Mr. Paul is Managing Director at Academy overseeing the Public Finance Group in Academy’s Chicago office. Mr. Paul joined Academy from Blaylock Robert Van after spending more than 30 years as a Chicago-based public finance banker. Over the course of his career he established and developed public finance offices for several firms. Mr. Paul has senior level experience in managing deals for every major Chicago area issuer as well as the States of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, Missouri, Kansas, Kentucky and Michigan. He has completed more than 450 separate transactions as a managing underwriter raising more than $60 billion for state and local government issuers primarily in the Midwestern region. He has led public finance efforts in Chicago for a number of firms including Prudential Securities, Jeffries (formerly First Albany), Principal Securities and Rodman & Renshaw. He began his career at First Chicago bank (now JP Morgan).Mr. Paul graduated from Wabash College with a concentration in Political Science and received an MBA from the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management with a concentration in Finance and Marketing. Mr. Paul currently serves on the Illinois Local Government Advisory Commission for the Illinois State Comptroller. He is also on the Board of Governors for the City Club of Chicago. Mr. Paul holds FINRA Series 7, 53 and 63 licenses.