Director of Pure Michigan Business Connect in Detroit. Pure Michigan Business Connect is a Michigan Economic Development Corp. initiative commissioned by Gov. Rick Snyder to connect Michigan companies with growth and expansion opportunities. Prior to this role, Pawl served as program director of Connection Point with the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce. Under his leadership, Connection Point uncovered more than $200 million in sourcing and R&D opportunities for Detroit area suppliers. Related to those achievements, he was named one of Crain's Detroit Business's
40 Under 40, one of Development Counselors International's 2013 40 Under 40 Rising Stars of Economic Development, and received Grand Valley State University's Up And Coming Alumni Award for 2013. He has advised the White House Business Council and the U.S. Department of Commerce on supplier diversity initiatives and serves on multiple nonprofit boards in the Detroit area. Prior to the economic development field, Pawl worked in advertising, first with W.B. Doner and then ePrize LLC. He received his bachelor's degree in economics and marketing from Grand Valley and his MBA from the University of Detroit Mercy, as well as a certificate in global affairs from New York University.