E. Paul Whetten Vice President of Lending

Work Experience/Education

Paul has 10 years of experience in enterprise management and small business accounting and over 15 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 20+ 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, camping, and cooking in Dutch ovens.

Community Involvement

Paul has been involved with the Boy Scouts of America for over 20 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, a recipient of the Silver Beaver Award, and currently serves as an Assistant Council Commissioner with 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 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.

Favorite Quotes

“Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.” – C. S. Lewis
“The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.” – Stephen R. Covey