E. Paul Whetten Vice President of Lending
Paul has 10 years of experience in enterprise management and small business accounting and over 17 years of
experience in the financial services industry. He graduated magna cum laude from Arizona State University with a
degree in History and went on to receive a Masters of Administration degree, with distinction, from Northern Arizona
University. In addition to his responsibilities with American Life Financial Paul is an adjunct professor of
business at Mesa Community College.
Paul's greatest claim to fame is that he convinced his wife Sally to marry him. They are the proud parents of 6
children that have kept them constantly on the move for the past 25+ years. Paul has a large collection of historic
flags that he uses in public speaking engagements and events all over Arizona. He enjoys public speaking, reading,
singing, and cooking in Dutch ovens.
Paul has been involved with the Boy Scouts of America for over 30 years, serving as an adult volunteer working
directly with youth as well as an instructor for adult leader training courses at the district and council level. He
is an Eagle Scout and a recipient of both the Silver Beaver and the Distinguished Commissioner Award. He currently
serves as an Assistant Council Commissioner for the Grand Canyon Council. Paul is a graduate of Valle del Sol's
Hispanic Leadership Institute and served on the initial advisory board for Valle del Sol's Donation Center. He has
served as a PTO board member and a volunteer with Junior Achievement of Arizona.
Paul has also served his community by being active in politics and serving in elected positions at the local, state
and national levels. He served two terms as Party Chairman for his legislative district and has participated in
numerous committees and working groups with government officials and other leaders throughout the State of Arizona.
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