Paul Mandell is a Founder and the Chief Executive Officer of Consero Group, an international leader in the events industry. Prior to Consero, Mr. Mandell founded a national legal support company that was acquired in 2007. He also practiced law at Arnold & Porter LLP in Washington, D.C. and Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York, New York, following a federal clerkship. Mr. Mandell has a Bachelor of Arts in Government & Politics, summa cum laude, from the University of Maryland and a Juris Doctor from Yale Law School, where he was a senior editor of the Yale Law Journal and Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Law & Policy Review. He has been featured in articles in the Wall Street Journal,Bloomberg Business Week, The Washington Post, and The ABA Journal, among others, and he is a frequent contributor to various printed and online publications on entrepreneurship and other topics.

Mandell, who also serves as the Chair of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences Board of Visitors, took time to talk to us about his experience as Terp:

1. How has the motto "Be the Solution" helped to shape your life after college- specifically in your career?

I have found "Be the Solution" to be a valuable guiding mantra throughout my career. As a lawyer, my job was to help my clients achieve an optimal result for a legal or business challenge. And now as an entrepreneur, I spend a great deal of time ensuring that the products and services I work to deliver are solving real problems of my target clients.

2. Why do you find it important to stay connected to your alma mater?

Staying connected to the University of Maryland, and BSOS in particular, has always been very important to me. I really enjoyed my experience at UMD, and I have found great joy in remaining a part of this extraordinary community. However, I also feel a strong obligation to repay the institution for all of the support and opportunities that it provided to me, and do what I can to contribute to the future success of today's UMD students.

3. What advice can you offer to current students?

The best advice I can give to today's UMD students is to get to know as much of the UMD community as you can. From your fellow students to faculty to alumni, each person you meet can be a valuable contact at some stage in your life. Don't miss out on the opportunity to begin building your network today.

4. What is your favorite UMD memory?

I have so many great memories from UMD that it is hard to select just one as my favorite. But among my fondest memories was the opportunity to address my fellow students at graduation. I recall being so grateful for both the extraordinary experience that I had at UMD and the future experiences for which the university had prepared me, and so pleased to have the chance to express my gratitude to so many people all at once.

Paul S. Mandell, GVPT '95