Doug founded Paragon in 2017 through the acquisition of ATC Nuclear. His nuclear career spans more than 35 years in various leadership roles across several leading industry suppliers. Well known in the industry for providing innovative solutions for the industry’s biggest challenges, Doug has been successful in developing strategies and high growth, both organically and through key acquisitions with Private Equity partners.
In addition to acquiring ATC Nuclear, Doug led the successful acquisition of AP Services in 2009 which he sold to Curtiss-Wright in 2012. He also completed the purchase of NLI by Paragon in 2020, as well as Paragon’s acquisitions of Technology Resources and Rock Creek (both in 2021). He received his MBA from the McColl School of Business at Queens University.
Chief Operating Officer
Daniel has spent more than two decades in both people and program management in the commercial nuclear power industry. He has spent his career focused on bringing needed process improvement from both inside the nuclear utility and through relationships with the nuclear supplier community. Daniel believes that nuclear power is vital to this world and is committed to helping it be viable moving into the future. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Oregon State University. Married to his wife SueAnn, the couple has 4 children.
Chief Financial Officer
Chip joined the Paragon team in the spring of 2018, and has since overseen many financial changes including new pricing strategies, new forecasting processes, the implementation of a new ERP and the acquisition of NLI. Prior to joining Paragon, Chip spent 7 years at Bank of America working in Finance and Corporate Treasury where he was responsible for producing and modeling business line forecasts, analyzing macro financial trends, and producing regulatory submissions. Chip has an MBA from the Haslam School of Business at the University of Tennessee and received his undergraduate degree from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
Chief Innovation Officer
Chris received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Union College where he graduated Eta Kappa Nu, an Electrical Engineering Honor Society. Chris is the sole and co-inventor of various patents for Power Electronics technology. Chris’ core competencies are Electrical Circuit Design and Analysis, Mechanical Design, and Product Design and Development. Chris has fulfilled several positions to assist in the growth and changes to Paragon over the past several years. In his current management position, Chris remains the main technical lead for the facility, as well as being responsible for facility operation, growth, and compliance to industry standards. Chris resides in Poestenkill, NY with his wife Stefanie and two children. He enjoys the outdoors with his family, hiking, camping, snowshoeing, skiing and supporting his children with horseback riding, soccer, and baseball.
Chief Marketing Officer
Tighe has spent the last 15 years working in various roles in the commercial nuclear power industry. His experience includes product development, safety-related product and system sales and nuclear business management. He has a Bachelor's of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering and is a graduate of the University of Tennessee's MBA program. Tighe served in the United States Army National Guard. Tighe is a native of Knoxville and is married to his wife Heather and has one daughter.
Vice President, Human Resources
Heather Born is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and a certified Senior HR Professional with over 10 years of experience. Throughout her career, Heather has held various roles in Human Resources supporting unique industries focused on recruitment, on-boarding, compensation and management of the employee life-cycle. Currently, she’s responsible for leading all HR initiatives and activities across the organization. Heather is from east Tennessee and is married to her husband Chris. Together they have one son.
Vice President, Sales
Matt has spent the last 14 years working in various roles in the commercial nuclear power industry. His experience includes fluid sealing technologies, commercial grade dedication, and various areas in instrumentation and controls. He has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Marketing from the University of Pittsburgh. He currently resides in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, is married to his wife Nikki and has 2 young children.
Vice President, Sales Operations
John’s core competencies are as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) for Paragon’s variety of product offerings. John has held several positions over his 24 years with the company, including Director of International Sales and currently the Senior Director for Nuclear Sales Operations. In his current role, John is responsible for the inside sales team and all outgoing proposals. John still plays an active role in International and DOE/DOD business development activities.
John received his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Distribution from Texas A&M University where he graduated Sigma Delta, the Industrial Distribution Honor Society. He received his Master of Engineering Technical Management also from Texas A&M University with an emphasis on Leadership and Data Driven Decision Making. John lives in Hurst, TX with his wife and 2 daughters. He loves martial arts and is an American Karate Blackbelt and instructor. He enjoys traveling with his wife and Texas A&M football with his friends.
Vice President, Licensing
Ted has more than four decades of experience in managing utility and DOE projects across U.S. and international sites. Ted is the Past President of the American Nuclear Society (ANS) and currently serves as the Chairman of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) SC45A Working Group A9 on Nuclear Instrumentation Systems. He is the former President of Technology Resources.
Vice President, Quality Assurance
Rich is a 30-year veteran of the US Navy Nuclear Power Program, where he held positions as a nuclear-qualified operator and project officer and was responsible for nuclear maintenance and operations oversight for the Office of Naval Reactors. He has 20+ years of experience in a quality assurance oversight and management role. As Vice President of Quality Assurance, he ensures Paragon’s Quality Program is implemented and maintains compliance with 10CFR50 APP B, NQA-1, ASME Section III, and Canadian nuclear quality standard requirements. Rich currently resides in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, is married to his wife Tina, and has two daughters and a grandson.
Vice President, Engineering
Joe started his engineering career at Zachry Nuclear Engineering working on Design Changes for various US Nuclear Power Plants. He joined Paragon in 2013 where he started out as a qualification engineer, writing CGD plans and transitioned to the I&C side of the business where his focus moved towards Analog Repair / Refurbishment and Reverse Engineering. Now as Vice President of Engineering, he is responsible for overseeing the Engineering Department and ensuring that it operates in accordance with the Paragon Quality program while maintaining customer delivery dates. Joe graduated from Clarkson University with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. He currently resides in the Dallas/Fort Worth area with his wife Marybeth and his growing family.