Paul’s primary focus is providing life transformation opportunities for underserved youth (foster youth, orphans, impoverished). Paul established FOR GOOD. with the intention of harnessing the power of exceptional art to inspire hope, compel action and ignite lasting impact.
Paul is an Executive Producer of Mully, the inspiring true story of Charles Mully. “Mully” was abandoned and homeless at the age of 6. He rose up to become a millionaire entrepreneur only to then give it all away to rescue street children. Over the past 28 years he and his wife Esther have rescued over 12,000 orphans, creating the world’s largest family. Mully was the #6 top grossing documentary in the box office in the USA in 2017 and was the #1 attended film per-screen on the final day of its theatrical debut in October 2017.
Paul is the Executive Producer of The Hunting Ground, an expose on the epidemic of sexual assaults on college campuses. He also Executive Produced Lady Gaga’s “Til It Happens to You” a Grammy, Oscar nominated and Emmy winning original song written by Lady Gaga and Diane Warren for “The Hunting Ground.” The accompanying music video has more than 42 million views. Additionally, Paul is an Executive Producer of the heartwarming, inspirational animal rescue documentary “Harry & Snowman.”
In his prior career as a financier, Paul served as an investment banker with Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, the President of First Mercury Financial Corporation, a publicly traded insurance company, and co-founded and managed a private investment partnership, PWB Value Partners, L.P. His partnership began in 1995 with three investors and $3.2 million under management. Over 14 years, the business grew to more than 80 investors and approximately $2.0 billion, consistently outperforming the S&P 500 Index, net of all fees and expenses.
Paul and Amy, his wife of 26 years, have immersed themselves in the following programs:
Paul and Amy are the proud founders of the Blavin Scholars Programs at the University of Michigan and Northern Arizona University which presently support 50 youth who have experienced foster care to achieve their dreams of a post-secondary education and a better life. The Blavin Scholars Programs have celebrated 30 graduates to date with a graduation rate of approximately 95%. The Blavins’ goal is to support 100 Blavin Scholars on an annual basis.
They are also founders of The Teen Project’s Freehab Program. Freehab is a free residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation center with up to 100 transition age women in residence. In the latter parts of their residency, each client is provided high-quality vocational training to enable them to gain employment and establish successful careers.
Paul is on the Board of Directors of the Noonan/South Central Scholars, a comprehensive college preparatory program focused on the most ambitious students (poor and almost all of color) in the lowest performing public schools in LA and Boston and placing them in the most elite colleges and universities in the USA.
Paul also serves on the Board of Directors of The Anti-Recidivism Coalition, providing wraparound support and career services for men and women recently released from incarceration and criminal justice reform advocacy.
Through global distribution of “Mully” Paul and Amy are shining a bright light on Mully Children’s Family, a self-sustainable non-profit, empowering life transformation opportunities for abandoned children/orphans and child mothers in Africa.
Paul was born and raised in Southfield Michigan just outside of Detroit. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa with High Distinction from the University of Michigan School of Business and earned an MBA at Harvard Business School.