Paul is Chairman of DeBruce Companies, a single family office managing a diverse portfolio of private equity and other asset class investments across a broad range of industries, including biotech, energy, manufacturing, technology and real estate. The portfolio is designed to support the long term objectives of the DeBruce Foundation, where Paul serves as Chairman. Founded in 1989, the Foundation focuses on initiatives to expand opportunities for individuals and serves as a catalyst for innovative projects to solve problems faced by the Kansas City community and our country.
Paul is a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. He also remains active in other charitable and philanthropic initiatives, with a particular focus on education and the arts.
DeBruce Grain, Inc. was founded by Paul in 1978 and he served as its Chairman and CEO for over 30 years. DeBruce Grain and its affiliated companies became an industry-leading, multinational agricultural and grain-trading, storage and processing firm with over $6 billion in annual revenues and 75 locations in North and Central America. The company was sold to Gavilon in late 2010.
Paul is a former Director and Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City (one of twelve Federal Reserve Banks in the United States). He has served on various trade and industry boards and committees, including National Grain and Feed Association, Burlington Northern Sante Fe Railway (BNSF) Customer Advisory Board, Kansas City Board of Trade, and Terminal Grain Elevator Merchants Association.