ABOUT OUR FOUNDER
PAUL A. WILLAX
"Experience is the best teacher; shared experience is the best education"
Paul Willax is an experienced, award-winning journalist who “has walked the walk” in businesses both large and small. Presently Chairman of the Center for Business Ownership Inc. and Electromedia Technologies LLC, he is an experienced entrepreneur, business owner, corporate executive, and educator.
During the past five decades, Dr. Willax has mixed wit with wisdom in thousands of articles, columns, and presentations for business owners and managers around the world. As an award-winning newspaper and broadcast journalist, a Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship, a member of MENSA, and a seasoned radio and television personality, he knows how to turn on and inspire his audiences with need-to-know information and actionable advice.
He’s “gone for the gold” in everything he’s done, advancing from bank teller to CEO of the tenth largest savings bank in America, which was voted one of the “most innovative in the world”... from owner of the century-old Kazoo Co. – a small business with less than $1 million in sales – to founder of Ingram Micro, a global software distribution company that grew from scratch to $35 billion in sales... from teaching assistant to Professor of Management... from student reporter to newspaper owner and award-winning, nationally-syndicated journalist... from ham radio operator to prize-winning broadcast reporter and co-owner of two radio stations... from door-to-door salesman to top man in over two dozen successful corporations... from book-worm to author of dozens of acclaimed books… from Private to Major General in the military… from Director of Research to Chairman of the Board of one the largest Chambers of Commerce in the nation.
Dr. Willax has owned and operated successful businesses in a wide variety of industries, including retail, automotive, publishing, broadcasting, computer technology, real estate, securities brokerage, banking, insurance, audio and video production, and digital communication.
He has been included on Forbes listing of “The Eight Hundred Most Powerful People in Corporate America.”