Doug founded Paragon in 2017 through the acquisition of ATC Nuclear. His nuclear career spans more than 35 years in various leadership roles across several leading industry suppliers. Well known in the industry for providing innovative solutions for the industry’s biggest challenges, Doug has been successful in developing strategies and high growth, both organically and through key acquisitions with Private Equity partners.
In addition to acquiring ATC Nuclear, Doug led the successful acquisition of AP Services in 2009 which he sold to Curtiss-Wright in 2012. He also completed the purchase of NLI by Paragon in 2020, as well as Paragon’s acquisitions of Technology Resources and Rock Creek (both in 2021). He received his MBA from the McColl School of Business at Queens University.
Chief Operating Officer
Chris received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Union College where he graduated Eta Kappa Nu, an Electrical Engineering Honor Society. Chris is the sole and co-inventor of various patents for Power Electronics technology. Chris’ core competencies are Electrical Circuit Design and Analysis, Mechanical Design, and Product Design and Development. Chris has fulfilled several positions to assist in the growth and changes to Paragon over the past several years. In his current management position, Chris remains the main technical lead for the facility, as well as being responsible for facility operation, growth, and compliance to industry standards. Chris resides in Poestenkill, NY with his wife Stefanie and two children. He enjoys the outdoors with his family, hiking, camping, snowshoeing, skiing and supporting his children with horseback riding, soccer, and baseball.
Vice President, Business Development
Tighe has spent the last 15 years working in various roles in the commercial nuclear power industry. His experience includes product development, safety-related product and system sales and nuclear business management. He has a Bachelor's of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering and is a graduate of the University of Tennessee's MBA program. Tighe served in the United States Army National Guard. Tighe is a native of Knoxville and is married to his wife Heather and has one daughter.
Vice President, Human Resources
Heather Born is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and a certified Senior HR Professional with over 10 years of experience. Throughout her career, Heather has held various roles in Human Resources supporting unique industries focused on recruitment, on-boarding, compensation and management of the employee life-cycle. Currently, she’s responsible for leading all HR initiatives and activities across the organization. Heather is from east Tennessee and is married to her husband Chris. Together they have one son.
Vice President, Finance
Chip joined the Paragon team in the spring of 2018, and has since overseen many financial changes including new pricing strategies, new forecasting processes, the implementation of a new ERP and the acquisition of NLI. Prior to joining Paragon, Chip spent 7 years at Bank of America working in Finance and Corporate Treasury where he was responsible for producing and modeling business line forecasts, analyzing macro financial trends, and producing regulatory submissions. Chip has an MBA from the Haslam School of Business at the University of Tennessee and received his undergraduate degree from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
Vice President, Sales
Matt has spent the last 14 years working in various roles in the commercial nuclear power industry. His experience includes fluid sealing technologies, commercial grade dedication, and various areas in instrumentation and controls. He has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Marketing from the University of Pittsburgh. He currently resides in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, is married to his wife Nikki and has 2 young children.
Vice President, Operations
Throughout his career, Mark has held various positions in product development, project management, customer service, business integration, operations, finance, and human resources. Currently, he is the General Manager of the Texas facility, responsible for Engineering, Dedication and Qualification Labs, Project Management, Procurement, Planning/Scheduling, and Inventory. A graduate of Angelo State University in Business Management, Mark is from west Texas and has two grown children.
Chief Nuclear Officer
Tracy has over 30 years in the Nuclear Industry. For the last 23 years Tracy has been responsible for the quality assurance and regulatory affairs for Nuclear Logistics. His experience includes Quality Control Inspection, Quality Assurance programs, ASME Section III Division 1, continuous improvement, commercial grade dedication, safety related product, 10CFR part 21 regulatory requirements, and nuclear business management. Tracy started his career in the nuclear industry with GE Nuclear Energy performing in-service inspections during re-fueling outages. With NLI, starting out as a QC inspector, he progressed through the QA organization. Tracy previously served as Director of Quality Assurance, and now in the CNO role, Tracy is a senior member of the Paragon Leadership Team and owner of Quality Assurance and regulatory affairs within Paragon. Tracy is a member of the NQA-1 Subcommittee for Engineering and Procurement. Tracy is a native to Texas, born and raised in Fort Worth. He is married to his wife Joelle, is the father of four boys, and has been blessed with two grandsons.
Senior Director, Sales
John’s core competencies are as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) for Paragon’s variety of product offerings. John has held several positions over his 24 years with the company, including Director of International Sales and currently the Senior Director for Nuclear Sales Operations. In his current role, John is responsible for the inside sales team and all outgoing proposals. John still plays an active role in International and DOE/DOD business development activities.
John received his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Distribution from Texas A&M University where he graduated Sigma Delta, the Industrial Distribution Honor Society. He received his Master of Engineering Technical Management also from Texas A&M University with an emphasis on Leadership and Data Driven Decision Making. John lives in Hurst, TX with his wife and 2 daughters. He loves martial arts and is an American Karate Blackbelt and instructor. He enjoys traveling with his wife and Texas A&M football with his friends.
Ted has more than four decades of experience in managing utility and DOE projects across U.S. and international sites. Ted is the Past President of the American Nuclear Society (ANS) and currently serves as the Chairman of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) SC45A Working Group A9 on Nuclear Instrumentation Systems. He is the former President of Technology Resources.
Chief Innovation Officer
Gregg is the founder and former president of Rock Creek Innovations, an innovation company that designs and licenses the Highly Integrated Protection System (HIPS) Platform for use in U.S. NRC-regulated Nuclear Safety Related Control Systems, as well as delivers critical features for protection safety systems and cyber security. Gregg brings a unique skill set that has revolutionized the industry with the HIPS Platform.