover.
5. Guilty-pleasure food?
Grilled rib-eye, medium rare, with grilled asparagus, baked sweet potato and a robust cabernet.
6. We’ll find you on the weekend doing?
Something physical/outdoors and taking my dog to the beach.
7. Biggest fear?
8. Proudest moment?
Bringing home all my 1,000-plus soldiers and airmen, in the joint task force I commanded in Iraq from 2009 to 2010, after successfully completing our mission.
9. Dream dinner companion?
Leonardo DaVinci, the ultimate renaissance man (if I could bring someone back). Otherwise, [Bucs quarterback] Tom Brady because, one, he’s the GOAT [greatest of all time] and, two, his leadership changed the culture of that organization overnight.
10. Any pets?
An 18-month-old, white, lab puppy named Duke.
11. Who did you last text?
Silly stuff to my pal, Chris Reyes.
12. What is your cellphone wallpaper image?
13. What do you listen to in the car?
Hits 1 and 80’s music on 8 on Sirius XM Satellite Radio.
14. What is your go-to drink order?
Tough one because I’m an amateur mixologist, but I’ll say an old-fashioned, and I make the best ones.
15. Favorite candy?
Dark chocolate bark because it’s (relatively) healthy and I can eat small pieces.
16. Do you suffer from Primenesia?
Not necessarily Amazon, but yes. Too many hobbies and the older the boy …
17. Pool or beach?
Beach (unless its fitness swimming).
18. Charity you support?
Anything that’s veteran-related, and well-run, like Team RWB and the Homefront Foundation.
19. Favorite childhood memory?
Winning a Little League playoff baseball game in the last inning and celebrating with my teammates.
20. Words of advice?
Live, love, laugh, learn and leave a legacy.