A marketer at heart, Paul has managed to overcome the challenges of linear thinking from his Electrical Engineering background, to blend technology, sales and marketing into one. With focus on ‘getting things done’, Paul has held a varied number of positions, all bound by the common thread of selling and marketing. Paul is current the CEO of RedStores.com – a niche ecommerce business that currently operates Pearls Only and SilverDevotion sites. With now nearly 100,000 customers in the US, UK and over $10MM in sales to date –organically grown with an initial investment of $2000 – Paul has proven that there is no limits to what one can do.
Prior to PearlsOnly, Paul held number of varied positions, notably, as a Senior Account Executive at Telvant, in Calgary, Canada. Focusing on long term, long lead sales, over the period of 4 years; Paul was directly responsible for the strategy, pursuit, proposal and negotiation of over 15 large scale pipeline automation projects – with the combined value of over $40MM USD. Assembling multi discipline teams from within Telvant ranging from R&D staff, to C level executives, Paul would relentlessly battles against competitors – constantly crisscrossing the US – often waking up and not remembering what city he was in on a given day.
While at Telvant, Paul was recruited by ABB and relocated to Manheim, Germany – to take up the post of Director, Global Pipeline Solution Unit. At ABB Paul was responsible for looking after the marketing and sales of ABB’s Pipelines solutions globally, directing a team of professionals across the globe, include a Chinese section. Relocating to Europe was an amazing experience, and exploring Europe from within Europe was a highlight – especially the ability to cruise on the Autobahn at 250km without the threat of a ticket. However, professionally, shortly after arriving in Germany, Paul has come to realize that the climbing the corporate ladder, in Germany, although financially rewarding, wasn’t very good for the soul. When an opportunity presented itself to relocate to ABB in China – Paul took the leap. However despite the move, the strong desire to hold ones destiny in ones hand persisted, and when the opportunity presented itself, Paul resigned his position with ABB to start PearlsOnly.
Paul holds a B.SC in Engineering with Computer Minor, and has completed a number of post-graduate courses in digital filter theory. In his spare time, Paul’s like to play with the latest and greatest electronic gadgets, likes to read marketing, psychology and business books – and enjoys reading science fiction novels. Paul has a beautiful 8 year old daughter who usually beats him at Monopoly.
Paul was born in Krakow, Poland, on January 26, 1969 and was the only child to George and Helena Lepa. At that time, Poland was behind the iron curtain with little opportunity for advancement. Born to a Canadian father and a Polish mother, Paul became a Canadian right upon birth.
In 1981, Paul’s father, George Lepa, went to Canada to work, with the plan of making money in Canada and returning back to Poland. In 1982, Paul and his mother, Helena Lepa went to visit Canada with the full intention of returning back to Poland after a 2 month holiday. However those plans where foiled when marshal law was declared in Poland and the political situation deteriorated. As a result, the family decided to remain in Canada, essentially immigrating to Canada with only one suitcase each.
At present, Paul spends his time between Calgary, Canada and Beijing, China. He has one daughter, Alexandra, born on March 19, 2001, from his earlier marriage to Lise Marie Lepa (married from 1986 to 2011).