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Team Testimonial - Paul Clark

Devon Smith
Devon Smith
Last updated: June 3, 2024
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Paul Clark grew up in Skegness in Lincolnshire, England - possibly the greatest seaside resort in the world. (Editor's note: It is not.)

Paul somehow used his Masters Degree in Medieval History to land an investment banking position at NM Rothschild and then an private equity investing position at BC Partners in London and New York. Both of those institutions still exist despite Paul's contributions.

In 2010, he relocated to South Carolina for his wife’s job. After he moved to Greenville, he began a career in banking. In 2013, the bank Paul was working for planned to become a sponsor for VentureSouth UCAN. Before the plan could be executed, the bank went out of business. (Not just because of the pennies on the ceiling.)

Undeterred, Paul still wanted to work with Matt Dunbar and Charlie Banks, so they joined forces to co-found VentureSouth.

Paul finds it hard to pick one favorite part of his job. He likes it when the portfolio companies get acquired because that generates positive returns for VentureSouth investors. For the entrepreneurs, they get to see the culmination of hard work generating great results for everybody. Along the way, Paul enjoys seeing management teams develop and mature, grapple with problems, solve them, move on to the next one, and grow their companies. Paul finds it very fulfilling to be able to help in that process. 

In his free time, Paul likes to go camping with his family. (Editor's note: This is not true.) They also spend a lot of time traveling to England to see family and friends.