Tennis Coach Turned Business Executive:
Paul Ulloa Still Has a Great Serve
“PCCC was very instrumental …the key to success for me,” says Paul Ulloa, a business executive who, in his younger days, did not think he would one day wear a suit to work.
Growing up in Ecuador, Paul dreamed of becoming a tennis pro. He dropped out of high school and became a tennis coach to pursue that goal.
Years later, when he immigrated to the United States to join family here, Paul realized that he would need to learn English in order to continue as a tennis coach, so he enrolled at PCCC for language studies and also earned his high school equivalency.
It turned out that college appealed to him. “I liked it, and I realized I wanted to continue learning,” said Paul. Though he had a desire to study fine art, Paul chose to major in business.
He laughs when asked why. “I had a wife and family to support, so it was a pragmatic decision,” he explained.
An outstanding student at PCCC, Paul earned his A.S. degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Information Technology. He was inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa honor society, and won several scholarships toward his future education.
“I will be eternally grateful for the presidential scholarships that I received during various semesters at PCCC. Without them, I do not know if I’d be where I am today,” said Paul.
He earned a bachelor’s degree, graduating with highest honors, at William Paterson University where he also completed his M.B.A. degree in marketing and was also inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma, the international honor society for business.
In a distinguished business career, Paul has worked for some of the world’s top corporations, including Gerber, L’Oreal, Maybelline, and Nestle.
Now a pharmaceutical and consumer products professional for Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, a New Jersey company, Paul deals in market planning and analysis, forecasting, business development, and research. He also develops and executes plans to drive sales growth and much more.
Still an avid tennis player, the former coach has dedicated himself to serving well off the court, too.
Paul worked for two years in diversity recruiting efforts, interviewing in the National Society of Hispanic MBAs and the National Black MBA Association, Inc. His efforts helped in hiring five MBAs in years 2010 and 2011.
The Totowa resident is also a devoted family man. “I have been abundantly blessed with a wonderful, beautiful, and smart wife, Katherine, and two great kids, Mathew, 6, and Rebecca, 8,” says Paul, who added that his wife, a systems engineer, was supportive “every step of the way” while Paul worked and went to school full-time. “I know how hard getting a college degree is,” he added.
An active member of Hawthorne Gospel Church, Paul contributes generously to humanitarian missions, including Food for the Hungry, World Vision, and Food for Orphans.
“As I committed Christian, I strongly believe that God helped me throughout my student and career life,” said Paul. “I am glad God put PCCC in my path to success.”