James Madison University, B.S. in business administration and finance and real estate law.
Marymount University, Master’s degree in business administration
Robert “Paul” Lawrence is the Director of Operations/COO. He has served in this role since March of 2016, bringing years of experience and civil service to Family Insight.
Mr. Lawrence is a tenth generation Fauquier County, Virginia native. Born in Warrenton, Virginia, he grew up in the village of Marshall.
In lieu of High School, Mr. Lawrence graduated from Randolph-Macon Academy (United States Air Force JROTC) in 1987 with the rank of Cadet Lieutenant Colonel, Deputy Corps Commander for Operations. While attending the Academy, he received the General Douglas A. MacArthur Award for excellence in athletics, academics, and leadership, among the most prestigious awards given by the association of Military Schools and Colleges of the United States.
Mr. Lawrence went on to attend James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, graduating in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration majoring in Finance and Real Estate. While attending JMU, Mr. Lawrence became a licensed Realtor® and a licensed property-casualty/life-health insurance agent. Also, during this time period, Mr. Lawrence became a certified Emergency Medical Technician-CT Paramedic and served in both paid and volunteer positions. He also served as a certified Law Enforcement Officer of the Commonwealth of Virginia and still holds certification.
Upon graduation, Mr. Lawrence joined his father in the family’s insurance business which began in 1969. While serving as the office manager, Mr. Lawrence attended Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia and graduated in 1998 with a Masters Degree in Business Administration. Upon his father’s retirement in 1995, Mr. Lawrence assumed management of the insurance business and grew it to annual revenues in excess of three million dollars.
Mr. Lawrence is involved in many civic and community organizations, including the Shriners Hospitals for Children, his service as Past Master (2009) Cochran Lodge No. 271 A.F. & A.M., co-chairman of the Marshall District Comprehensive Plan advisory committee, and President/Board of Trustees Marshall Cemetery Association.
In 2018, Mr. Lawrence was elected to serve as board chairman of the Virginia Foundation for Research and Economic Education (VaFREE) which is Virginia’s premier business forum promoting pro-business free enterprise in the Commonwealth. VaFREE annually ranks all members of the Virginia General Assembly on a non-partisan basis as to their degree of pro-business policy (www.VaFREE.org).
Mr. Lawrence terminated his insurance business in early 2009 to join with the management of the growing National Counseling Group enterprise of which he served as Vice President/Director of Operations, Director of Legislative Affairs, Director of Facilities and Special Assistant to the President and CEO. He served NCG until February of 2016.
Mr. Lawrence continues as the managing member of his family’s property corporation and enjoys politics, boating, and construction projects in his free time. He is married to Dr. Kimberley Ryan-Lawrence, DNP, FNP-C and they have two young sons “Jack” and “Alex.”