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Paul Downs  

Founder of Paul Downs Cabinetmakers & Author of "Boss Life: Surviving My Own Small Business"

Paul Downs started making custom furniture in 1986, after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in engineering. Mr. Downs has only one line on his résumé, but he has a wide variety of skills gained in 30 years of running his business. His clients range from individuals and small businesses to Fortune 500 companies, all branches of the military, and foreign governments. His company employs 17 superb craftsmen, producing all of their work in a 35,000 square foot shop in Bridgeport, Pennsylvania.

Mr. Downs started his writing career in The New York Times’ You’re The Boss blog, and is the author of Boss Life: Surviving My Own Small Business, published in 2015 by Blue Rider Press. He currently blogs on

Mr. Downs is married, has three sons, and lives in Philadelphia. For relaxation, he rides his bike, plays soccer, makes music, and mulls over his ideas for his next book.

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