Frederick Paul II, B.B.A.'15

Owner and Founder, Fahrenheit 313

North America Process and Operations Specialist, Dassault Systèmes 3DEXCITE


  • Pictured is Frederick Paul standing in front of wall of shoes

    The Impassioned Entrepreneur

    Inspiration often strikes when we least expect it. For Frederick Paul II, it happened while he was struggling to make ends meet as a college student at WMU. The longtime sneaker aficionado began selling old pairs of shoes on eBay as a way to collect a few extra dollars. It was this venture that ignited his idea for The Heat Factory—now Fahrenheit 313—a Detroit-based, resale shop where sneakerheads can share their love for kicks, unapologetically. The purpose-driven business designates a portion of its proceeds to local charities that invest in Detroit.

In addition to running Fahrenheit 313, Paul—a two-time honoree of The 30—serves as North America process and operations specialist for Dassault Systèmes 3DEXCITE, a company that creates digital marketing experiences for consumer brands. Paul manages large-scale projects for brands, creating customer experiences that ultimately drive purchasing decisions. 

Best Learning Experience at WMU: “Studying abroad in the Dominican Republic. The trip opened my eyes to how big the world is, and it’s where I learned that I love to travel and experience new cultures.”