Paul grew up in a small town on the plains of North Dakota and gradually moved East to pursue educational and career goals. He received a BS in Business from the University of Minnesota and an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. He was awarded his Chartered Financial Analyst charter in 1994.
In 1990 Paul began his private equity investment career at the pension fund of AT&T where he had the opportunity to work with Tom Judge, one of the true luminaries in institutional private equity investing. As Vice President, Venture Capital, of AT&T Investment Management, he managed a portfolio representing commitments of nearly $2 billion of domestic and international venture capital and private equity partnerships and direct investments.
Paul continued investing on behalf of institutions, taking the point in venture capital investing at a fund-of-funds in Bartlesville, Oklahoma in 1998 where he was to meet his future partners in Spur Capital.
Over the years, Paul has participated on more than a dozen advisory boards of private equity firms and overseen investments in more than 190 individual partnerships for over 90 private equity firms in the United States, Europe, Southeast Asia and Israel.
Paul is married with one daughter and son and lives in Oklahoma. He enjoys the outdoors, hiking, photography and travel.
“Capital is fungible, but talent is not. We are looking for venture capitalists who can add real value to their companies.”