Paul Jew is an Albuquerque native who grew up working as a busboy, dishwasher and waiter at his family’s restaurant, New Chinatown, which was a bustling, thriving business because it was one of the few places in the 1960’s and 1970’s that served Chinese food in Albuquerque. Paul’s early work experience at his family restaurant shaped his views on the importance of delivering great service and good value. Paul attended Emerson Elementary, Van Buren Junior High and Highland High School and later received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of California, Irvine.
In 1983, Paul was working for a marketing research company in California when his older brother Kim Jew, recruited Paul to take over his studio’s business operations. With a modern and flattering style of photography and a desire to create a great experience for their customers, the two brothers grew Kim Jew Photography Studio into one of the largest privately owned studios in the country. They expanded into three locations in addition to building their own in house processing lab.
Over the years, Paul was instrumental in diversifying the business into serving high school seniors,
schools, athletic teams, churches and families. This growth necessitated creating a spinoff that could focus all of its attention to serve these markets. Thus, Moji was born in 2013.
When Paul was searching for a name for his new business, Paul came across the word “Moji”, and discovered that it meant “To Remember”. Some are familiar with it’s sister word “emoji”, which is a pictograph that can quickly express an emotion. Paul felt that “Moji” captured exactly his company’s mission, which is to create visually stunning photographic and cinematic products that will help people to remember the people and things they love.
Paul’s early work experiences at his family’s restaurant has instilled in him a desire to give his customers great value for their money and excellent service. “I think the Kim Jew brand stands for luxury. Moji will serve the mainstream.”
Paul has been married to his wife Judy for over 32 years and they have two sons, Brandan and Corban. Judy is the Western Region Director of Inspections for the Department of Energy. Additionally, Paul is very active in his Christian faith. He serves as the Area Leader for Fellowship of Companies for Christ International (FCCI) and he is an Elder at Grace Church in Albuquerque. Paul jokes, “I am a Jew who loves Jesus.”