In 1982 Paul started his oilfield career as roustabout and roughneck on the Scandril, a posted barge rig prior to attending Houston Baptist University (BBA). 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 Committee and North American Onshore Advisory Panel Member.