Garry began his career in the wholesale and retail automotive business working for Chrysler in various management positions, and then in senior marketing positions with Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche cars. In joining Reed Exhibition Companies, he spent 17 years as the Group Vice President of Auto Shows in the Consumer Show Division. Totally, Garry has over 40 years in the automobile related business. As President of Paragon Group which he founded in 2001, he oversees all aspects of the business, including new business development and the financials, along with being the main liaison with general contractors and sponsoring associations.
As Vice President, Barbara blends advertising, public relations and promotions to stir up excitement and motivate hundreds of thousands of consumers to attend Paragon Group’s events. Always on the lookout for new and exciting show features, Barbara combs the real and virtual worlds for the latest trends. Prior to the formation of Paragon Group, Barbara was Marketing Director for Reed Exhibition Companies’ consumer show division, joining Reed after 9 years directing the marketing efforts of national fashion trade shows for The Larkin Group.
David is responsible for automotive exhibit space sales and operations. As Vice President for Paragon’s Auto Group, he is the main factory and exhibit house contact. With over 30 years of experience, he is highly respected in all levels of the business from facility management to trade unions. Previously, David worked as National Sales Manager for Cahners Exposition Group and Reed Exhibition Companies heading up the show publications group and then as Show Management.
With 25 years of trade show and special event management experience, six of those at the helm of the New England Spring Flower Show, Carolyn joined Paragon Group as Show Director for the new Boston Flower & Garden Show in 2009. In addition to the Flower Show, Carolyn serves as Group Show Director for the Boston RV & Camping Expo and the National Golf Expo, managing operational, design and programming aspects of the events with a focus on maximizing business opportunities for the show’s exhibitors and sponsors as well as creating memorable experiences for the shows’ attendees.
A 20 year veteran of trade/consumer show management, Rich joined Paragon Group in July 2008 as Director of Sales for the Auto Show Group, National Golf Expo, and Boston RV & Camping Expo. Prior to joining Paragon, he was a Group Sales Director for Reed Exhibition Companies and directed the sales efforts for both the Eastern Sports & Outdoor Show and Chicagoland Outdoors Show – two of the largest consumer outdoorsmen events in North America. Rich brings a wealth of expertise in the areas of sales and customer relations management, floor plan management, and possesses top-notch customer service skills.
Peg has been with the Paragon Group since its inception in the summer of 2001. As Show Coordinator, Peg is responsible for exhibitor services including invoicing and operational communications. She is also responsible for the day to day office management, as well as on-site show office management. A seasoned professional, Peg has been in the trade/consumer show industry for almost 25 years, previously with the Larkin Group before joining Paragon Group. Her accomplishments include being part of a team that developed and implemented a sales and marketing database management system.
As our Communications Specialist, Kate handles all of Paragon Group’s online adventures, including maintaining and populating eight websites and over 30 social media accounts. She can Post, Tweet, Pin, Blog, Vlog, and more. In her role as brand steward, Kate is responsible for actively identifying and engaging attendees and influencers across online channels. Consequently, she also serves as the in-house encyclopedia of best practices and emerging trends in the ever-changing world of the internet. Prior to joining Paragon Group, Kate handled all digital marketing for the Metalcon trade show.
Megan joined Paragon Group in July of 2010 as Senior Sales Executive for the Boston Flower & Garden Show the National Golf Expo, having over 10 years’ experience in consumer show management, exhibit and sponsorship sales, marketing and operations. Prior to joining Paragon Group, Megan was an Event Manager in Charleston, SC and assisted in the development, planning and execution of five major consumer shows. In her role as Senior Sales Executive, Megan maintains relationships with current customers as well as identifies and recruits new sponsors and exhibitors.
As Marketing Manager and media mogul, Alex helps to develop and then execute our marketing strategies. She works with media buying agencies and freelance graphic artists to produce advertising campaigns (TV, print, radio, web, outdoor) for all our endeavors. She designs and writes ad copy, show programs, e-blast campaigns and press releases, as well as handling media relations.
Shannon relocated to Boston four years ago after spending 12 years working in the music industry for major labels in Los Angeles. With over 20 years of experience in the music industry working in marketing, strategic partnerships and artist development, he founded an artist management and record label, Intelligent Noise, in 2006. At Paragon Group, Shannon focuses on the creation of new events and opportunities, as well as developing the current portfolio of events. Additionally, with an extensive background in new media and design, he helps guide web design, art direction and online advertising initiatives.