Candidate for Vice President
Paul has served in many leadership roles throughout his career, from managing a team distributed around the world to owning his own consulting company. His personal drive for success leads him to be demanding both of himself and of those around him.
Paul began his technical communication career in the 1980s and quickly learned how many different roles work together to deliver successful projects. While in Austin, Texas, Paul worked on projects with more than 10,000 pages of content and helped coordinate efforts across multiple companies. After he moved to Houston, Texas, Paul worked for several software companies in various technical communication positions.
As a Director at an enterprise software company, Paul led a team of more than 40 members across the US, India, and Bolivia. He also managed a multi-million dollar budget and worked on process and career management across the entire Research and Development organization. This experience helps him understand both the business and organizational issues that can lead to success or failure. Paul has used this experience to build and manage a successful consulting company, UserAid, which develops and delivers innovative communication solutions for its clients.
Throughout his career, Paul has promoted the technical communication profession. He is a popular speaker at conferences on technology and management topics, and he also speaks to STC chapters, youth groups, and university students about opportunities in technical communication. As a manager, he has mentored many team members and helped them to become active promoters of technical communication through their service to STC, their companies, and the community. For a list of Paul’s speaking engagements, see www.stc-paulmueller.com/presentations-and-seminars.Paul has been involved with STC in diverse roles and at multiple levels. He is active in the Houston STC chapter, holding positions including President, Vice President, Strategic Advisor, Director, and various committee manager roles. He received the Distinguished Chapter Service award in 2006.
At the Society level, Paul has served as a Director on the Board and in many program selection roles for the Technical Communication Summit, including the Summit Conference Chair for 2012 and 2013. He also led the Technical Communication Editor Search Task Force and the Strategic Program Assessment Task Force. In addition, Paul has worked closely with the STC staff on many projects over the past 5 years and developed strong working relationships. For a list of Paul’s STC contributions, see www.stc-paulmueller.com/stc-contributions.
In his spare time, Paul coaches USA age group competitive swimming with Rice Aquatics. His 15+ years of coaching and team building experience bring a unique perspective to his approach to business. Paul lives in Houston, Texas with his wife, Maryann, and their children Ashley (age 14) and Austin (age 12).
I have benefitted greatly from the connections and knowledge STC has helped me develop. Through many discussions, debates, and learning opportunities, I became a better technical communicator. I believe STC has an important role in our industry, and I would like to use my business experience to strengthen the Society and deliver services in a cost-effective manner to support and shape future leaders. Technical communication continues to be a fast-paced, growing field. As new generations enter the field and existing generations find new ways to meet changing demands, we need the Society to grow and develop with these changing needs. My STC experience will help me understand the way we have done things in the past as we identify ways to support our communities and our members for the future. I can bring a diverse group of people together and help build consensus to move forward.