Skip to main content

Paul Booth, PhD

Back to All Faculty/Staff


Dr. Paul M. Booth Jr. is the President of Concentric Brands, a company whose focus is best class in class brands in the QSR, limited retail, and service industries. Concentric currently owns and operates Ace Hardware as one of its best-in-class brands.
He was previously a 2nd generation owner and 0perator within the McDonald’s system. Throughout his decade-long career with McDonald’s, one of the world’s leading brands, he has quickly accelerated and excelled while keeping the pulse of a servant leader who leads his team and serves his community. One of Paul’s mantras that guides him daily is: “We are not just a business but a stakeholder in the community” — our mission is to serve.

Dr. Booth believes business should exist for a purpose and that the triple bottom line (People, Profit, Planet) must be achieved for a company to succeed. He is a recent Cincinnati Business Courier 40 Under 40 recipient. He serves on several boards, including the Multi-Unit Franchise Conference, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Cincinnati State School of Hospitality Management Advisory Board, and the Holocaust and Humanity Center. He received the MVP Spirit of Franchising award from the Multi-Unit Franchise Conference.

In addition, he is a graduate of DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Minor in Religious Studies. He completed his Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology at Emory University, concentrating in leadership and ethics. He also graduated from the Harvard Summer Leadership Institute. He recently earned a PhD in values-driven leadership from the College of Business at Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois. Booth recently completed the Herndon Directors Institute, a prestigious program to train and equip diverse candidates for board seats on publicly traded companies.

Above all, a man of family and great faith, Paul’s greatest assignment is his role as a father to his beautiful daughter, Laila Marie Booth.


  • PhD (Organizational Leadership with a Concentration in Values Driven Leadership) Benedictine University, 2021
  • MDiv (Concentration with Leadership Ethics) Emory University, 2007
  • BS (Political Science) DePauw University, 2004

Awards & Honors

Spirit of Franchising MVP Award Winner

Cincinnati Business Courier 40 under 40, 2018

Curriculum Vita

View PDF