Paul Doyle

Operating Partner

Paul Doyle is an Operating Partner at Blackford Capital. Paul brings with him more than 30 years of diverse business experience, including 20 years as a CEO leading manufacturing and leadership development companies. Paul has been active in North America with companies ranging from $20 million to $300 million in revenue. Paul began his career with GHSP, Inc., spending 15 years with the metal forming company.


Paul’s passion is for leader and leadership development and in 2013 he started LeaderWork, a consulting firm whose purpose is to prepare leaders for the tasks of leadership; to prevent the frustrations and failures that come from incomplete preparation and development.  He has developed a 12-month program offered through Grand Valley State University called What Leaders Do to help leaders develop a foundational understanding of their role.


While at GHSP as VP of Sales and Marketing and President / CEO Doyle built and lead the executive team that successfully navigated the recession while at the same time completing the transformation of GHSP from a metal forming business to a market focused mechatronic business.  He led the transformation of the sales and marketing processes at GHSP and in seven years the team more than doubled top line growth and secured booked business that is forecasted to quadruple the size of the business by 2017. During this time of rapid growth GHSP achieved all time high profits in his last two years.  GHSP from 600 employees in North America to 1600 employees in the U.S., MX, China, Japan, and Germany.  In 2103 GHSP achieved all time high scores on their internal employee satisfaction survey.


At Donnelly, and later at GHSP, he developed deep expertise in combining vision and strategic planning, team analytics, objective-driven business planning and performance-based compensation systems to create exceptionally high performing organizations and teams.


Paul is a published book author (GainManagement, AMACOM) and magazine contributor on management topics including leadership and strategic planning.  He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s degree from West Virginia University. He is also a graduate of the Notre Dame Program in Executive Management.

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