As founder and CEO of Advanced Lighting, Inc., a manufacturer of LED and fiber optics used in entertainment and architectural lighting, Paul Streitz established himself as an industry visionary and the go-to-source for high-tech, high-touch creative lighting solutions for everything from the Grammy awards, Broadway shows and major concert tours to unprecedented billboard events for Times Square. Advanced Lighting also provided the technical know-how and lighting products to illuminate the original Declaration of Independence and all its supporting documents at the National Archives in Washington D.C. After selling his company in 2007, Paul reinvented himself as an author and motivational speaker. His book, Blue-Collar Buddha: Winning Wisdom Gained on the Journey from Flight Attendant to Cancer Survivor to Entrepreneurial Millionaire, is rapidly gaining him a following in both the business world and the self-help community.
In Blue-Collar Buddha’s twenty-nine uplifting, heart-centered stories of personal and professional enlightenment, Paul details his improbable rise from working-class roots to founder of a multimillion-dollar lighting company. With refreshing candor, caring, and insight, Paul shares the hard-earned wisdom he gained from overcoming debilitating childhood insecurities, shocking betrayals at work and at home, and two life-changing bouts with cancer. Ultimately, with integrity, ingenuity, and indomitable will, Paul created a rich, fulfilling life and a business worth millions.