Garry Edgar

Garry Edgar

President

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.

Barbara Pudney

Barbara Pudney

Vice President

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.

Rich Casey

Rich Casey

Group Show Director, Auto Shows; Show Manager, Boston RV & Camping Expo

A 25 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. He was then promoted to Group Show Director for the Auto Shows in May 2014 and is responsible for and oversees all sales & operational aspects for Paragon's four Auto Shows across the country. Prior to joining Paragon, Rich was Group Sales Director for Reed Exhibitions and directed the sales efforts for both The Eastern Sports & Outdoor Show and Chicagoland Outdoors Show - two of North America's largest consumer outdoorsman events. Rich brings a wealth of expertise in the areas of sales and operations management, floor plan management, and possesses top notch customer service skills.

Carolyn Weston

Carolyn Weston

Show Director, Lifestyle Shows

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.

Megan Berridge

Megan Berridge

Sales, Flower Show & Golf Expo Booth Space

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.

David Gerth

David Gerth

Senior Account Executive, NECANN

Before joining Paragon, David spent 5 years in Radio advertising and Event marketing, specializing in creating and executing customized marketing campaigns through radio, digital, social media and events. He's responsible for creating and implementing successful events in Boston such as the Best Homebrewer in Boston Contest and Winterfest at Blue Hills. At Paragon, David is passionate about the progression and growth of the Cannabis industry through the sales and promotion of the New England Cannabis Convention. Outside of Paragon, he's an alumni of University of New Hampshire and Umass Dartmouth and known by his friends as a Dance Machine.

Kate Schoon

Kate Schoon

Digital Media Manager

As our Digital Media Manager, Kate handles all of Paragon Group’s online adventures, including maintaining and populating eight websites and over 30 social media accounts, as well as creating and implementing all of Paragon's email marketing campaigns, tracking their effectiveness and creating strategies for maximum reach and effectiveness. As Digital Media Manager, Kate is responsible for actively identifying and engaging attendees and key players across online channels.

Chris Russell

Chris Russell

Advertising & PR Manager

With almost 30 years of experience marketing and selling high-end intangible products and services, Chris joined Paragon Group in August 2016 as Advertising & PR Manager. Prior to joining Paragon, Chris oversaw all marketing and recruiting efforts for Boston University Study Abroad and its 100+ academic programs. He and his team established application and enrollment records, while modernizing and evolving the organization’s brand. Chris began his career as a Research intern at WCVB-TV. Within a few years he rose to the position of Account Executive, with an emphasis on developing new business. At the time Chris also served as the station’s only Political & Issue Advertising Sales Specialist. He thrives when he can apply his enthusiasm, experience, curiosity and creativity to a project.

Peg Rose

Peg Rose

Office Administrator

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.

 Shannon Edgar

Shannon Edgar

Director, New Business

With over 20 years of experience in the music industry working in marketing, strategic partnerships and artist development, Shannon founded an artist management and record label, Intelligent Noise, in 2006. Along with the music business, he began brewing hard cider and in 2013 formed Stormalong, a highly successful craft cider. At Paragon Group, Shannon focuses on the creation of new events and opportunities to expand our portfolio.