Paul Downs

President/Owner, Paul Downs Cabinetmakers Inc.

Paul Downs started making custom furniture in 1986, after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in engineering. Mr. Downs has only one line on his résumé, but he has a wide variety of skills gained in 32 years of running his business. His clients range from individuals and small businesses to Fortune 500 companies, all branches of the military, and domestic and foreign governments.  His company employs 22 superb craftsmen, producing all of their work in a 35,000 square foot shop in Bridgeport, Pennsylvania.


Mr. Downs is also an accomplished author.  He started his writing career in The New York Times’ “You’re The Boss”blog, and is the author of “Boss Life:  Surviving My Own Small Business”, published in 2015 by Blue Rider Press.


Mr. Downs is an experienced public speaker. He has entertained audiences in numerous talks about his life, his books, and his work, both for trade associates and the general population.  He has appeared on more than 40 radio shows and podcasts.


Mr. Downs is married, has three sons, and lives in Philadelphia. For relaxation, he rides his bike, plays soccer, makes music, and mulls over his ideas for his next book.

Past Appearances

Mind Your Business, with the Wharton SBDC: December 8, 2016

Host Loren Feldman is joined by Barbara Corcoran (Co-Founder; TV Personality on ABC’s “Shark Tank”, Barbara Corcoran Venture Partners) and Paul Downs (President/Owner, Paul Downs Cabinetmakers Inc.) on the Thursday, December 8, 2016 edition of Mind Your Business, with the Wharton SBDC.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, December 8, 2016

Knowledge @Wharton: August 9, 2016

Host Dan Loney is joined by Anne Verrill (Owner, Grace Restaurant; Foreside Tavern), Nancy Heimann (President, CEO, Enginuity Worldwide), Robert Heimann (Co-Founder, Enginuity Worldwide), Jamie Davis (Head of Human Resources, Hartford Funds), Paul Downs (President/Owner, Paul Downs Cabinetmakers Inc.), Amy Sepinwall (Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania, Department of Legal Studies and Business Ethics), Americus Reed (Professor of Marketing, The Wharton School), and Katlyn Grasso (CEO & Founder, GenHERation) on the Tuesday, August 9, 2016 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.Read More

Air Date: Tuesday, August 9, 2016

The Digital Show: January 25, 2016

Host xLoren xFeldman is joined by Gabriel Weinberg (Founder and CEO, DuckDuckGo), Paul Downs (President/Owner, Paul Downs Cabinetmakers Inc.), Jeff Davidoff (Chief Marketing Officer, Donuts, Inc.), and Gene Marks (Columnist, Author, and Owner of The Marks Group PC) on the Monday, January 25, 2016 edition of The Digital Show.Read More

Air Date: Monday, January 25, 2016


On Wharton Business Radio

Work of Tomorrow: November 19, 2018 Episode Featured ImageWork of Tomorrow: November 19, 2018

Host Christian Terwiesch is joined by Kate Gulliver (Global Head of Talent, Wayfair) and Paul Downs (President/Owner, Paul Downs Cabinetmakers Inc.) on the Monday, November 19, 2018 edition of Work of Tomorrow.

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