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Paul Naoum, 29

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Job: Co-Founder and Lead Instructor at Alexander Paul Institute of Hair Design

I’m the co-founder and lead instructor at Alexander Paul Institute of Hair Design, a school for Cosmetology and Esthetics here in Greenville. I co-founded the school in 2009, and our mission is to improve the lives and opportunities of people seeking professional careers in the beauty industry. Since opening, we’ve enrolled over 200 students with industry-leading licensure, job placement, and graduation rates, and been honored with national Excellence in Education awards for five years in a row.

Why: Teaching is my passion. I love being able to work with students from the very beginning of their new careers and watch them grow their skills, learn, graduate, and earn success. I also love the beauty industry because it gives you the ability to be creative, work with all kinds of people, and change the way they feel about themselves.

What are some things you are passionate about: Other than teaching, I love the outdoors, and I love traveling. I try to travel to as many new places as I can because life’s too short to stay in one place.

Why you think what you do is impactful/important: Careers in beauty allow people to be in charge of their own success, and many people even go on to become employers themselves. Jobs in beauty are projected to grow at a rate faster than the job market as a whole, and our industry also employs women and minorities at a higher rate than the overall job market. The beauty industry represents opportunity and empowerment for a lot of people, and I’m proud to be a part of it.

Anything else you'd like to share about yourself: When I’m not teaching, I also organize an outdoor adventure group called the Greenville Adventure Social Club. It’s a public group for anyone in the area interested in getting outdoors, traveling, and crossing things off the bucket list. We do anything from hiking and kayaking to skydiving and rock climbing, and we also do Dogs and Drinks events where we take donations for the animal shelter.

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