Paul Beck - A Character With Character
...because interesting people are more fun to work with
To understand me is to understand my roots, which are deep in the western United States - more specifically the Wasatch Front of Utah. I am living proof that you can take the boy out of the west but you cannot take the west out of the boy. I am as comfortable in full cowboy garb on top of a finely trained quarter horse high in the Uinta Mountains some thirty miles from the nearest paved highway as I am in a board room in corporate America. My passion for business started early when I was named a Sterling Scholar in business in high school followed by four quick years at the Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah earning both a BS in Marketing and an MBA. From there I was on to P&G where, for 31 years, I was blessed to travel the world and work on every business we had other than institutional chemicals (my good friend and fellow Kalypsonian Mike Friedman did the institutional chemicals stint - so between us we covered them all). I am elated to be back at Kalypso after a three year hiatus in Phoenix, Arizona doing volunteer work and am excited to help grow Kalypso and all Kalypsonians by implementing my personal mantra of, “If it is to be it is up to me!”
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Perfect happiness is knowing that you are making a difference in someone else’s life in a meaningful way that helps them to grow and be all they can be. This is true for me at home, at work and in every facet of my life. To be serving others and helping them develop their full potential is true happiness.
What is your favorite way to spend your time?
Being surrounded by my wife, children and grandchildren or to be high in the Rockies on horseback, on skis or with fly rod in hand.
Who are your heroes in real life?
My heroes are my mother and my wife - they both chose to direct their families in a way that has caused everyone around them to be better people and to focus themselves outward toward helping others.
If you were a fried food item (think state fair), which fried food item would you be and why?
Fried Chucker because it is unique, most flavorful and a rare commodity.
When was a time you were most embarrassed?
When I showed up at church wearing my Boy Scout uniform, thinking it was Scout Sunday, only to find out I was a week early. My mom would not let me go home to change!