Paul Rothenburg Featured in Rosslyn Magazine
Paul Rothenburg was featured in the Summer issue of Rosslyn Magazine for his commitment to community service, notably to The McCormick Group’s neighborhood of Rosslyn. The article is below.
For 20 years, long before he was a VP with The McCormick Group, or chairman of three non-profit organizations, or an integral part of Rosslyn Renaissance, Paul Rothenburg was a newspaper man.
It started with his first job out of college, working in the Motor City for the Detroit News. He ran what was the marketing department, won two Clio advertising awards, and eventually rose to become VP for Circulation. “It was an almost 24-hour-a-day operation that I was responsible for,” he says, “involving 13,500 people to distribute the newspaper.”
“The appeal of the newspaper business,” he goes on, “is the immediacy. It’s a timely, very complicated process to put out a new product every day. You start from scratch – every single day you start with nothing.”
For years, Rothenburg thrived on the intensity, but at age 40 took a year off, then ran his own newspaper consulting business. In 1982, one of his clients gave him a once-in-a-lifetime offer – the chance to become VP and General Manager of the newly-formed Washington Times. “To start a newspaper in the nation’s capitol, arguably the capitol of the world,” he says, “ was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down. It was a great experience.”
He was at the Washington Times for five years, and has remained in the Washington region ever since, working in the real estate/ construction and banking industries before joining an executive search firm, The McCormick Group, in 1994, where he is currently Vice President of Business Development. The McCormick Group, founded in Rosslyn in 1974, has always emphasized civic participation, and it’s part of Rothenburg’s personal business philosophy. “Being a good corporate citizen,” he says, “is more than doing a good job at work.”
A member of the inaugural class of Leadership Washington in 1987, he has also served as chair of the Columbia Lighthouse of the Blind, Goodwill of Greater Washington, and vice-chair for the United Negro College Fund, always bringing exceptional leadership skills and management expertise to bear. To say nothing of the good humor he brings to any table at which he sits, ever able to lighten up difficult discussions with his hearty laugh.
Rothenburg grew up in the northwest suburbs of Detroit with his parents and younger brother. After high school, he received a degree in communication arts from Michigan State and from 1963 to1968 served stateside with the U.S. Marines. He also attended the Detroit College of Law, and had a stint as chair of the Grosse Pointe Woods Planning Commission, good preparation for site plan reviews in Arlington. He arrived in D.C. in 1983, along with his wife-to-be, Kathleen, who is also in the newspaper business. They just celebrated their 27th wedding anniversary, along with their three daughters and four grandsons.
RR Urban Design Committee
As First Vice President of Rosslyn Renaissance, he also co-chairs RR’s Urban Design Committee, which, he notes “has become a required stop for developers.” “There are currently eight blocks in Rosslyn that are either under development, or about to undergo construction, or in planning. Eight blocks in a small, defined community is a lot. When you look at it, you’re talking about the future of Rosslyn,” Rothenburg states. “That’s why it’s important for RR and the Urban Design Committee to be at the very focal point of all this development, where we can be a voice that brings various aspects together – Arlington County government, developers, civic associations, the business community and residents. The community in its entirety looks at UDC and RR for their input because it represents a cross-section of the business and civic community.”
After he says this, you can imagine him making an aside from back in his newspaper days. “Get me Re-Write! This place needs an edit!” Everyone will laugh, and get down to the business of making Rosslyn an extraordinary place.