F&I Manager Spotlight Walt Dobrowski is our featured pro in this issue M any things can be said when describing Walt Dobrowski but two words cannot be in the same sentence with his name and those would be ‘uninteresting’ and ‘boring’. However, many words do describe him well such as motorcycle enthusiast, yachtsman, doting father/grandfather, mentor, trainer and the list goes on. From his youth as a surfer dude to his mature days of personally mentoring young upstarts looking for guidance, Walt has led an exciting and rewarding life. And his story continues. Born in Rochester New York and having spent the first six years of his life there, his family moved to the San Francisco Bay area. Marriage and five children-all millennials-later, Walt now enjoys his four grandchildren and is active in their everyday lives. He maintains homes in Sacramento California and in Fayetteville Arkansas dividing his time between them every few months. And he plays as hard as he works too, which is uncommon in the dog-eat-dog world of the automobile business especially for someone as talented as he is. Motorcycles have been a passion since he was 17 years old. “When the kids started getting older, we picked up dirt bike riding. We were gone every day we had off in the summertime”. Though the dirt bike days are gone, his passion for riding is still strong. “We get to ride all year long here in California. This time of year you will find that most of my rides are for Toys-for-Tots and we have several ride events scheduled through the Christmas season”. He also loves winding back-road motorcycle trips to Lake Tahoe which is his favorite ride often inviting friends and work associates along. He’s also an accomplished yachtsman having owned several boats. On his love for yachting, he says, “I use to live on my boat and life was easy on the water. I often loved taking rides outside the Golden Gate bridge with colleagues to go whale watching. The San Francisco Bay is like a big lake with a lot of marinas to go have lunch and dinner. My favorite was Sausalito pier”. Family is most important to Walt and he spends lots of time with them. “I have a 22-year-old granddaughter-Ashley-and she has taken on my independent traits. She’s a corporate girl who was recently transferred to New Jersey. I’m so proud of her and her accomplishments! My 5-year-old granddaughter-named City-is my sidekick. We’re always finding something fun to do on the weekends”. It's safe to say that he’s a little ‘grandkid centered’. Most of his free time is spent loving on his 4 grandchildren. 5

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