Paul is a disabled Veteran who left the Navy after 14 years in diverse, forward-deployed roles to return to Chicago to accept an executive position in City government. Upon leaving public service, he moved into private enterprise, serving in executive leadership roles in varied industries ranging from aerospace to consumer goods. He is the former Vice Chairman of the International Port Authority and is currently serving on a number of charitable boards and foundations. He is an active member of the Veteran community, primarily as an advocate for Veteran employment.
He holds degrees from the United States Naval Academy and the University of Chicago.