Donnie Brawner has over 30 years’ experience in the entertainment and auditorium design industry. He has combined extensive design experience with over 25 years in leadership and management positions. He has created a holistic design approach with a focus on environment creation and unparalleled customer service that has been the centerpiece of the Paragon 360™ business model.
With his wife Karen, Donnie started Brawner and Associates in 2000 which was re-branded to Paragon 360 In 2010. A creative visionary, Donnie manages an award-winning team of artisans and technicians who have a driving passion for exceeding their client’s expectations. His focus on building long-lasting customer relationships is evidenced by Paragon 360's extensive list of repeat clients. His leadership and experience drive the creative teams at Paragon 360™ towards greater quality and innovation. He works to continually inspire the team towards total customer satisfaction.
When it comes to church, he understands the necessary changes required of churches to reach today’s culture. He believes that the environment or experience created in a space is critical to reaching today’s generation or the un-churched secular audience. He also understands the careful politics of church business, fundraising, volunteers, multi-phased projects and the delicate balance between traditional and contemporary audiences. He has built a company that has become the design leader in multi-generational church space design.
Donnie, a successful entrepreneur, is also the founder, Co-owner and CEO of Paragon Fabrication, LLC, a Co-Owner of P360 Holdings, LLC, and owner of Brawner Holdings, LLC. In addition, he and Karen acquired Sounds Great, LLC in 2013, an AVL leader in the midwest for over 30 years. Donnie lives in Springfield, MO with his wife Karen and daughters Ashley and Lauren.
Karen Brawner has spent over 30 years on the technical side of the professional entertainment industry. Prior to launching Brawner & Associates with her husband, Donnie, she was involved in live event production work that included fortune 500 company corporate meetings and large scale theatrical productions. Karen has a B.A. in theater from Missouri Southern State University.
Today, Karen works alongside Donnie in setting and implementing company direction and structural and procedural development. Ever present, Karen is a part of every major decision the company makes from finances to staffing to facility and operational decisions. Her knowledge of the inner workings of theater, lighting and technical direction was foundational to Paragon 360’s continued success.
Karen is also a Co-Owner of Brawner Holdings, LLC.
Todd Carroll comes to Paragon 360 with over fifteen years in Financial Accounting and Operations experience, in both private and public practice. He is a seasoned and decisive leader with the ability to bridge the gap between hard finance and all other functions of a company. As a member of Paragon 360's executive team, Todd works alongside Paragon 360 CEO Donnie Brawner in managing the company’s daily operations.
Todd's experience includes the Marlin Network, Inc where he was chief financial officer and director. He was a member of the management team responsible for growing the company to approximately 160 staff members; operating six separate businesses and a holding company. During Todd’s time with the company, Marlin Network was recognized as one of Inc. Magazine’s 5,000 fastest growing private companies for six straight years, and they were also a winner of several local business achievement awards, including the Springfield Business Journal’s Dynamic Dozen and Business Class Award.
Todd is an experienced executive with a proven track record to start, scale, and optimize business operations to achieve organizational goals. He is accomplished in leadership, finance, accounting, operations, open-book management, mergers and acquisitions, risk management, corporate governance, ESOP administration, and human resources.
Todd is also a Co-Owner of P360 Holdings, LLC.
As Chief Operations Officer, Shawn’s main responsibility is to operationalize the companies long term strategy. He spends his time supporting & resourcing all teams in Paragon’s ecosystem improving the workflow and efficiency between companies and improving coordination, efficiency and profitability through operational excellence.
Before joining the Paragon 360 team, Shawn spent almost fourteen years with AGFinancial, a leading denominational lender resourcing churches of all sizes on a national scale. About half that tenure was spent overseeing the organization’s construction loan program at about $150M annually, and the remainder as a loan consultant assisting client churches with securing about $30M in financing per year. His previous experience as a city planner, real estate developer and general contractor equipped him well for that role as he provided consultation to churches on projects ranging from minor renovation to major construction to multi-site expansion.
One of the key components to a successful project of any scope is to define the project within a church’s God-given vision and mission, but also within the parameters of what they can afford. Many churches have spent untold resources on project plans that were never realized because either the design fell short of meeting the real need, or the project cost was simply beyond the church’s ability to fund, or both. Passionate about ministry expansion, Shawn assists Paragon 360 clients in aligning project priorities with vision and affordability, helping identify and utilize resources to assist in bringing a conceptual project into reality.
Over the last 25 years, Shawn has served his own church in multiple lay-leadership roles including the deacon board and as project lead through multiple renovation, expansion and property acquisition efforts. It is this unique blend of professional and personal experience within the church world that allow Shawn and the team at Paragon 360 to deliver best-in-class products and service to our clients.
Shawn is a graduate of Evangel University and resides in Springfield, MO with his wife and two children. He has been an active member of Evangel Temple AG since 1993 and enjoys many outdoor activities. Shawn also serves as part of the executive team at P360 Holdings.
As President of Paragon 360, Ryan’s number one goal is to take care of Paragon’s clients and staff alike. Ryan took the position of President in August of 2021 and is responsible for Paragon 360’s day to day operations. His job is to see to it that Paragon performs with flawless execution while accomplishing the mission of the company.
Ryan Cowen brings 17 years of experience in the AVL industry to Paragon 360. His previous roles provided him with a broad range of AVL expertise spanning design, engineering, and installation for entertainment and event venues of all sizes. After spending years as an Installer with Paragon 360, Ryan moved through the ranks as a client representative and as Vice President, Client Development where he spent his time with sales, client management, proposals, contract administration, and front-end project management.
Ryan has a background in aviation and holds a private pilot’s certificate. He is currently training towards his commercial pilot's certificate. He lives in Nixa, MO with his wife Jessie and daughter Avery.
Vice President, Design Services
Ron Robertson brings over 28 years of experience in the professional audio, video, and lighting industry. He has been with the company since 2004 and is the Vice President of Design Services. Ron oversees, directs and coordinates all of the design aspects of the company from audio, video, and lighting to scenic, staging and interior design.
Ron has an extensive design career that includes lighting and scenic design for everything from high-profile corporate events and theatrical productions nationwide to hundreds of venues from churches to theaters. This extensive design experience combined with his 15-plus years on the road working across a variety of venues provides him with the tremendous advantage as the leader of Paragon 360's design division.
Ron is one of several drummers on staff at Paragon 360™, and as an avid car enthusiast, he can tell you just about anything you ever wanted to know about makes and models of vehicles.
Ron is also a Co-Owner of Paragon Fabrication, LLC.
Chief Strategy Officer
Tim Neptune serves as Paragon 360’s Chief Strategy Officer and is a member of Paragon 360's executive team. For over 25 years, Tim has been planting and pastoring churches across the United States. Over the years, he has served numerous churches and non-profit organizations by helping them to become strategically focused, culturally healthy, and financially sound.
As a certified Strategic Planning Facilitator, Tim assists Paragon 360 clients in determining the next best steps for their ministry. Many churches know “something needs to be done” but often aren’t sure where to start. For over a decade, Tim has worked with Paragon 360 CEO Donnie Brawner by helping churches gain a unified vision for the future and develop a clear path forward in order to achieve their ministry goals.
Tim is the founder of Leadership Outreach, a not-for-profit organization that exists to train pastors, multiply ministry leaders, revitalize churches and promote church planting as a means of community transformation. Leadership Outreach is currently training 200+ pastors and church leaders around the world. Tim also serves as the founder and Lead Pastor of Venture Church Naples, a non-denominational church located in the SW coast of Florida.
Tim is a Co-Owner of Paragon Fabrication, LLC.
Director of Operations
Jared spent over five years leading Paragon’s video installation team installing high performance systems in churches, corporate facilities and entertainment venues all across the country. Prior to joining Paragon 360, Jared spent years on the media staff at First & Calvary Presbyterian Church in Springfield, MO, gaining valuable experience in overseeing media needs, acquisition, installation, and maintenance of audio, video and information technology systems as well as training staff and ministry volunteers.
Today, Jared is the Director of Operations for Paragon 360, Paragon Fabrication and P360 Holdings. Jared provides leadership to the organization by collaborating with the Executive Leadership team and senior management to oversee and manage all facilities, physical assets, fleet management, manage informational technology while identifying, implementing and managing software solutions.
Jared lives in Ozark MO with his wife Leanne and daughter Ellie. If he’s not at the office he can typically be found at the lake.
Director of Procurement
Brian's extensive career in professional audio, video and lighting started in high school and transitioned into college. He then spent (4) years on staff at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, TX as the church's Lighting Director where he gained tremendous experience working with one of the more advanced church production teams in the country. Brian spent several years working in hotel management operating an in-house AV Company/AV Provider for (10) of the hotels properties in the St. Louis Metro area and provided AV support for (7) other affiliated properties.
In 2015 Brian moved back to Springfield, MO and began working for an AV Systems Integrator. His responsibilities included shop prep, procurement, quarterly service checks, project management and warehouse management. As Paragon 360's Procurement Director, Brian has now come full circle; going from end user, to rental/temporary installer, to integrator. Brian also supervises the preparation work for all projects that go out the door in addition to managing shipping and receiving. His experience and in-depth knowledge of professional AVL procurement makes him an integral part of our award winning team!
Katie Ross has previously worked as a social worker for three years, specializing in case management for youth and foster care. Her experience in social work trained her to become very level-headed while handling a large workload but maintaining a sensitive approach. Her case management experience has prepared her to prioritize and solve problems from an executive state and not with an emotional reaction. Katie loves the opportunity to be helpful to those around her and finds accounting to be the most interesting aspect of a business.
When she is out of the office, Katie likes to camp and go on nature walks with her husband, paint landscapes and relax with her dog and cat.
Darla has over 20 years of experience with cost accounting, multi-state sales tax and financial analysis. She also has significant experience in the construction industry, among others. Darla is the Controller for Paragon 360, Paragon Fabrication and P360 Holdings. She supports the accounting operations and provides support to the executive team in financial matters.
As an Ozarks native, Darla enjoys fishing, camping and spending time with her family.
Executive Assistant to Donnie Brawner
Sandy McKee joined the Paragon team in 2012 following 29 years in the educational system to assist part time in the office, but quickly grew into a major asset to the team handling almost anything administrative. She is now the executive assistant to Donnie Brawner, handling Donnie’s scheduling, assisting with complex travel arrangements for large crews, marketing efforts, project coordination, and special projects as needed. In short, Sandy has become the glue that keeps the organization together.
Executive Assistant to Todd Carroll
Glenda is the Executive Assistant to Todd Carroll, our Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining us, she worked as the assistant to the owner of a marketing and advertising company. She graduated from the University of Missouri – St. Louis with a degree in psychology but believes her perfect fit is administratively assisting.
Glenda brings with her a great work ethic and “can-do” attitude. She is a natural fit with the Paragon 360 culture. She lives in Springfield and enjoys all the city has to offer. In her free time, she loves to spend time with her 10 -soon to be 11- grandchildren.
Kurt Dillow brings over ten years of digital art experience to the Paragon 360 team, where he serves as the Content Creator. Kurt began his creative journey as a classically trained artist but soon discovered his talents and passions aligned best in the areas of digital motion graphics and sequential art. After graduating with a BFA in computer animation, Kurt began his professional career working on marketing projects with highly recognized, international brands such as Starbucks, Bush’s Beans, Hellmann’s and many more. Apart from content creation, he has substantial experience in the fields of animation, illustration, graphic design and photography. Kurt’s passion for digital and analog content creation, combined with his extensive experience in a wide array of industries, allows him to view projects with a broad perspective.
In his free time, Kurt loves rock climbing with his wife and tending to his army of bonsai trees.
Pam brings over 30 years of experience to the Paragon 360 team. She studied Technical Theater at UNLV. From there she was on the road for 6 years as a sound engineer. She worked at several well-known shows on the Vegas strip, before returning to her native Missouri to be closer to her family. Before joining Paragon 360 Pam was the AV Manager for the Branson Convention Center.
In her role as Shop Manager, Pam puts her powers of organization and a high level of understanding of the technical AVL industry to good use. She keeps our install teams fully stocked on the supplies they need to get the job done on time and on budget. Pam deals with keeping a shop organized that see's anywhere from 10 - 20 deliveries a day and managing millions of dollars of equipment that come and go daily.
Dave Loftin is one of the most senior members of our team, with over 50 years of experience. He first joined the industry in 1968, building circus scenery for Ringling Brothers. He then spent 7 years in Rochester, New York managing the scenery shop and designing lighting for Regional Operas. During this time, Dave also worked as a rigger for concerts, ice shows, and circuses. In 1984 he was recruited to be the Technical Director at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Illinois producing scenic elements for all of the Theatre, Opera, Kabuki, and Dance productions. An opening at Missouri State brought Dave back to the Springfield, MO area.
The 1990 Branson boom saw Dave once again recruited for a position as Production Manager for the Shoji Tabuchi Show with the directive to help make it a “World Class Production”. Dave directed the installation of new scenery, costumes, lighting, audio, lasers, flying tracks, pyrotechnics, and several other special effects. The show became the hottest ticket in Branson all through the 1990s.
In 1999, Dave went to work for DH Productions in Nixa joining Donnie Brawner that he had known since the early days in Branson. In 2002, Donnie asked him to join the burgeoning Paragon 360 team. Early projects with Paragon included Technical Direction for the Prestonwood Dallas Christmas Festival, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular in Branson, and large-scale corporate meetings for Wal-Mart, the largest corporate meetings of the time. In December of 2008, Dave began work as the Convention Services Manager for Liberty Exposition at the Branson Convention Center managing all of the rigging, electrical service, and set up crews for trade shows, expositions, and concert events. He rejoined Paragon 360 as a Project Manager in 2019.
As a member of the USITT Health and Safety Commission in the 1980s, Dave helped to write the “Recommended Guidelines and Practices for Theatrical Rigging”. Dave also started the first Masters Rigging Workshop in 1988 with rigging industry leaders such as Jay Glerum, Rocky Paulson, Peter Foy, and Randall “Dr. Doom” Davidson. This workshop series spread across the country and grew to inspire the creation by ESTA of the Entertainment Technician Certification Program that is in place today. As part of this program, Dave was asked to serve on the 12 member Subject Matter Expert panel from The United States and Canada to write the ETCP Entertainment Electrician Examination.
Dave resides in Nixa, Missouri with his wife Paula. They have two children and four grandchildren. In his spare time, Dave raises Beefmaster cattle and serves on committees for the Beefmaster Breeders United and is President of the Beefmaster Educational Endowment Foundation.
Brandon Arrington brings a wealth of construction knowledge to the team at Paragon 360, with over eighteen years’ experience in the construction industry. Prior to joining the Paragon team, he spent over 15 years working with DeWitt & Associates, the premier commercial general contractor in Southwest Missouri. Starting as part of the Carpenters Union and working his way up to Superintendent, Brandon has been a part of the largest and most notable projects in the region.
Since joining Paragon 360 as an executive level project manager, Brandon helps manage the overall logistics for a multitude of Paragon’s projects that span the nation from corporate meetings, church projects, theatre construction, and amusement parks. He is the main point of contact for many projects, managing everything from schedules, transportation, crews, gear acquisition, and trade coordination.
Tyler Cowen brings over 13 years’ experience in the professional audio, video and lighting industry including both system installation and theatrical production. Tyler spent many years as a technician at Herschend Family Entertainment in Branson, MO responsible for installation of AVL systems and management of productions. Tyler also spent several years as an installer for AT&T cable systems working with copper and fiber transportation, termination and troubleshooting. Tyler is also proficient in network installation and maintenance.
Today, Tyler is one of Paragon’s project managers overseeing logistical details of a vast array of large-scale projects nationwide including everything from crews to travel, trucking and rental assets. Tyler spent time as one of Paragon's AVL installers in addition to working in the prep shop.
John Chambers brings 20+ years of experience in the live event industry to our team. During the course of his career, he has toured with artists like Lyle Lovette, has been a tour manager for experiential marketing campaigns, and the lighting director for multiple large-scale corporate arena events. John is a team player through-and-through! He uses his experience to help with project management and works alongside the team to ensure the project is executed to the expectations of the client and the design team. John loves spending time outside, swimming, hiking, and kayaking. And he's affectionately been called "the world's youngest, grumpy old man."
For 14 years and counting, JD Geyer has been immersed in the construction industry, with professional experience working on schools, hospitals, industrial buildings, multi-family complexes and even an aquarium! Throughout his career, JD has worked for and alongside construction managers, general contractors, property developers and a wide variety of clientele, sharpening his skill of working seamlessly between teams. JD serves as Project Manager for Paragon 360, working with clients, design teams and municipalities to ensure efficient and successful project delivery. He holds a client’s goal as the most important project element, as well as the process of achieving that goal, and firmly believes that a project is only truly successful when the client says so. JD knows the basis for providing an unparalleled experience to a client lies in a collaborative approach to decision-making, emphasizing communication, integrity and loyalty—both to team members and the customer.
When not at work, JD can be found working on his ranch or going to the lake with his wife and their two children. He has also taken up metalworking as a new hobby and enjoys creating art and functional décor pieces.
Rich Nelms has over 20 years of experience in audio, video, and lighting design and installation. His career started at a young age, running sound for church services. This love of music and sound soon led to audio work for local bands throughout Springfield and beyond. In his early professional years, he began designing professional audio systems for a multitude of projects, before he went into full-time ministry as a worship director, where he was responsible for leading music, planning all worship services and directing the AVL work.
Rich has worked along-side Mark Coble since joining Paragon 360 in 2005 and has been part of countless projects across many different market segments. Today, Rich spends his time designing and commissioning audio systems for Paragon's projects and designing acoustical solutions. He is also one of Paragon's client representatives.
Jeff Pavelec (JP)
JP brings 30 years of consultative sales experience to the Paragon team with over 15 years in the professional AVL industry. Most recently, he has been an Independent Representative with Excellence Marketing – Midwest in St. Louis, MO for some of AV's best manufacturers servicing over 200 integrators. JP has extensive experience in integration sales, design, and vendor management. In 2005 it was a lifelong love of music production that drove him to trade an insurance career for one in professional AV. All along the way, building relationships has always been his paramount concern.
He has a track record of consistent growth beyond expectations, is an expert relationship builder, and is always driven by the vision of his clients. His deep understanding of the industry from many different perspectives will help Paragon 360 create engaging environments for more clients across diverse market segments who demand uncompromised excellence. JP will be based in St. Louis MO and will be working to strengthen Paragon’s Midwest presence in the corporate, church, and entertainment industry as a client representative.
JP plays several instruments with spectacular mediocrity, is an avid soccer and hockey fan, and likes to improvise in the kitchen. Married to Debbie with dogs, Josie and Mongo, they live in Edwardsville, IL, and like to take drives along the Mississippi.
Susan Wiles brings over 25 years of business management and accounting experience to paragon 360™ and serves as one of Paragon's Client Representatives. She has helped the company thru expansions, acquisitions and relocation's. Susan assists with Paragon 360's business operations, and front-end client relations. With a multi-faceted business background across theater management and operations, Susan understands the benefits of utilizing a turn-key design company and is able to share that experience and knowledge with the clients and staff of Paragon 360.
Jay Ballard brings over 30 years of experience to Paragon 360 from the professional audio, video, and lighting industry. His career spans many market segments from Busch Gardens to School Districts and over 23 years in media ministry with large mega-churches.
Most recently Jay was the Media Director at First Baptist Jacksonville, FL which included producing large events in multiple venues, leading full-time and volunteer AVL teams of over 45 people across 4 campuses, content production for weekly broadcasts, and design/installation of AVL systems. Prior to that Jay spent over 11 years as the Director of Technical Ministries at First Baptist Church, Plant City, FL with many of the same responsibilities. While at FBC Plant City, Jay also oversaw the AVL design and installation of a new campus project with a $1.2M AVL budget carried out by Paragon 360.
Jay has been part of the Media Metro Association for 10 years and has been an officer of that group for 2 years. He comes to Paragon as a client representative managing the front end of projects, sales, and client management.
Jay lives in Plant City, FL with his wife Jill and their two daughters.
Mark Morton has been actively engaged in the pro-audio and video industry since 1969. In 1976, he started Sounds Great/SG Integration and continued to aggressively expand the outside sales and installation efforts of that firm with much success. Mark grew the company significantly over 37 years and sold the company to Donnie and Karen Brawner in 2013. Since then, Mark has been serving Paragon 360 in a sales capacity and continues to help manage several long-term clients ensuring their AVL needs are met and the best solutions possible are implemented.
Audio/Acoustics Design & Commissioning
Mark brings over 30 years’ experience to the Paragon 360 design team. Mark joined the team in 2003 and leads the audio and acoustical design work. Mark is one of the most experienced designers on our team with over 500 projects under his belt for clients spanning numerous market segments: churches, stadiums, retail establishments, theatres, and performing arts venues nationwide. He is a favorite among clients and coworkers and is one of the most accomplished designers in the region. The results of his system designs have been outstanding as Mark has knack for finding the perfect solution for a very wide range of needs.
Besides leading his local Boy Scout Troop, Mark enjoys spending time hitting the trails on his mountain bike with his two sons. Mark also serves as a FOH engineer for his home church, James River Church in Ozark, MO. Mark is a sought-after audio engineer and is called upon for high profile events in the local region, for college sporting events broadcast on ESPN3 and as the broadcast audio engineer for The Mystery Hour, a 4-time Emmy Award winning nationally syndicated talk show hosted out of Springfield, MO.
Video/Audio Design & Commissioning
Brian Roggow joined the Paragon 360™ Family with over 30 years’ experience in the AVL design world, and has held positions as Front of House Engineer with numerous Touring and recording Artists. With an extensive background in the recording arts, Brian holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications with a Music Minor from Evangel University, and has also pursued undergraduate studies at Azusa Pacific University.
Prior to his appointment at Paragon 360™, Brian held the position of Senior Design Consultant for Michael Garrison Associates in Fresno, California. During his time at MGA, Brian also served as the MGA Project Manager over all audio and video technical system installations for Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky, where he later joined the staff as the Lead Audio Engineer. Most recently, Brian spent five years as a Systems Integrator and Engineer for James River Assembly of God Church in Springfield, Missouri, where he oversaw numerous arena events and large-scale productions. Brian also served as Audio Engineer for numerous Billy Graham crusades and Derric Johnson’s THE RE’GENERATION, a renowned vocal touring ensemble that performed for millions of people in concerts across the country
Brian has extensive experience in worship space design, operation, and project management. He has been a part of countless projects over his 30-year career, from worship space renovations and new construction to large scale live event work and production management.
Lighting Design & Commissioning
Richard has worked in theatrical production for over two decades, with many of those years in the Branson entertainment industry. With varied experience under his belt, he’s spent years as a front of house audio engineer, a lighting director and designer, and as an installer of AVL systems on various projects from amusement parks to retail establishments, theatres, and churches.
Today, Richard works as a lighting designer for Paragon 360™. His main responsibilities include design and development of lighting systems, creation of detailed drawings and commissioning, programming and training of lighting systems for clients in the field.
Video Production Designer
After graduating with a bachelor's degree in Film Science, Matt spent 10 years working in documentary films, syndicated television, live event and studio broadcasting. Matt loves video production and is most passionate about executing high-quality productions. He brings that passion to Paragon projects, ensuring the highest level of quality through strategic system design. Beyond video production, Matt is an avid film buff and enjoys watching a variety of film types. He's also a classically trained musician and amateur sommelier.
Kelly brings over 24 years of interior design experience to Paragon 360 and holds a B.S. in interior design from Missouri State University. With a multi-faceted interior design background, she has experience in hospitality, financial, medical, retail, and residential design. She works with the Paragon design staff in the creation of a comprehensive design solution for each project, coordinating the interior finishes, and helping to bring our clients’ vision to life.
CAD Drafting & Design
Derick joined the Paragon 360 team in 2010, after many years of experience working as a mechanical draftsman designing high-speed labeling machines for some of the biggest household brand names and designing electrical sub-stations, medium voltage switchgear and electrical control systems. He attended ITT Technical Institute in Sacramento, California, where he earned an Associate’s Degree in Computer Aided Drafting and Design.
Derick’s background and expertise provides us with extensive knowledge, as he is responsible for the largest majority of drawing projects that leave the doors of Paragon on a daily basis. We rely on him to help draw, design, and engineer systems for almost all of Paragon’s projects.
CAD Drafter & Designer
Mark brings 28 years of design, drafting and fabrication experience to the Paragon team. He has worked with notable clients, including various Bass Pro Shop properties, JQH Arena & Jack Henry & Associates. Prior to pursuing a career as a CAD Drafter & Designer, he spent 14 years owning and operating his own custom millwork shop.
When not working, Mark is either spending time with family, or designing/building/fixing something mechanical.
3D Graphic Artist/Scenic Designer
Austin has a strong background in creating assets for virtual reality military simulations, as well as considerable experience in video game design and creation. He joined the Paragon team as a member of the 3D Graphic Arts & Scenic Design team. He assists with the creation and design of state-of-the-art renderings used throughout the Paragon 360 process. His contributions to the team help cast the vision of clients around the nation and ensure that each Paragon 360 project is supported with superb professional design imagery.
3D Graphic Artist/Scenic Designer
Ben Rosendahl joined the Paragon 360 team in 2019, where he serves as a 3D Graphic Artist/Scenic Designer, creating images and renderings used throughout the Paragon 360 process. Ben has an in-depth background in video game development, and prior to joining the Paragon 360 team he worked as a Lead Artist and Animator for multiple video design studios. He has been involved with over 30 commercially available titles for PlayStation, Steam, Xbox, Wii, and 3DS.
Ben has experience teaching Game Design, Development, and Animation at his alma matter Missouri State University, from where he holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Computer Animation. A former Interactive Media Designer, he specialized in independent PC, web, mobile, and console game and application development on such platforms as Andriod, IOS, and Steam, as well as multiple VR and AVR platforms. He enjoys creating and solving complex visualizations and using technology to create immersive images and interactive experiences.
Patrick Marstall brings many years of experience to the Paragon 360 installation team. A native of Topeka, Kansas, he moved to Springfield, Missouri, in 2012, and soon found himself involved with church production, serving at James River Church, one of the largest churches in the Midwest. Prior to joining the staff of Paragon 360, he worked for multiple production companies, and spent time studying in the Electrical Field.
Patrick specializes in the preparation, testing, setup and initial programming of audio, video, and lighting systems in high profile church and corporate environments. He spends his time coordinating with designers to understand design intent and integration needs of systems for cross-discipline systems communication.
Gary Todd originally joined the Paragon 360 team as a freelance construction partner. He was soon added to the full-time staff as the FabriTRAK Lead/Installer, specializing in the acoustical elements of Paragon 360 installations across the country. Gary's extensive background in construction management give him over two decades of knowledge and aptitude for the handling of a large assortment of specialty FabriTRAK products and projects.
As a previous construction business owner and manager, Gary's professional experience prior to joining the Paragon 360 team includes positions as a commercial framing supervisor, construction superintendent, and production manager. He has held positions with Mid-Missouri Commercial Framing and Trotter Construction, LLC, and he also has extensive experience in the carpentry field.
Steve brings over (20) years of experience in design and installation of professional audio, video and control systems. He has designed and installed systems in hundreds of churches across the United States and Central America. His projects have ranged from high end conference facilities to 11,000 seat auditoriums in Guatemala City. For (17) years he worked for Michael Garrison Associates as a Senior Designer where he gained experience in high end worship space design and installation. Steve is a certified Extron control system designer.
Today, Steve serves as Paragon's lead video installer and works in conjunction with the design team and install team to get projects installed as designed, on-time and on-budget.
Steve is married to Eva and lives in Ozark, MO.
With a decade of experience in church AVL, Jonathan is able to serve in all areas of our Installation Team. He has substantial experience working as a Front of House Audio Engineer for church youth events, summer camps, and special concerts & programs, and has worked in that capacity at churches throughout Southern Missouri. He has also been called on by many churches in the local area for extensive lighting design and programming. Jonathan is a very bright individual and with his enthusiastic attitude, wide skill range, and hard work ethic, he provides great contributions to our team and our clients.
Christopher Cronsell brings 15 years of experience as a military musician, ten years with the Air Force and five years with the Navy. Before joining the Paragon 360 team, he worked for Diversified within their AV industry for nine months. Christopher is excited to bring his military and musical background into focus, coupled with his desire to bring care to the forefront of the daily workplace. He believes a great system functions best with quality information, communication, and invested care for its functions to ensure the best outcome for all involved.
As an audiophile who seeks the best sounding systems to engage with music that moves him, he is ready to bring his skills to the Paragon 360 team.
Dylan Arrington joins the Paragon team after graduating from high school at Gloria Deo Academy. He plans to work part-time at Paragon while attending school, where he'll begin studying aviation. He has enjoyed learning about the plethora of skills required to work at Paragon. Dylan has learned how to drive several different lifts, cable termination, quality control, audio production and fabrication.
He likes collecting vinyl records and antiques, such as books and old coins. Dylan enjoys growing low-maintenance house plants and will always take whatever coffee is available.
Thor Nelson has been working professionally in live event production and facility installation for over 25 years. Early in his career, he was a stage manager and installer for several cruise lines before finding himself in southwest Missouri working every technical position possible including rigging, front of house audio, lighting direction, and video production.
Thor’s professional experience is extensive, and he enjoys working in every facet of the business. At Paragon 360, Thor is a highly qualified installer, and is focused heavily on installation and service in the local Southwest Missouri market. Thor is equally qualified in the installation of professional audio, video, and lighting systems, and has many years’ experience as a theatrical rigger.
Ronnie brings over 10 years of experience in construction to the Paragon family. Ronnie spent much of his career as a union, journeyman carpenter working with DeWitt construction and PCI drywall in Springfield MO. His extensive background in construction is an asset to Paragon’s installation team. He spends most of his time at Paragon traveling the country installing Fabri-TRAK acoustical systems. He is also a big part of the scenic and staging installation team as well.
Ronnie lives in Clever, MO and enjoys hunting and fishing when he’s not on the road for Paragon.
Rick Wiles joined the Paragon 360® team in 2012. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Missouri State University and has successfully owned and operated several businesses in Southwest Missouri. Rick’s 30+ years of experience has equipped him with a well-rounded set of skills in all aspects of the business arena. With his unparalleled attention to detail on the job site, Rick is one of Paragon 360’s leading FabriTRAK® installers. His outstanding carpentry skills have been essential to the setup, installation and construction of Paragon 360’s custom scenic and staging elements for projects all across the country. His calm, confident demeanor and superb abilities are hallmarks of his contributions to the Paragon 360® team.
Tony Berrier has been working as a member of the Paragon 360® Installation Team for 20 years. He has extensive experience in the setup and installation of lighting, video and rigging systems, and his carpentry skills have allowed him to be a leader in the setup, installation and construction of Paragon 360’s custom scenic and staging elements. Prior to joining Paragon, Tony gained 15 years of experience in the remote sports broadcast industry and has traveled around the country setting up and running production of remote broadcast sports for numerous networks, including ESPN, NBC, the Golf Channel, and CBS Sports. His strong work ethic, combined with his ability to adapt to any situation on the job site, has made Tony a valued asset to Paragon 360’s Installation Team.
Michael has been working in the live events industry for 12 years with a focus on audio engineering and rigging. His experience includes large music festivals, touring Broadway shows and working at Herschend Family Entertainment. Michael's expertise at Paragon is focused on audio engineering and system design. He also enjoys building custom, high-performance computers for high-end PC gaming in his free time.
Installer & ETCP Rigger
Clayton brings over 15 years of AVL rigging and installation experience to Paragon 360. Clayton spends most of his time installing lighting systems and scenic elements in addition to leading much of our rigging system installation.
In 2014, Clayton joined the ranks of the upper 1/3 of riggers working in the entertainment industry when he passed the ETCP Theatre Rigging Test, making him an internationally recognized ETCP Certified Rigger. In the Spring of 2016, he acquired his ETCP Arena Rigging Certification. Those who pass these tests are recognized by industry professionals as the best riggers in the industry.
Installer & ETCP Rigger/Technician
Darren is a seasoned veteran and brings 30 years of audio, video, lighting and rigging installation experience to the Paragon 360 team. Darren first hooked up with Brawner & Associates/Paragon 360™ through Donnie Brawner in 1997 on Wal-Mart corporate meeting projects. Darren was officially added to the Paragon crew in 2001. He has been part of over 175 projects with Paragon from theatrical installations, to live event production work, rigging work, church installations and project management.
In 2012, Darren joined the ranks of the upper 1/3 of riggers working in the entertainment industry when he passed the ETCP Theatre Rigging Test, making him an internationally recognized ETCP Certified Rigger. Those who pass these tests are recognized by industry professionals as the best riggers in the industry.
Installer & ETCP Rigger/Technician
Jay Lewis began brings 30 years of experience to the Paragon 360 team. He has been a member of IATSE Local 31 in Kansas City, MO in 1988. Jay started his professional rigging career in 1996 and has since rigged over 1,000 events in the greater Kansas City area. Jay first hooked up with Brawner & Associates/Paragon 360™ through Donnie Brawner in 1997 on Wal-Mart corporate meeting projects. Jay was officially added to the Paragon crew in 2001 and has been part of many projects with Paragon from theatrical installations to live event production work, rigging work, church installations and project management.
In 2012, Jay joined the ranks of the upper 1/3 of riggers working in the entertainment industry when he passed the ETCP Theatre Rigging Test, making him an internationally recognized ETCP Certified Rigger. Those who pass these tests are recognized by industry professionals as the best riggers in the industry.
Prep Shop, Intern
Parker Waterman has previous experience working as an Inventory Technician in the Springfield Underground. Parker is currently attending Evangel University studying Biblical Studies and Business Management. During his time in the shop, he has learned a lot about how light fixtures work. Parker has enjoyed learning skills from all the different parts of the business, including audio production and design.
When not in the shop, he enjoys playing disc golf with friends from James River Church, where he also plays drums at the main and west campuses. Parker also enjoys the delicacies of Brazilian cuisine.
Paragon Fabrication General Manager
As Production Manager for Paragon 360, Chris oversees the design, coordination, and fabrication of Paragon’s custom scenic, staging, and architectural elements. He enjoys the challenge of figuring out how to create something that has not been made before and have it fit a specific function and aesthetic for a client.
His skill sets include over 25 years in corporate architecture and custom fabrication. His experience Includes projects across the country for numerous notable clients, including Bass Pro Shops, Disney, Herschend Family Entertainment, Big Cedar Lodge, Cedar Fair Entertainment, Wonders of Wildlife and the Florida Aquarium.
He works closely with the Design, Fabrication, and Installation teams, ensuring that our custom scenic and staging elements continually surpass our clients’ expectations.
Chris is a Co-Owner of Paragon Fabrication.
Paragon Fabrication Shop Manager
Josh brings over 19 years’ experience in exhibit fabrication and themed element design to Paragon 360. Josh has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Arizona State University with an emphasis in woodworking and sculpture. His career has kept him involved in nearly every aspect of building themed environments from design, purchasing, project management and fabrication to fostering customer relations and project estimation.
Notable clients include Herschend Family Entertainment, Disney, Coca-Cola, and Bass Pro properties including Wonders of Wildlife, Cabela’s, Big Cedar Lodge, Top of the Rock, Buffalo Ridge, and the Pyramid. Josh is an experienced carver and sculptor, working in wood, foam, metal, and resins. He has completed hundreds of wildlife wood carvings and many original models used for molding and casting replications in resins, concrete, and pewter. As Paragon 360’s fabrication manager, Josh manages the daily fabrication crew and the various projects moving through the shop.
CAD Drafting & Design/Fabricator
Debbie joined Paragon 360 in 2019 and serves as the lead CAD Drafter & Designer for the Paragon Fabrication Team. She has a degree in Building Information Modeling (BIM), and has done CAD Drafting & Design work for multiple clients throughout Southwest Missouri. Prior to pursuing a career as a CAD Drafter & Designer, she spent 25 years as a private business owner. She also holds a degree in Early Childhood Development.
Larry Kenney has 10 years’ experience with Paragon 360’s custom fabricated products. He has over 30 years’ experience in welding fabrication and has worked on projects with Herschend Family Entertainment, Disney and Bass Pro Shops to name a few. Larry spends his day building, creating and fabricating a wide range of Paragon 360’s products from custom scenic and staging elements to drum enclosures and more. When Larry gets a little free time, he enjoys metal sculpting and blacksmithing.
Ron Shulz leads the Wood Fabrication Department at Paragon 360. Prior to joining the Paragon 360 Team, Ron spent several years working in the wood industry, achieving the title of Master Craftsman in Woodworking from the City & Guilds of London. While in England he worked in everything from fine furniture restoration to the manufacturing of various wood products.
During his career in the U.S., he has completed many projects for numerous clients including Silver Dollar City, White Water, Dollywood, Bass Pro Shops and Properties, Disney, and many others. A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Ron spent 14 years serving as a Ground Radio Electronics Technician Supervisor at duty stations in Greece, Turkey, England, and across the United States.
Tyler Tyson is a valuable asset to Paragon Fabrication as a welder and custom fabricator. He received his welding certification and is looking forward to contributing to the custom scenic and staging elements on all of the upcoming Paragon 360 projects. In his free time he enjoys fishing, spending time in the outdoors and expanding his understand of the science and technology of metals, their production and purification.
Mark Wood brings valuable knowledge and experience to the Paragon Fabrication team, having spent the past twenty seven years in the fabrication industry. He has a variety of expertise, including metal and wood finishing, machine assembly and inspection, and cabinetry work. Mark first got into woodworking when he got a job with his brother at a cabinet shop. From there, Mark went on to make specialized signs and props, and later worked for ACGI making custom specialty wood ceilings. Mark hand makes guitars in his free time, emphasizing his skill and attention to detail.
Jerry Davis joined the Paragon Fabrication team with 10 years of experience in multiple construction and fabrication trades. His past experiences include home remodeling, carpentry, welding, and metal work. He also held a position of Inspector for large commercial grade cranes, and checked for PPE compliance. In his free time, Jerry enjoys fishing, hunting, and anything related to the outdoors.
Ben grew up woodworking with his father and grandfather. He attended Missouri State University, graduating with a B.A. in English – Creative Writing and a minor in Folklore.
Ben has a variety of experiences that make him a real asset to the Paragon team. Following graduation, he managed small scale organic farms for 4 years and then worked in a fully custom cabinet shop in North Carolina. He has over 10 years’ experience in cabinet making, furniture making and finish carpentry.
In his spare time Ben enjoys backpacking, cycling and playing disc golf.
Matt Pursley is an experienced woodworker, and a valuable asset to our fabrication team. He has a variety of fabrication skills, and has a background in cabinetry and finish woodwork. He began to learn carpentry when he inherited his grandfather’s extensive collection of wood working tools, sparking Matt's interest and passion. In his free time, Matt enjoys playing golf and watching sports, especially the St. Louis Cardinals, and also makes wood projects such as tables and small furniture items for his family and friends.
Kevin comes from a long line of carpenters. He spent his childhood working alongside his father and grandfather. He graduated from Midwest Technical Institute where he studied welding. Kevin is a natural fit for the Paragon family as he loves the process of finishing a project and seeing the enjoyment that people get from it.
In his free time Kevin enjoys hunting and loves spending time on the lake.
Dennis Baier has a variety of experience, making him a talented asset to our Fabrication team. A paramedic for over 40 years, Dennis taught and trained new paramedics for 25 years in both Iowa and Missouri. He has extensive carpentry and craftsmanship background from over 10 years experience remodeling homes. This included everything from full bathroom remodels to kitchen cabinets and finish work. Along with home remodels, Dennis made hand crafted furniture from his home shop. Dennis enjoys fishing, and working on antique muscle cars in his spare time, as well as spending time with his seven grandchildren.
Alex brings 12 years of experience to the Paragon Family. He started his career working for a champion taxidermy studio. During his 9 year stay there he learned to sculpt, make molds, and eventually became the lead airbrush artist. He then moved to a custom fabrication shop where, as an airbrush artist, he specialized in faux finishes and unique paint jobs for museums, aquariums, theme park projects, and themed retail spaces.
Notable clients include Disney, Herschend Family Entertainment, Frontpage Attractions, Bass Pro Shops, and Missouri State University.
Bryan Keeland has worked in art and fabrication for over 30 years. His grandfather was a carpenter and taught him to love building and creating.
He has also worked as a sculptor, a furniture builder, an imagery specialist, and a fabricator, eventually becoming a master Potter at Silver Dollar City.
Bryan has worked for notable clients such as Disney, Hershend Family Entertainment, Bass Pro, and other highly regarded companies.
Tim grew up in Seneca, Missouri. He later attended Crowder College where he graduated with a General Studies major, with an emphasis in green building practices. He later moved to Springfield where he gained electrical experience installing solar panels. Tim then worked for a local furniture store where he learned to design, repair, and upholstery.
In his free time, Tim enjoys spending time with his wife on their homestead with their chickens, pigs, rabbits, and dogs.
Cody Stanford brings over ten years of fabrication, machining and welding experience to the Paragon Fabrication team, where he serves as the Custom Fabricator. Prior to this position, Cody worked as a welder and blacksmith; these skills make him a highly valuable artisan and contribute much versatility to the team.
In his free time, Cody likes riding dirt bikes, barbequing and building his own furniture. From his five years playing guitar and touring with multiple bands, Cody is passionate about music and enjoys making custom guitars as well.
Donald Rabon, Fabricator for the Paragon team, is passionate about client-focused design. He is responsible for the assembly of completed products, ensuring they all align properly before shipping. Donald brings a substantial amount of construction experience to his position, with skills in metal fabrication (skyscrapers and aerospace), residential areas, canopy work and decorative guttering. He loves taking raw materials and transforming them into a product that satisfies and exceeds a client’s desires.
Donald’s three children—all under the age of five—keep him young. In his free time, he enjoys bow hunting whitetail deer and being an active member of his church community.