Chairman & Co-Founder
Paul has a diversified professional background that includes senior financial and administrative experience, television operations, event and sports marketing and cable television marketing and sales. As chairman, Paul provides strategic business and financial leadership to Hope-Beckham and its clients.
Paul’s experience includes president of Turner Broadcasting System Inc., Atlanta, where he was actively involved with the acquisition and creation of the Superstation, the Atlanta Braves, the Atlanta Hawks, CNN, Goodwill Games, MGM and Turner Network Television.
In 1990, Paul was selected by Ted Turner to manage the Goodwill Games in Seattle, Washington. This Olympic-class event was staged over a 16-day period and involved 1,500 athletes from around the world. He also served as president of Private Networks Inc., the wholly owned subsidiary of TBS responsible for developing non-traditional television opportunities, such as the Airport Channel.
Hope-Beckham was formed when Paul and Bob purchased the events division of Whittle Communication LP of Knoxville, Tennessee. Included in the purchase was the Colorado Silver Bullets, sponsored by Coors Brewing Company. Paul served as chairman of the board for the women’s team, and his off-field contributions helped to gain national recognition for superior marketing and promotional efforts.
Paul is a member of the Young Harris College board of trustees and served as its chairman from 2000 to 2008. He is chairman of the board of the Technical College System of Georgia Foundation, on the board of advisors for the Emory Center for Ethics, a member of the board of directors for Northside Bank in Adairsville, Ga. and a member of Investments Unlimited LLC. He also serves on the finance and building committees of Peachtree Road United Methodist Church and is active in various charitable and community organizations.