In 1982 Paul started his oilfield career as roustabout and roughneck on a Scandrill barge rig prior to attending Houston Baptist University. In 1995 Paul spent 2 years as Operations Manager for a small independent shipping company, traveling extensively in the Middle East, India, and South America.
He returned to Scandrill in 1997 as Marketing Manager. Later, he became Vice-President of Health, Safety, and Environment and stayed in that position until he became President and Chief Operating Officer in January 2014. Paul is an IADC Executive.