Paul and his wife of 23 years, Magdalena (“Lena”) moved to Natick in 1995 to attend graduate school. After a brief move to Austin, TX for Paul’s job, they bought their first home in Natick in 2002 where they raised two children in the Johnson Elementary School district near Natick Center.
Growing up in Natick, both children, now aged 20 and 18 years, benefitted from Natick’s public schools, local athletics programs and recreational resources. Their son, Noah, a former Natick High School Varsity Baseball co-captain, is now in his junior year at Northeastern University. Their daughter, Ali, a proud veteran of the Natick Comets hockey program is in her first year at Hamilton College.
Most impactful for the whole family has been the relationships with their Natick neighbors and “village,” the lifelong friends established when the kids first attended elementary school and the closeness they’ve maintained with extended family living in, and near to Natick.
Paul is the co-owner of Natick-based coworking and flex office business, Metroworks. He is also the Founder and CEO of Contexed, a strategy consulting and business training firm that helps organizations of all sizes identify and achieve their growth goals.
As a consultant and adjunct faculty member at some area business schools, Paul has enjoyed an eclectic, but interesting, variety of projects spanning his career. Examples of his work range from helping the founders of some now public companies with their initial “go to market” strategies, to connecting Israeli technology companies with North American partners, to teaching in executive education programs across the U.S., in China, Europe, and Saudi Arabia (including what is believed to be the first ever delivery of a business simulation program to a co-ed audience)!
Paul has also worked as a Product Marketing director at two large, local software companies, managing teams and serving as a member of one’s Leadership Council. Notably, Paul worked with senior executives at both organizations as a member of their transition teams, during two substantial acquisitions and mergers.
You can learn more about Paul’s professional and academic background on LinkedIn.
Fun Facts about Paul’s “Hobby”
Growing up with a no love, all hate relationship with running, Paul surprised most of his friends and family in 2005 when he decided to run “a” marathon. To make a long story slightly less long, Paul went from never having run a distance of more than 4-5 miles to completing 3 marathons in 2006, including Austin, Boston, and Victoria, B.C.
Since then, this “recreational marathoner” has completed 26 official marathons, including 13 Boston Marathons – all for various charities, including: the Pine Street Inn, Greater Boston Food Bank, Natick Service Council, and the Alzheimer’s Association of MA/NH. In total, Paul has raised more than $50,000 for these organizations, and he looks forward to completing his next three marathons in 2021 and 2022, hopefully with full crowd support and the pandemic in check from vaccinations and successful mitigation efforts. Paul is currently scheduled to run the Chicago Marathon and the Boston Marathon on October 10th and 11th this fall.
Ironically, he’s still not particularly fond of running, but there’s something about the marathon that keeps him pretending to enjoy it; must be the carb loading!
Paul is a proud member of the Natick Runners Facebook Group, and invites anyone with a casual curiosity about, or obsession with, running to join that amazingly supportive community of local runners and walkers.