Paul Lippens, Controller for Maui Jim Sunglasses, was born and raised in the US Midwest. After earning a BA in Accounting, he worked for Square D, Schneider Electric and Bomag Americas before joining Maui Jim in 2006. Maui Jim, Inc., is the world’s fastest growing and largest independent polarized sunglass maker, with over 700 employees worldwide and 12 international offices. The company began selling sunglasses on the beaches of Maui, Hawaii in the 1980s. Realizing that their sunglasses could not protect against Hawaii’s severe glare without distorting the beautiful island scenery colors, they developed PolarizedPlus® to wipe out the glare while stoking the colors. From an original line of 7 styles, the company now offers more than 90 styles and over 300 SKUs. Maui Jim world headquarters are in Peoria, Illinois, but ‘spiritual headquarters’ will always be in Maui.