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
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
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
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).
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
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.
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.
activities do you enjoy when not working or volunteering?
primary activity outside of work is golf.