Owner/President & CEO
Donnie Brawner has 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 rebranded 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 is also the founder, Co-owner and CEO of Paragon Fabrication, LLC and a Co-Owner of P360 Holdings, LLC, and Brawner Holdings, LLC.
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.
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 as the Vice President and a member of Paragon 360's executive team, Ron has a hand in almost every aspect of the company’s daily operations. Additionally, he oversees 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.
Vice President, Client Development
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 three years as an Installer with Paragon 360, Ryan moved through the ranks as a client representative and spent most of his time managing the front end of projects alongside CEO Donnie Brawner.
In 2019, Ryan was promoted to Vice President, Client Development. Ryan spends 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.
Chief Financial Officer
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.
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.
Susan Wiles brings over 25 years of business management and accounting experience to paragon 360™ and serves as the company’s Controller. She has helped the company thru expansions, acquisitions and relocations and seen the staff grow from 10 to over 50. Aside from handling all general accounting responsibilities, she also assists with Paragon 360's business operations, and front- end client relations. With a multi-faceted business background across theatre 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.
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.
Director of Procurement
Kelly O’Bryant joined the Paragon 360 team in 2014 and serves as the Director of Procurement. An alumnus of the University of Kansas and a veteran of the United States Navy, his 30 years of experience in nearly every aspect of the music industry make Kelly a valuable asset to Paragon 360.
As the Director of Procurement, Kelly also oversees the purchasing, shipping, and logistics of all equipment, materials, and components needed for each Paragon 360 project. With over 300 vendor relationships around the globe, he works alongside the Paragon 360 Design, Installation, Project Management, Warehouse, and Central Services teams to ensure that every project is provided with state-of-the-art systems and cutting edge technology. He is the primary point of contact for all of Paragon 360's vendors, suppliers, and distributors, and he is the administrator of the purchasing software system used at Paragon 360.
Prior to his current role, Kelly served as Product Manager and Marketing Coordinator for Paragon 360, and he still assists in those areas as needed.
Emma Schrag has a Bachelor of Marketing degree, and is the Marketing Director for Paragon 360. She oversees all of Paragon's marketing platforms, including trade magazine articles, press releases, content creation, website content development, and social media. She also serves as the point of contact for all press and media requests, and she manages the logistics of all conferences, expos, and trade shows that Paragon 360 attends.
Before coming to Paragon 360, Emma worked as a construction estimator, which cultivated a strong sense of customer engagement, service, and a high level of attention to detail. She also worked in the retail industry through college, where she developed product marketing skills and sales experience. Prior to assuming her current role, Emma worked as a Fabricator as part of the Paragon Fabrication Team.
Kimra Kippes joined the Paragon 360™ team with over 13 years of customer service experience and loves interacting with people. In addition to serving as the initial point of contact for all onsite clients and guests, Kimra helps keep the office streamlined with numerous daily tasks and activities from scheduling to travel, accounting and marketing.
Like many of the cast and crew at Paragon 360, Kimra has deep roots in music and is a singer/songwriter. As the lead vocalist in her own band, she has recorded in Nashville and performed numerous shows nationally since 2014.
Cindy Willis brings a broad range of financial and customer service experience to the Paragon 360™ team as a co-business owner herself. Cindy is responsible for all aspects of keeping the front office running smoothly. She also oversees Accounts Payable and Inventory Management, handling all administrative duties and systems required in maintaining day-to-day business activities of Paragon 360.
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.
Facility Design Specialist
Beau joined the Paragon 360™ family with 17 years in church ministry and extensive knowledge and understanding in the vision and purpose of the local church. He spent over a decade as Creative Director and Worship Leader at Calvary Church in Saint Louis, MO. He also holds degrees in Religious Education and Video Communications from Missouri Baptist University in St. Louis.
At Paragon, Beau is responsible for the scenic/staging design and environment creation on many of Paragon’s projects. A creative designer who loves using every medium possible to create engaging environments, Beau is passionate about great design and implementation. As a part of the Paragon 360 design team, he works hand-in-hand with our 3D Graphic Artists, AVL Systems Designers and executive team to ensure that every environment exceeds our clients’ expectations.
David DeJonge joined the Paragon 360™ Team in 2015 with a wealth of experience in the professional audio, video, & lighting industry. His career as an AVL Engineer began in 1983 at Opryland USA, which lead to numerous positions and design work throughout Branson, including Presleys’ Country Jubilee, The Starlite Theatre, The White House Theatre, and Branson Country USA.
During his tenure in Branson, David also took the lead on several national productions and special events. David has received several awards for his work in lighting & set design, including multiple Telly Awards, and the Aurora Award. David’s work as an Audio Engineer was featured in Pro Sound News, one of the industry’s leading audio publications. He also spent time as an Audio Engineer for Johnny Lee, Tony Orlando, and The Bama Band. Additionally, David has substantial experience as an entrepreneur, owning and operating multiple businesses over the years.
With over 30 years of experience in the professional AVL industry, David is uniquely qualified to serve as a Client Representative for Paragon 360™. He spends most of his time in the local southwest Missouri market designing systems, providing quotes, and providing service work throughout the Midwest.
Alan joined the Paragon 360™ family with more than 25 years of experience in ministry, education and information technology. He spent 23 years as the Music and Media Minister for Glendale Christian Church in Springfield, MO and also served as the IT Director for Gloria Deo Academy for 14 years. While serving in ministry he was also a consultant for churches and schools in the areas of audio, video, lighting, social media, graphic arts and networking.
Before pursuing a career in music and media ministry, he studied electrical engineering and instructional technology and was a member of the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corp. He received a B.S. in Music Education from Missouri State University.
At Paragon, Alan is responsible for system design and specification of audio, video and lighting systems as well as scenic and acoustical elements, CAD drawings, speaker modeling, training, and in-house IT needs. His passion for ministry and attention to detail yields creative solutions for every budget.
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.
Audio/Acoustics Design & Commissioning
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.
Audio/Video 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.
A native of Springfield, Missouri, Nic White joined the Paragon 360 Team as an Audio Intern in May of 2019. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Science Degree at College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Missouri, where he is majoring in General Engineering, with an anticipated graduation date in the Spring of 2020. As the Audio Intern for Paragon 360, Nic assists the Audio Team with EASE Modeling and AutoCAD design work. Following his graduation from College of the Ozarks, Nic hopes to pursue a career in the Audio Industry or Electrical Engineering.
Nic enjoys playing basketball and cross country running, and he also builds and flies his own drones.
Video/Acoustics Design & Commissioning
Tony Bishop’s career is still expanding after 35 years as one of the most experienced designers on our team. His early experience included positions at radio stations and jobs in entertainment, electronic media, and stage production. For the last 20 years, he has been designing, consulting, and building complex audio, video and show control systems, and designing acoustical solutions for clients across many different market segments nationwide.
As an adjunct instructor at Missouri State University and College of the Ozarks, Tony enjoyed teaching classes in media studies, including audio and video production. Tony has a Master of Arts Degree in Communications/Electronic Media from Missouri State University.
Today, Tony leads the video design work for Paragon 360 to include projection and display systems, control rooms, camera systems, digital signage and show control systems. Tony also works in conjunction with Mark Coble and Rich Nelms on acoustical and audio design.
Lighting Designing & 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.
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.
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 Drafting & Design
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.
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.
Kevin was destined for this line of work. He was only six when he stepped onto stage for the first time, as his father was one of the first producers of the Grand Ole Opry on the Road. Since then, he’s been an actor, an audio engineer and had speaking roles in Hollywood studio features. He has gained extensive industry knowledge working on numerous production jobs as a set builder and scenic painter, a prop master, an art director, and has made hundreds of national and international TV commercials and film productions.
Since joining Paragon 360 as an executive level project manager, Kevin 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.
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.
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.
Installation Lead/ETCP Rigger
Clayton brings over 15 years of AVL rigging and installation experience to Paragon 360. As Paragon’s Installation Lead, Clayton is responsible for the onsite work that happens during a Paragon installation. At the office he works closely with the design staff and the project manager on the development and logistics of projects and pre-installation planning. In the field, he manages the installation of projects and coordinates details between clients, contractors and other trades. Clayton spends between 150-170 days a year on the road managing Paragon’s installations.
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.
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 an Onsite Installation Supervisor 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.
Video Installation Lead
Jared brings over a decade of experience to the Paragon 360 team. 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 and video systems, as well as training staff and ministry volunteers.
Today, Jared is the lead video installer responsible for the installation of video production and presentation hardware on Paragon 360™ projects. He works closely with Tony Bishop to ensure that video systems “as built” live up to the client’s expectations. Jared is a critical part of Paragon’s installation team.
Lighting Installation Lead
Matt Dean joined the Paragon 360® Team with over a decade of experience in the lighting industry, with a well-versed background that includes design, programming, commissioning, training and installation. Matt began his lighting career in Nashville, Tennessee, where he spent four years touring with Blake Shelton as a lighting technician. Prior to joining the Paragon 360® staff, he held the position of Lighting Director for James River Church, one of the largest churches in the Midwest, with a weekly attendance of over 14,000.
Today, Matt's responsibilities include installation, commissioning and training of Paragon 360's many projects in addition to assisting with design efforts.
Audio Installation Lead
Jimmy Frink is a 30-year veteran of sound and lighting system installation and joined the sounds great/SG Integration team in 1989 before it was acquired by Paragon 360 in 2013. He has established a very positive reputation among hundreds of vendors, suppliers and clients due to his dependability and professionalism, making him a great resource to the Paragon 360™ team.
Jimmy has been with the company longer than any other staff member and has installed systems in churches all across the country from small local facilities to mega-churches, as well of hundreds of academic projects. Jimmy's early “claim to fame” came with the band Fools Face as a singer/songwriter and guitarist. The band toured nationally in the 1980's, landing in Los Angeles briefly until members went their separate ways. The group occasionally gets together for reunion shows.
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.
Daniel Brown joined the Paragon 360 Team with over a decade of experience in the AVL world, with an emphasis in television & church video production. Starting out as a volunteer in live audio & video production in his teens, Daniel went on to spend several years as part of the AVL Production Team at James River Church in Springfield MO, responsible for weekly production operations, systems installation for large events, and audio engineer work for youth ministries.
Daniel’s in-depth background in Video Production & Broadcast make him an ideal fit for the Paragon 360 Team, where he focuses on the installation & operation of state-of-the-art audio and video systems for Paragon 360 clients across the country.
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.
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. As part of the Paragon 360 Installation Crew, Patrick specializes in Lighting Installation, and travels to job sites throughout the country on a regular basis.
Logan’s AVL experience started during his teenage years, assisting with audio and lighting at James River Church in Springfield, Missouri, one of the largest churches in the Midwest, which eventually lead to a position as Front of House Audio Engineer before joining the Paragon 360 team in 2018. As part of the Paragon 360 Installation Crew, he frequently travels to job sites throughout the nation, assisting with audio and lighting installations at every level.
Taylor Merrifield joined the ranks of Paragon 360 in May of 2019, and is one of our highly qualified video installers. He recently graduated from Ozarks Technical Community College in Springfield, Missouri, with an Associate's Degree in Network Technology. Taylor has experience in the customer service field, as well as extensive technology experience from his time working for Apple as a Business Consultant. He assisted a variety of businesses, churches, and venues who used Apple and needed tech support, as well as potential clients who were looking to purchase and install Apple products. Taylor’s grandfather ran a drive-in movie theater and Orpheum, and Taylor developed a deep interest in all things movie and video-game related. He built his first computer when he was 13, and has been involved in the technology field ever since.
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.
ETCP Certified 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.
ETCP Certified 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.
Chris is a hometown boy, born and raised in Springfield, MO, and has over 20 years’ experience in construction including everything from house framing, plumbing, irrigation and steel erection. He is also a certified welder-pipe fitter and has experience in heavy equipment operation. Chris has done some installation work with the company but serves primarily as the warehouse manager. His responsibilities include inventory tracking, shipping and receiving, managing the prep of equipment for projects and orchestrates the loading and unloading of trucks as they come and go for projects.
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.
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.
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.