CV

Professional Summary

A serial entrepreneur at heart, Paul has started or restarted 5 businesses in the past 30 years. He led teams at DataBeam, ELAN, VITAL Mgmt., BRAVAS Group and PrepTECH. He raised venture capital and completed two sell side transactions, a strategic and a financial buyer.  And, has four buy side transactions as well. Paul formed and secured financing for 15 home tech integration companies that became BRAVAS, LLC.

 

Paul authored Hitting for the Cycle a ‘how to’ management action book for the home technology integration business. He produces "Tuesday Morning Coffee", a weekly newsletter, is a frequent contributor to Technology Insider magazine and is an invited speaker at many CI industry and buying group events. 

 

With his VITAL MGMT partner, Steve Firszt, he created a cloud-based dashboard management system for Custom Integration owner/operators. Together they added over $96M in improved profits for 65 clients over 8 years. He pioneered online tech training (2003) at ELAN, has multiple product innovations to his credit, is an avid promoter and marketing maven and has been recognized as a CE Pro Master.  Paul led technology programs at Burroughs and Recognition Equipment. He is a past chairman of the Kentucky World Trade Center and served over 20 years on its executive committee.

 

He and his wife, Jerri, founded BUILDING BETTER LIVES, a foundation dedicated to helping victims of sex trafficking and domestic abuse. Together they have raised over $1.5M in donations and pledges.  

 

Paul earned a BS in Marketing from Bradley University and completed Stanford University, AMA Management program. Paul lives in San Diego with his wife, Jerri. They share four children, 11 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Paul has 11 brothers and sisters and grew up in a small town (St. Anne) in Eastern Illinois. He has traveled and done business in 14 countries.

Skills

Work Experience

2021-current

FOUNDER, EVANGELIST PrepTECH Tech Recruitment

Started Find*Vet*Train*Place service company for custom integrators. Mission to add 1,000 techs per year.

2015-2019

FOUNDER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR BRAVAS GROUP COOPERATIVE

Formed 32 companies into collaborative cooperative. Led 15 through a successful investment banking process and sale exceeding $65M.

2013-2021

FOUNDER, CEO VITAL MGMT Business Coaching

Co-founded business coaching practices centered around industry specific metrics. Had over 6 dozens clients on the VITAL System methodology.

1993-2013

President, EVP, GM at ELAN Home Systems

In a 20-year span, led a management, buyout, turned around a failing business, sold through an investment banking process, grew the business 17 times, completed two acquisitions, transitioned to Nortek, helped organize COREBrands as CMO.

Education

1971-1975

Bradley University

Voted Outstanding Marketing Student, AMA Collegiate President, Honors Graduate

1986

Stanford University

AMA Management Program while VP Product Development at Recognition Equipment Dallas

 Vision Setting    Analytics  Team Building    Brainstorming 
Influencing 
  Promoting   Writing Innovation  Start-Ups  Driving Results

Metrics Development   Sales Management     Fundraising 

Interests

I believe my God-given purpose is to give to others and the Building Better Lives foundation is one example. I enjoy spending time with my family of 11 siblings, four beautiful children and their awesome spouses and 14 grand or great grandchildren.  I love

golfing, traveling, watching sports, horse racing, wine and an occasional bourbon. When not relaxing I am consumed with innovation and thinking of the next idea which I enjoy the thrill of executing and implementing as much as dreaming.