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Paul Courtney: Man of success

Paul Courtney was born and raised in Barstow — a true product of the Barstow educational system. He played youth football, high school ball, wrestled, played the trumpet and the “big/oldest” of six kids of William “Bill” and Louise Courtney. Being the oldest of six kids was also a job in itself. He was expected to set the highest standard(s) for all his brothers and sisters and his Mom and Dad always emphasized that “failure was not an option”. He got his first job at 13 working at Steak Eaters, his second job at 15 cooking at Denny’s, and at 16, worked as a clerk and cashier at Alpha Beta where he worked until he was twenty, then living in Huntington Beach and going to Golden West College. After completing 94 college credits, he put himself through the police academy in 1982. He finished high school in 1979 and was recruited to play football at Golden West College in Huntington Beach. “I guess you can say I was a pretty good ball player”. His talents got him from the desert to the beach. While living in Huntington, he met lots of smart people working “very smart” and being rewarded with lots of money. He lived in Orange County for over fifteen years, before moving back up to the High Desert a few years ago. While living in Orange County he started a Security Company of which he sold in 1993. He worked as a Police Officer Trainee for Seal Beach PD, working as a Level 1 Deputy Sheriff Reserve from 1982 to 1987. He even worked a security detail in the 1984 US Olympic Games. He started PACE Janitorial Services in Barstow in 1986. He now operates PACE along with a few other “adventures” for over the past 27 years   and now he is preparing to start a second career. In fall 2010, he went back to school, first to Barstow Community College to complete two prerequisite classes and on to Cambridge College in Ontario where he earned a BA/Bachelors Degree in developmental Psychology, and is currently a full time grad student at Cambridge College, earning a Masters Degree in Management, with a concentration in Developmental Leadership and Organizational Dynamics,. He will finish in the fall of next year and will be putting his newly developed and intellectual academic skills to work.

Q: Tell us about a special mentor. Who is someone who had a big influence on your work life?
A:  My mother and father.

Q: What’s the best part of your work?
A:  I truly make a difference in improving the quality of individual lives, one at a time.

Q: What are the top three issues facing the Barstow business community and what is your take on them?
A: Lack of an “overall” educated work force living within a 25 mile radius. Some in the business community “fear” competition and have successfully been able to stop the creation of quality competition. I can not think of anything else.

Q: What do you look for in a prospective employee?
A: Clear eyes, eye contact, a smile and a clean drug test.

Q: Tell us about some of your mottos — sayings that have been effective?
A:  Failure is not an option, and be committed to the commitment.

Q: How have you managed to survive in this tough economy?
A: It is very tough, just one day at a time.

Q: What’s your best advice for someone contemplating going into business?
A:  Be prepared to work harder and smarter that you ever imagined.

Q: Do you have a favorite book on business?
A:  The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven Covey

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to say, anything you’d like to get off your chest?
A:  Just keep the faith  . . . tomorrow is going to come whether  you like it or not!

Q: How can readers get a hold of you?
A: I am relatively easy to get a hold of, just leave me a message and I will get back to you.

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