Garry began his career in the wholesale and retail automotive business working for Chrysler and then moving on to Porsche-Audi division of Volkswagen as Marketing Manager. In joining Reed Exhibition Companies, he spent 17 years as the Group Vice President of Auto Shows in the Consumer Show Division. As President of Paragon Group, he oversees all aspects of the business, including the financials and is the main association liaison.
As Vice President, Barbara blends advertising, public relations and promotions to generate excitement and draw hundreds of thousands of consumers to Paragon Group’s events. Prior to the formation of Paragon Group, Barbara was Marketing Director for Reed Exhibition Companies’ consumer show division, joining Reed after 9 years marketing experience with fashion trade shows. In her spare time, Barbara enjoys gardening, cooking and crossword puzzles.
David is responsible for exhibit space sales and operations. As Vice President-Show Director, he is the main factory, exhibit house and show decorator contact. With over 30 years of experience, he is highly respected in all levels of the business from facility management to trade unions. Before joining Paragon Group, David could be found “pitching” Classic Car Wax at the auto shows in the early ‘70’s, then as Automotive Advertising Manager for a group of 14 weekly newspapers. From there David worked as National Sales Manager for Cahners Exposition Group and Reed Exhibition Companies heading up the show publications group and then as Show Manager. When not working, David likes to spend his time sailing, gardening and cooking up gourmet dishes in his chef’s kitchen.
With 25 years of trade show and special event management experience, six of those at the helm of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s New England Spring Flower Show, Carolyn joined Paragon Group as Show Director for the new Boston Flower & Garden Show in 2009, allowing Paragon to resurrect the essence of the 137 year tradition which had met its demise the previous year. In addition to the Flower Show, Carolyn serves in leadership roles for the Boston RV & Camping Expo and the National Golf Expo - Boston, 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. Carolyn enjoys growing herbs, hosta and other low-maintenance plants, loves flea markets and antique shows, and is a supportive ‘golf widow’ to husband Troy.
A 20 year veteran of trade/consumer show management, Rich joined Paragon Group in July 2008 as Director of Sales for the International Auto Shows, National Golf Expo, and Boston RV & Camping Expo. Prior to joining Paragon, he was the Group Sales Director for Reed Exhibition Companies and directed the sales efforts for both the Eastern Sport Show and Chicagoland Outdoors Show – two of the largest consumer outsdoorsman 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. When not working, Rich is an avid musician and also enjoys collecting college hockey memorabilia.
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. In her spare time Megan enjoys spending time outdoors with her dachshund Stewie, gardening or at the beach.
As the New Media Manager, Alexandria 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, Alexandria 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. Alexandria loves reading, jogging, unpopular sports, and aspires to someday own an Aston Martin DBS and Lamborghini Aventador. Alexandria also firmly believes her mother, Barbara (↑), hid her Hogwarts acceptance letter in order to ensure her daughter would follow in her footsteps.
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 management. A seasoned professional, Peg has been in the trade/consumer show industry for almost 25 years. Previously with the Larkin Group, her accomplishments include being part of a team that developed and implemented a sales and marketing database management system. Peg is active in many different civic organizations, including veteran’s services.
Shannon has spent over 20 years working in the music industry for major labels such as Virgin, Capitol, and Interscope Records. He has a background in new media, marketing, and publicity. In 2006, he founded Intelligent Noise, an artist development company and independent record label in Los Angeles. As the director of New Business Development at Paragon, Shannon seeks out creative opportunities to grow the existing repertoire of shows, as well as developing new events and partnerships. After spending 14 years based in Los Angeles, Shannon and his family returned to Boston in 2010.