A native North Dakotan, Paul grew up in Rugby and Jamestown, ND. He graduated from Jamestown High School and went on to attend Pacific Lutheran University. He also studied one year abroad at the University of Vienna. Paul spent 28 years in the venue management business, running the Jamestown Civic Center, the Bismarck Civic Center and the Fargodome. He earned his real estate license and started working at Cityscapes Development in 2004. Paul was the 2009 president of the Dakota Chapter CCIM of Fargo Moorhead Commercial Realtors.
Paul and his wife Jan have three children. Paul and Jan love to attend NDSU football games, spend time with their grandchildren and relax at their lake home.