Modified: March 04, 2013 1:01 PM
Sharing values, ideas
Working with kids and young adults has been a longtime passion for Paul Moak Jr.
The second-generation dealer, with stores housing Honda, Subaru and Volvo cars in Jackson, Miss., grew up in Scouting and has been active in it as an adult.
"I'm interested in anything with kids because it is our responsibility to transfer values to younger generations," says Moak, 64. "Their ideas and values are formed while they are young."
But the giving-back story of this former Time Quality Dealer Award finalist and one-time president of the Mississippi Automobile Dealers' Association spans the generations.
Moak and his wife, Jeanne, are involved members of First Baptist Church in Jackson, where for several years they have been available to work with couples who may be contemplating marriage, are engaged or have recently married.
"We have a staff member at the church who has been a Christian-based counselor," Moak explains. "He often was talking with married couples who needed guidance, which led him to think about young couples and how he could help them."
The Moaks have been a part of that structured program for several years.
Moak also has served on the board of Mississippi College, a private institution in Clinton that dates to 1826. The board interacts with the president of the college, but Moak gets to know students through campus activities.
With the dealerships consuming six days of a workweek, what prompts Moak to share talents and accept outside challenges?
He says: "When we were growing up, my father taught us an attitude of saying 'yes.'''