Since 2014 Paul has served as Executive Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Farmland Partners. He also is the president of American Agriculture Corporation and Pittman Hough Farms LLC. Prior to his current roles he served in several leadership positions with Jazz Technologies, Inc., a semiconductor foundry. In the mid-2000’s Paul was a Partner and Head of Mergers & Acquisitions at ThinkEquity Partners LLC. From 2000-2003, he served as the President, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer of HomeSphere, Inc., an enterprise software company, and TheJobsite.com, which merged into HomeSphere.
Before TheJobsite.com, he worked in senior investment banking roles for ten years at Merrill Lynch & Co., and prior to that with Wasserstein Perella Co. From 1997 to 2000, he served as Head of Emerging Markets M&A at Merrill Lynch in London, where he was responsible for origination and execution of all M&A business in the region (Eastern Europe, the Middle East, the Former Soviet Union and Africa). Prior to Merrill Lynch & Co., he served as Director of M&A at Wasserstein Perella & Co. in New York and London. Paul began his career at Sullivan & Cromwell as an Associate in Mergers and Acquisitions.
Paul has been involved with the residential construction industry for more than 20 years as both a developer and builder and has also served as the general contractor and developer of several condominium and custom home projects. Paul graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.S. degree in Agriculture, received a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University, and a J.D. with Honors from the University of Chicago Law School.