Paul Grossman offers over 30 years’ experience in economic development at both the state and local level in Virginia, South Carolina and Arizona. His work has taken place in both public and private organizations, and in more than 30 countries.
Most recently, Paul served as Vice President of International Trade for the State of Virginia, where he was responsible for the global promotion of Virginia products and services, managing a staff of 20 and a $7 million budget. Under his guidance, Virginia’s international trade programs received national acclaim, including the nation’s highest export award, the President’s E-Star Award. By serving 320+ companies enrolled annually in Virginia’s trade programs, over $650 million in annual export sales were generated for programs managed by Paul. More than 1,000 companies traveled overseas to conduct business during the course of his leadership. The Virginia Leaders in Export Trade (VALET) Program created by Paul won three national awards for innovation, and is unique among U.S. state trade development programs. He initiated the nation’s first “Going Global Defense Initiative” designed to find international markets for Virginia’s defense-related companies. Paul served as Virginia’s spokesperson for international trade and led development of the state’s international trade policy.
Paul also managed Virginia’s international business attraction (FDI) program for 6 years. During his tenure, an impressive list of marquee companies established business facilities in the state, resulting in $3.8 billion in capital investment and the creation of 15,425 jobs in Virginia. He doubled the state’s international business attraction footprint by opening offices in China, India and the UK and initiated the “Virginia International Investor’s Forum.”
Working at the local level in South Carolina, Paul developed Orangeburg County’s new $10 million, 250 acre, Class A industrial park, and rejuvenated the program to lead all rural South Carolina counties in capital investment and job creation during his tenure.
Paul received a Master’s degree from the Thunderbird School of Global Management (Arizona), and has lived and traveled extensively internationally. He is an active member of Second Baptist Church, where he serves on the Board of Directors and as Chairman of Missions Council. Paul and his wife, Jan, have two grown children – Jared and Paige.