Paul Griffin and his family moved to the North Texas area
from Houston, Texas in 1996. In 2005, they
became residents of Desoto, Texas after leaving Plano.
As a Business Development leader, for the past 25 years,
Paul’s work across the United States with school districts and his affiliation
with community service and industry professional organizations, he has been
able to connect with key education and business leaders while experiencing the
school and business climate of major cities across the country.
Paul began his career working in the institutional
foodservice industry in sales representing two leading food manufacturers,
General Foods Corp. (now Kraft Foods) and Hunt Wesson Foods (now Conagra Foods).
His targeted market segments were school
districts, restaurants, colleges/universities, hotels, hospitals, fast food
chains and sports arenas. In 1989, his work transitioned into the education
industry accepting positions at Texas Southern University (Instructor/Co-Principal
Investigator), The University of Texas Health Science Center (Nutritionist),
and Texas A&M University (Manager of the Expanded Nutrition Program under
the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture), before being recruited in 1995 to join textbook
giant, Houghton Mifflin as a Sales Representative.
After 22 years with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, he retired in
2017, as Vice President of National Strategic Relationships. Also in 2017, he joined Lexia Learning, a
Rosetta Stone company as the Head of National Partnerships. Both (Lexia
Learning and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) are global education companies with a primary
focus on advancing literacy attainment.
Paul enjoys life memberships in the following organizations:
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., (32nd International President–2005-2009);
National Alliance of Black School Educators; and the NAACP.
Paul served on the Board of Directors of several community
service organizations such as the Neighborhood Centers, Inc., Acres Home
Community Development Corporation, and SHAPE Community Center. He also served
on the Advisory Board of the National League Cities, and the Institute for
Youth, Education and Families.
Paul holds an M.A. Degree in Foods and Nutrition
and a B.S. Degree in Dietetics, both from Texas Southern University. He is married
to Belinda Marks Griffin, and they have 2 adult daughters