Paul retired in 2002 after a 36 year career in law, commercial banking and consulting in the Southeastern U.S. During his years in private practice with a major Atlanta law firm, Paul helped rewrite the Georgia Securities Law and served in leadership positions with both the Georgia and American Bar Associations. Following this, he held a range of executive positions, including General Counsel, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Executive Officer, with two leading Southeastern Banks (Wachovia Bank, which since merged with Wells Fargo Bank, and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta). His activities during this 23 year period included helping negotiate the country's first interstate banking laws and co-founding the Georgia Affordable Housing Corporation. While in Atlanta, he also served as an Officer and Board member with several community organizations including Atlanta's Midtown Alliance, the Atlanta Botanical Garden, and the Southeastern Flower Show, which he and his wife helped found, as well as with a number of educational institution boards. Paul spent his final three years of work as a consultant to financial institutions and a Board member of Enterprise Social Investment Corporation (now Enterprise Community Corp.) one of America's leading affordable housing finance agencies.
In 1997, Paul and his wife, Ann, built their primary home in Stanley, Idaho where they now spend half the year; the rest of the year they live in Ashland, Oregon. Since retiring, Paul's remained active in community organizations in both Stanley and Ashland, with particular emphasis on environmental and educational issues. In Stanley, he serves as President of the Sawtooth Society, the leading non-profit advocate for Idaho's 756,000-acre Sawtooth National Recreation Area, as Treasurer of the Sawtooth Interpretive & Historical Association, and as financial advisor to the Stanley Library and the Sawtooth Valley Rural Fire Department. In Ashland, he has served as an Officer and Director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Ashland Family YMCA, and as a Trustee of the Southern Oregon Land Conservancy. Paul and Ann love hiking, whitewater rafting, and fishing, which they have pursued in many countries, as well as a number of other outdoor activities. Paul is a graduate of Williams College and Columbia University School of Law.