Before working on his PhD, Paul Hatch was CEO of industrial design and user experience firm TEAMS Design in Chicago for over 20 years. TEAMS now has five branches around the world and has been awarded over 1,000 design awards. Paul is also co-founder of Design House, a non-profit with a mission to help revitalize local manufacture, and co-founder of PERlab, now a division of management consultant Kearney.
Paul is actively engaged in local and national design communities, has spoken at many conferences, and chaired the International Design Conference in 2013. In 2018, he was nominated into the IDSA Academy of Fellows, industrial design’s “Hall of Fame.” Paul is co-author of two books about the impact of design and technology on business. He is also known for founding and running an extreme debate event called Fight Club, which the New York Times called “a Designer Slugfest.”