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Dec 30, 2013

Board of Directors Member Spotlight – Chad Paulson

Chad Paulson, General Counsel at Blount International, has been a member of the Janus Board of Directors since 2005. Chad served as Board President from 2011-2012 and is currently on both the Executive and Advancement committees.

Tell us about your professional background.

I started as a commercial litigation Associate at Miller Nash in 1998. I moved to an in house position with PacifiCorp in 2003 and joined my current employer, Blount, in 2006. Prior to Blount, my practice was primarily litigation and dispute resolution involving personal injury, employment and contracts along with real property issues (including environmental) and anything else that would come up. With Blount, in addition to the previous, I am involved in Merger and Acquisition work, contract and transaction negotiation and drafting, regulatory and compliance efforts and handling the day to day legal business of a publically traded company.

Are you a native Oregonian? If not, what brought you to the Pacific Northwest? 

Technically I am not a native. I was born in Michigan but moved to Bend, Oregon (where I grew up) when I was three years old. My dad, was drawn to Oregon because he was an avid outdoorsmen.

Why do you feel it’s important to invest in your community?

Our communities shape our world. I was given a tremendous amount by the community I grew up in and am obligated to return the favor. There are a number of young people who are being hurt more than helped by their community, which may change if we create better communities.

Are you involved with any other organizations other than Janus?

Janus is by far my biggest commitment, especially right now. I have been involved in the Multnomah Athletic Club’s ethnic diversity program and been active with Freshwater Trust in limited aspects. I have the desire, but not the time currently, to become more active in organizations such as Exceed (provides vocational and professional services development for people with disabilities) and Marathon Education Partners (partners caring adults with talented low-income children to make the dream of college into a reality).

What originally inspired you to join the Janus board? 

Like many, I am sure, I attended a Janus event (mine was a charity golf event) and heard Dennis Morrow passionately speaking about Janus. Shortly thereafter, I was recruited by a coworker at PacifiCorp who was on the Board and I have been a Board member ever since.

What do you hope to accomplish by serving as a Janus board member? 

I am not sure what I can truly accomplish as a Board Member. I can only support Janus and those that provide the services to youth. I can support the organization with donating some time and money, but the real difference is made by those who create and run the programs, teaching young people their true value and providing them with opportunities for success.

Why Janus?

Janus provides services that touch the most at-risk and vulnerable youths. Janus provides an alternative to current government run systems that may not be designed to educate or rehabilitate the youth for a successful return to a productive life in society.

What extra-curricular activities do you enjoy when not working or volunteering?

My primary activity outside of work is golf.


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