British-born Paul Butler served as Regional Finance Director for Hilton and Marriott hotels in Western Europe before coming to America in 2001. He was the Director of Financial and Marketing Services for Hilton Hotels at their global headquarters in Beverly Hills. In early 2006, he started his own staff training and development business here in the US. He and his family are looking forward to becoming citizens in 2016.
What is your teaching philosophy?
I look at the students as business owners and/or senior leaders within a business. I try and relate every concept within financial and management accounting to the real world of business. There's nothing worse than someone teaching business theory without ever having done the job and/or owned a company. I also try where practical to relate every concept to a student's personal finances. My general approach is to really focus on being of service to the students. I show this by being organized; being early; being responsive to emails and grading work promptly. Students often say that I'm "firm but very student-centered" and I believe that's the balance in which they thrive.
What do you enjoy most about teaching at FIDM?
As I keep getting older, the students keep coming in at the same age. My point is that as our age gap widens, that keeps me on my toes. That gap encourages me to stay relevant, stay on top of new teaching methodologies and adapt what I do to their way of learning. I find some methods of teaching are timeless and imperative; others I've adapted as I've been guided by the next generation of students.
Paul Butler is an Outstanding Faculty Award winner, an award given by the student body to outstanding faculty members.