ROLE: Founder, CEO of Atlas Container
EXPERTISE: Sales, Manufacturing, Operations/Logistics, Venture Finance, and Personal Development
OFFICE HOURS: by appointment
Paul Centenari is the CEO of Atlas Container Corporation, a full-service manufacturer of high quality corrugated packaging and display products. When Paul and his brother acquired the company in 1988, it as a 50,000 sq ft facility in Baltimore generating revenues of under $6m. Through a combination of acquisition and well-managed organic growth (8 times the industry average), the company now generates over $40 million, ships 60,000 orders per year, and employs 200 people in Severn, MD.
Immediately after business school, Paul went to work for a small investment bank in Denver. Ten months later, he and his brother Peter started their own investment bank. They developed an interest in roll-ups of low tech industries, and ultimately settled on the opportunity to buy Atlas.
Paul was born in Wellesley, Massachusetts. He attended public high school, Dartmouth College, and Harvard Business School. Paul’s hobbies include boxing in Georgetown, heli-skiing in British Columbia, boxing and swimming across the Chesapeake Bay.