Donnie Brawner is the founder and majority owner of Paragon Fabrication and acts as the company’s CEO. Donnie has over 30 years’ experience in business leadership and executive management with a proven ability to scale. He is also the founder and CEO of Paragon 360, a company he and his wife Karen founded in 2000.
Paragon Fabrication was initially founded to better support the custom scenic and staging work provided by Paragon 360 to its house of worship clients nationwide. In addition, the company is developing its own corporate client base across many diverse market segments. Today the company works in retail, 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 is also an owner with his wife Karen at Brawner Holdings, LLC and a Co-owner of P360 Holdings LLC. Additionally, he acquired Sounds Great, LLC in 2013, an AVL leader in the Midwest for over 30 years. He is accomplished in leadership, operations, marketing, business management and most importantly unparalleled customer service. 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. As a member of Paragon Fabrications executive team, Todd works alongside Paragon's 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.
Co-Owner / VP, Design Services
Ron Robertson brings over 28 years of design experience ranging from custom scenic, staging and architectural elements to professional audio, video, and lighting. Ron is the Vice President of Design Services for Paragon Fabrication. Ron oversees, directs and coordinates most all of 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 / 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 / Chief Strategy Officer
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.
Vice President, Client Development
Ryan Cowen brings 17 years of experience in the AVL industry to the Paragon family. 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.
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.
Director of Installation Services
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 DHP 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 the Paragon team as an Onsite Installation Supervisor in 2019.
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.
Susan Wiles brings over 25 years of business management and accounting experience to the Paragon team and serves as one of Paragon's Client Representatives. She has helped the company thru expansions, acquisitions and relocation's. Susan assists with Paragons 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.
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. As a Client Representative, Rich has been part of countless Paragon projects across many different market segments.
Jay Ballard brings over 30 years of experience to Paragon 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.
Jeff Pavelec (JP)
JP brings 30 years of consultative sales experience to the Paragon team. 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 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.
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.
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 project is supported with superb professional design imagery.
3D Graphic Artist/Scenic Designer
Ben Rosendahl joined the Paragon team in 2019, where he serves as a 3D Graphic Artist/Scenic Designer, creating images and renderings used throughout the Paragon process. Ben has an in-depth background in video game development, and prior to joining the Paragon 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.
Brandon Arrington brings a wealth of construction knowledge to the team at Paragon, 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 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.
Glenda is the Administrative Coordinator for our Project Management team. 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 natural fit with the Paragon's culture. She lives in Springfield and enjoys all the city has to offer. In her free time, she loves to spending time with her 10 -soon to be 11- grandchildren.
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 Fabrication, 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.
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.
CAD Drafting & Design/Fabricator
Debbie joined Paragon 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.