Paul Claybrook was born and raised in Kennewick, WA where he now lives. The first of five children, his father worked very hard at a job he hated (and still works at and still hates) while mom drove kids around, cooked dinner, and sometimes even got the house clean. She always encouraged the children to excel in academics although Paul seemed to be the most interested in the task. Nonetheless it took him some time to get his AA in general studies from Spokane Community College in 2001, his BS in mathematics and chemistry from Washington State University in 2004, and then later his MBA from City University in 2010. In fact, he is still the only one in his immediate family to graduate from college (although his mother did get an AA in nursing in 2003). His quest for an MBA came while he was working as a store manager for a large company that has hundreds of stores in various malls across the country. When he started with the company it was a great place to work for (aside from the fact that it was still retail). That all changed when the top dog in the company decided the company was too successful (sarcasm), so he fired the VP and sales manager and replaced them with imbeciles from other companies that both were in bankruptcy (yes, research did verify that they were the main reason those companies went under). Anyway, they fired a bunch of great leadership, threatened everyone else, removed customer incentives, and pretty much ticked off every customer and employee associated with the company. As the stock price plummeted, it was difficult to not realize that these morons were raking in millions in salaries and stock options while the 'peons' were sweating over their jobs, hating them, but hoping they weren't the next ones on the chopping block. He also realized that not only were his dreams of moving up destroyed, but his desire to stay with the company had flat-lined. He already knew he was smarter than his bosses, but even smarter than the clowns that were wrecking the company. So he decided to get an MBA so he could also get paid millions to ruin companies. Actually, he wanted to have the chance to be a bigger part of helping a company succeed (and of course get paid good money to do so). Now he is helping build a law firm in Washington State and he loves every minute of it. The moral of the story is that he got his MBA, got a great job, and now life is far better than the pre-masters peon status that he formerly enjoyed.