Prior to forming DTB Associates, Paul was Special Assistant to the Secretary of Agriculture for International Affairs, serving in that capacity for over three years. As personal advisor to the Secretary, Paul was involved in numerous bilateral and multilateral consultations and negotiations involving agricultural trade issues in every region of the world. He represented the Department on behalf of the Secretary in high-level interagency meetings to formulate U.S. trade policy, and coordinated policy-level groups to develop strategies for resolving trade disputes with foreign countries.
Before joining the Secretary's staff, Paul served as Director of Governmental Relations for the American Farm Bureau Federation. With the Farm Bureau from 1985 to 1995, he specialized in international affairs and legislative issues affecting U.S. agricultural trade.
Paul began his career with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service, serving fourteen years as a trade policy and marketing specialist. During that time, he represented the United States as a member of the U.S. delegation to the Tokyo Round of GATT multilateral trade negotiations in Geneva from 1975 to 1979 and as Agricultural Attaché at the U.S. embassy in Mexico City from 1979 to 1981.