Meet Paul Bourgeois. Paul is a part-time jurisdictional inspector in the southeast region, but his consistent dedication to BPC won him the July president’s award. Paul was also recently re-appointed to the Alabama Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessels, where he will provide direction for public safety. We’re grateful for his leadership, work ethic and willingness to help however he’s needed.
Read on to get to know Paul better!
BPC: What is your role at BPC and how long have you been working here?
I’ve been with BPC for two years, and I’m a senior risk control consultant. My job consists of working and mentoring younger inspectors when we’re working on larger plants. I’ve handled a lot with Georgia Pacific and CO2 stuff, mostly in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee.
BPC: What did you do before you came to BPC?
I started my career straight out of high school as a licensed Marine engineer on ships and did so for three years, sailing Coastwise tankers. In order to start a family, I left and became a boiler inspector with an insurance company and stayed with it my whole career of 47 years.
BPC: What do you enjoy most about working at BPC?
I enjoy the challenges of teaching these young guys about the paper mill industry – what takes place and how it works. It’s rewarding watching these men grow into good inspectors.
BPC: What do you think sets BPC apart from your competitors?
BPC is a great company that really grows, develops, and invests in people. We do things the right way!
BPC: Tell us about your family and life outside of work.
I live on sixteen acres of land and spend most of my time there or volunteering with my church in a program called Care Construction, which provides free home repair work. I also teach a class every Friday morning at a juvenile detention center, mentoring young men there.
My wife Shirley and I moved to Tuscaloosa from Houston and have four kids and five grandchildren. A fun fact about us is that we’re big Alabama, Crimson Tide fans.
Thank you, Paul, for the great work you do. We’re glad to have you on our team!