Paul Edward is the first of eleven children born to John and Barbara Backscheider of Milan, Indiana. Growing up in Cincinnati, Paul was educated primarily at home until attending Purdue University in 1997. He pursued a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering and management while Co-oping with Marathon Ashland in Minnesota. He graduated from Purdue in 2001 and held various thermal process engineering positions with IBM in both Vermont and New York from 2001-2005. In 2005 Paul pursued a Masters of Business Administration at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. His studies took him to China, Texas, and Barcelona where he completed his degree at IESE cum laude.
Paul began working for General Electric in summer of 2007 as part of their Experience Commercial Leadership Program. He completed this program in 2009 after job rotations in Schenectady, Cincinnati, Atlanta, and Salzbergen Germany. He currently works as a Technical Solutions Director in southeast Asia where he collaborates with customers and internal stakeholders to establish strategy and create product roadmaps for distribution automation and real-time operational platforms.