Donnie Brawner is the founder and managing member of Paragon Fabrication and acts as the company’s CEO. Donnie has over 34 years’ experience in entertainment field. He has combined extensive design experience with over 30 years in business leadership and executive management with a proven ability to scale. He has created a holistic design approach with a focus on environment creation. He is accomplished in leadership, operations, marketing, business management and most importantly unparalleled customer service.
He founded Paragon Fabrication initially to better support the custom scenic and staging work provided by Paragon 360 to its clients nationwide. Since 2019, he has been focused on diversification of Paragon Fabrication into the corporate world across many diverse market segments from retail to hospitality, entertainment, restaurants and corporate offices. The turn-key business model and the wide array of service offerings is what separates Paragon Fabrication from almost any other firm like it.
Donnie, a successful entrepreneur, is also the founder and CEO of Paragon 360, a company he and his wife Karen founded in 2000. He is also 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, along with her husband Donnie own Paragon 360, and are founders/owners of Paragon Fabrication. She has spent over 30 years on the technical side of the professional entertainment industry. Prior to the launch of Paragon 360, Karen 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. Karen is also a Co-Owner of Brawner Holdings, LLC.
Co-Owner / CFO
Todd Carroll comes to Paragon Fabrication 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.
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.
Co-Owner / General Manager
Chris is a Co-Owner and General Manager of Paragon Fabrication and oversees the design, coordination, and fabrication of Paragon’s custom work. 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 work continually surpass our clients’ expectations.
Co-Owner / VP, Design Services
Ron Robertson is a Co-owner of Paragon Fabrication and brings over 28 years of design experience to the table ranging from custom scenic, staging and architectural elements to professional audio, video, and lighting. Ron is the Vice President of Design Services for Paragon. Ron is very involved in the design aspects of the companies projects. He has also been very involved in product development. He was very instrumental in helping bring all the pieces together to help launch Paragon Fabrication.
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's design division.
Ron is an avid drummer and car enthusiast. He lives in Ozark, MO with his wife Sheryl and son Gavin.
Co-Owner / CSO
Tim Neptune is a Co-owner of Paragon Fabrication, he serves as Paragon's Chief Strategy Officer and is a member of the executive team. As a certified Strategic Planning Facilitator, Tim has lead both Paragon 360 and Paragon Fabrications strategic planning efforts for many years. Tim works to improve the logistics and operational procedures of the Paragon companies.
Tim resides in on the SW coast of Florida with his wife Karen.
Director of Operations
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.
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 Fabrication, Paragon 360 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
Annette Riley comes to Paragon with over 35 years of working in the administrative & accounting world. She has worked for various different companies over the years and this experience helps her bring a unique approach to handling situations and to help direct traffic for the CEO.
She loves to work with people and is excited to bring ideas to the team for the many different aspects of work that Paragon Fabrication does for our clients.
She has been married for 26 years and has 2 beautiful daughters who are now in college continuing their education. You can find Annette on the sideline watching her girls cheer at their University's - as she has always been their #1 fan. She enjoys time on Table Rock Lake with her family and friends every weekend when the weather is right. Otherwise, you can find her chilling at home with her cats and watching TV, and when it's football season she will be routing for Nebraska. She was born in Iowa - but Go Big Red is a family fun time no matter the location.
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 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.
Natalie Robertson had over seven years experience in office administration before joining the Paragon 360 team. Natalie has consistently been involved in the construction, AV and design industry, working in both Springfield, MO, and Denver, CO. She has developed impressive interpersonal and administrative skills from accounting to event planning and travel management.
She loves to keep busy and enjoys adding a standard operation procedure to everything she does in both her personal and professional life. “An object in motion, stays in motion” is Natalie’s mantra. She is going to use her previous office management experience to help create a productive, efficient and fun environment at Paragon 360. Her responsibilities will include being the first impression clients interact with as she greets guests, directs traffic and manages hospitality. She also helps manage the inter office schedules, prepares conference rooms and is the central hub for all of Paragon's travel bookings.
In her personal time, Natalie likes to relax by being outdoors. She enjoys visiting the Ozark Mountains whether it be backpacking, kayaking, camping or just a peaceful walk. Natalie is an Ozark native and feels grateful to live somewhere so beautiful. Besides the outdoors, she also enjoys the culinary world. She often grows veggies in her garden and concocts delicious meals for her friends and family. She will try any dish once, or maybe twice if she isn’t sure on the first taste. Natalie also loves animals and has some fluffy friends of her own. She has a Great Pyrenees and two kitties she absolutely adores.
Paragon Fabrication Shop Manager
Josh brings over 19 years’ experience in exhibit fabrication and themed element design to Paragon. 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.
Dave Loftin is one of the most senior members of our team, with over 50 years of experience in professional rigging. His career started in 1968, building circus scenery for Ringling Brothers. Dave has experience with audio, video and lighting in live event production settings to theatrical road shows and houses of worship. Dave is experienced in rigging systems, scenery construction, project management and technical direction. Dave handles all the rigging design on our projects and is an ETCP certified rigger.
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.
Kelly brings over 24 years of interior design experience to Paragon family 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 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.
Dan brings over 24 years of experience in architectural design, 3D modeling, animation and illustration to Paragon Fabrication as our Project Coordinator. He has worked in several industries including architecture, law, medical, entertainment, education and advertising.
Notable clients include Bass Pro Shops, Silver Dollar City, Siemens and Wonders of Wildlife. He will bring his design and 3D talents to our fabrication department to help them pre-visualize design options and fabrication methods. He is excited about exploring technologies such as augmented reality (AR) which gives us new ways to examine and iterate through the design process.
In Dan’s free time he loves spending time with his wife and daughters on their 40 acres and tending to his beehives.
Larry Kenney has 10 years’ experience with Paragon’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’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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lynn Hall serves as the Artistic Finisher for the Paragon Fabrication team. She went to school for Graphic Design and worked in that field before taking a break in her career to start a family. Before her current position, Lynn worked as an artist in a fabrication shop, where she honed the skills she currently uses in all her projects at Paragon. You can find Lynn painting almost anything—from hand-painted leaves to wood grain on metal. She has cultivated her fine art talents by herself and even does commissioned work for individuals, including portraits and other paintings.
In her free time, Lynn enjoys antiquing, exploring walking trails and all things outdoors. She loves spending time with her family, especially her three grandbabies.
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.
Randall Amos brings his unique experience in the legal and insurance industries to his role as a Fabricator. Though he has corporate experience, his passion for building and creating things that last led him to us. In his role, Randall combines his artistic abilities and his passion to help increase client satisfaction in the products designed by Paragon.
Randall enjoys spending his free time doing outdoor activities like fishing and hiking. He is also an excellent guitar player and a talented wood worker.
Austin joins our team at Paragon Fabrication as a Fabricator, bringing with him six years of carpentry experience. He is very excited about contributing everything he has learned along his professional journey to our team and getting a fresh look at new projects. In his spare time, he is a home audio enthusiast.
Melissa joins Paragon Fabrication as an artistic finisher. She brings an extensive background in professional painting with her having studied sculpture and visual communication at The Art Institute of Chicago, and has been making art since she could crawl. Melissa is excited to utilize her skills at Paragon and accomplish her creative goals. In her free time, she loves to collect antiques and go thrifting. Melissa also draws inspiration from being outside near the water.
Alex joins Paragon Fabrication as an Artistic Fabricator. He has many years of experience in theater work and construction, working across the US. Alex grew up in Oklahoma until moving to Alaska where he helped build a coffee shop, which he and his sister would run. Making many connections from this business venture, he was asked to move to Hawaii for exciting opportunities. He has spent the last 16 years in both locations, building and instructing. He worked on Artesia and at Noko Theater in Hawaii, as well as teaching permaculture. Alex then moved back to West Plains, MO, where he is helping his parents construct fun activities for their resort.
Alex brings a fun-loving personality to the team. He is excited to share his creativity and humor with Paragon Fabrication. In Alex's free time, he loves working on his own projects, and making art, but most of all, he loves music. Alex loves to write, sing, play his ukulele, and produce his own music. In Hawaii, he even had his own radio show where he could share his love for music. Alex now lives in Missouri with his girlfriend, Bethanea, and their two dogs.
Andrew joins Paragon Fabrication as a Fabricator. His professional background started in the fields of Education and Healthcare. He taught courses in the areas of English, Religion, and Physical Education in Independence, MO. In 2020, Andrew became interested in branching out into a different field. Both his father and wife are practicing architects, which inspired Andrew to pursue the construction industry. While working at a cabinet shop Andrew picked up another critical skill, Drafting. Leveraging his teaching experience, Andrew can present some great concepts and practices to the team moving forward. He is very excited to bring his passion and new ideas to Paragon Fabrication.
Andrew enjoys spending his free time doing outdoor activities, traveling internationally, as well as playing and coaching soccer. He has taken several mission trips over the last five years and has been able to visit places such as India, Kenya, Napal and France. He lives with his wife, Ellie, and their dog.
Brandon joins Paragon Fabrication as an Artistic Fabricator. His background includes over 6 years of construction experience. He has worked in Branson and Springfield, doing both fabrication and truss work. He also runs his own business as your classic smalltown handyman. Brandon is excited to share his unique and creative perspective with the Paragon Team.
In his spare time, Brandon enjoys woodworking and carving, along with building furniture. He lives with his wife, Keisha, and they have a 1-Year-Old, Rowen. They also live with their two dogs, Marco and Prue.
As a Client Representative for Paragon Fabrication, Ryan’s number one goal is to take care of Paragon’s clients.
Ryan Cowen brings 17 years of experience in the AVL industry to Paragon. 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 transitioned client management where he 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. He lives in Nixa, MO with his wife Jessie and daughter Avery.
Brandon Arrington brings a wealth of construction knowledge to the team at Paragon, with over nineteen 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 as a senior 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.
Shawn Lear brings over 30 years’ experience to the Paragon family. Most recently, he spent 16 years working for Bandit Lights in Nashville, TN in different positions such as crew chief, project manager and client representative. He has toured with WWE, Brooks & Dunn, ZZ Top, Jimmy Buffet and Smashing Pumpkins to name a few. He has been part of countless special events and festivals.
Shawn returns to the Paragon world as a Senior Project Manager with extensive experience. Shawn 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.
Shawn loves to spend time on the water with his family and dogs, when time permits.
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 the 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.
Gary Todd originally joined the Paragon 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 installations across the country. Gary's extensive background in construction management gives 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 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.
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.
Tony Berrier has been working as a member of the Paragon 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 Paragons 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 Paragons Installation Team.