ABOUT US

We build enduring reputations that drive business results

Changing the way an industry thinks about you is a journey, not an event. On the way, there will be many wins but the ultimate prize of being respected as an industry leader takes time and focus. We’re here to help you do just that.

About Paragon

Paragon is a communications firm that specializes in delivering content and narrative-driven public relations and marketing programs for its clients. Formed in 2012, Paragon’s hallmark is experienced, trusted hands-on management of customized client engagements.

Dedicated People Doing Great Work

At Paragon, our team brings an array of experiences and capabilities—letting us offer the right expertise to meet our clients’ needs. Our clients make our work fun and we always enjoy the collaborative relationships with them. Together we make a difference for their businesses.

Simon Hylson-Smith

Founder & CEO

Simon loves solving puzzles on behalf of Paragon's clients, delivering content-based solutions that help drive real business results. As a former reporter and editor, he knows what it takes to capture stories that resonate with top-tier media, and also enjoys writing! Outside of work, Simon enjoys hiking through the England country hills with his three dogs.

Ivette Almeida

Director, Media Relations

Ivette thrives on translating complex situations in high-octane environments. She pushes her team to new heights and brings 18+ years experience in PR spanning global markets and industries. Ivette's passport is evident of her inclination to travel in the relentless pursuit of new cultural experiences.

Michelle Eliseo

Director, Marketing

Integrity, passion and creativity are some of Michelle’s hallmarks. These come into play whether she is driving brand strategy and building engaging marketing touchpoints for Paragon’s clients, or perhaps trying something new in the kitchen, exploring museums and planning the next family road trip.

Patrick Sutton

Senior Vice President

Patrick is a catalyst for developing cohesive client narratives. His knowledge and content expertise have empowered strategic campaigns around milestones in disruptive fintech. His passions include writing, delving into a wormhole of random research, Philadelphia sports and NBC’s The Office.

Melissa Even

VP, Marketing

Core to our clients’ marketing initiatives, Melissa focuses on branding, messaging and positioning, collateral creation, event coordination and all things digital. Central to the company’s internal growth and business development, her enthusiasm drives the team to seek creative angles for our clients. Outside of work, she enjoys yoga, traveling and snowboarding.

P.J. Kinsella

VP, Media Relations

P.J. is devoted to increasing client exposure, applying his expertise in media relations and social media to his passion for the fintech landscape. Outside of the office he is an avid rugby player who also enjoys reading, movies and a cool glass of Yoo-Hoo.

Geena De Rose

Account Executive

Geena’s editorial and research experience is reflected in her dynamic role at Paragon, where she supports the agency's full scope of client projects. Always in search of compelling content, Geena particularly favors effective alliteration, thoughtful political discussion and sharp satire.

Erin Tye

Account Executive

Erin thrives working in a space where creativity intersects with strategy. At Paragon, her work spans a wide spectrum, from media relations to messaging and positioning to editorial. Outside of Paragon, Erin spends her time reading, cooking and avoiding Times Square.

Johanna Perez

Associate

Johanna is unafraid to try anything new. She is fascinated with social media, digital marketing and content development, and provides a new perspective on client projects. She enjoys passing her weekends reading and exploring nearby eateries.

Chris Lee

Digital Consultant

Chris takes a ‘big picture’ approach to integrated communications, seeking to understand the touch points at every stage of the customer decision journey. He’s fascinated by how technology has disrupted distribution and forced communications to evolve. As a former journalist and blogger, he’s always focused on the target audience.

Julian Lewis

Consulting Editor

Julian helps clients articulate complex insights, strategies and products in the most compelling way. A highly experienced editor and writer, he relishes the challenge of doing justice to the details while engaging the widest possible audience. Away from the day job, he leads a social enterprise.

Helena Rowe

Consultant

Helena is passionate about delivering creative marketing solutions to clients. With over 20 years of experience in strategic marketing, she enjoys a challenge. An innovative problem solver, she has a strong track record in devising successful campaigns that drive profitability and increase sales. She's also an adventurer - having visited all 7 continents.

Elizabeth Wasmund

Consultant

Elizabeth thrives in a creative environment and delivers innovative and "out-of-the-box" marketing solutions. She has worked on all levels of engagement from bespoke events to corporate re-branding initiatives. Outside of work, she takes advantage of her European-based home via travel and the occasional snowboarding trip.

Hannah Berry George

Creative Director

Quit law. Started acting. Found my funny bone. And have been writing the whole time. I help clients across the globe work out what they want to say and how to say it simply. Clients include Sony, Samsung, MasterCard, chinatown.co.uk, New Balance, notonthehighstreet.com, Delta, and the NHS.

Crysta Horner

Graphic Designer

Crysta expresses ideas through design. She conceptualizes and develops inventive design solutions, whether they are online or offline. When she’s not making the world a prettier place, she likes to contemplate the laws and theories of physics in their relation to the interpretation of astronomical observations. Oh and pizza; she loves pizza.

Kelly Leuck

Office Administrator

Kelly is extremely organized and has a real passion for helping others. With over 15 years of experience in Office Administration, she has excellent time management skills which have enabled her to become a successful multi-tasker. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three kids.

Colleen Hylson-Smith

Director of Operations

Colleen is at the heart of Paragon, ensuring that Operations and Human Resource run smoothly. With her business background, she understands what matters most and how firms can get the best out of their talent. When she's not at Paragon, you'll find her at the gym, doing yoga, or at home playing with her rescue dogs.

Simon Hylson-Smith

Founder & CEO

Simon loves solving puzzles on behalf of Paragon's clients, delivering content-based solutions that help drive real business results. As a former reporter and editor, he knows what it takes to capture stories that resonate with top-tier media, and also enjoys writing! Outside of work, Simon enjoys hiking through the England country hills with his three dogs.

Ivette Almeida

Director, Media Relations

Ivette thrives on translating complex situations in high-octane environments. She pushes her team to new heights and brings 18+ years experience in PR spanning global markets and industries. Ivette's passport is evident of her inclination to travel in the relentless pursuit of new cultural experiences.

Michelle Eliseo

Director, Marketing

Integrity, passion and creativity are some of Michelle’s hallmarks. These come into play whether she is driving brand strategy and building engaging marketing touchpoints for Paragon’s clients, or perhaps trying something new in the kitchen, exploring museums and planning the next family road trip.

Patrick Sutton

Senior Vice President

Patrick is a catalyst for developing cohesive client narratives. His knowledge and content expertise have empowered strategic campaigns around milestones in disruptive fintech. His passions include writing, delving into a wormhole of random research, Philadelphia sports and NBC’s The Office.

Melissa Even

VP, Marketing

Core to our clients’ marketing initiatives, Melissa focuses on branding, messaging and positioning, collateral creation, event coordination and all things digital. Central to the company’s internal growth and business development, her enthusiasm drives the team to seek creative angles for our clients. Outside of work, she enjoys yoga, traveling and snowboarding.

P.J. Kinsella

VP, Media Relations

P.J. is devoted to increasing client exposure, applying his expertise in media relations and social media to his passion for the fintech landscape. Outside of the office he is an avid rugby player who also enjoys reading, movies and a cool glass of Yoo-Hoo.

Geena De Rose

Account Executive

Geena’s editorial and research experience is reflected in her dynamic role at Paragon, where she supports the agency's full scope of client projects. Always in search of compelling content, Geena particularly favors effective alliteration, thoughtful political discussion and sharp satire.

Erin Tye

Account Executive

Erin thrives working in a space where creativity intersects with strategy. At Paragon, her work spans a wide spectrum, from media relations to messaging and positioning to editorial. Outside of Paragon, Erin spends her time reading, cooking and avoiding Times Square.

Johanna Perez

Associate

Johanna is unafraid to try anything new. She is fascinated with social media, digital marketing and content development, and provides a new perspective on client projects. She enjoys passing her weekends reading and exploring nearby eateries.

Chris Lee

Digital Consultant

Chris takes a ‘big picture’ approach to integrated communications, seeking to understand the touch points at every stage of the customer decision journey. He’s fascinated by how technology has disrupted distribution and forced communications to evolve. As a former journalist and blogger, he’s always focused on the target audience.

Julian Lewis

Consulting Editor

Julian helps clients articulate complex insights, strategies and products in the most compelling way. A highly experienced editor and writer, he relishes the challenge of doing justice to the details while engaging the widest possible audience. Away from the day job, he leads a social enterprise.

Helena Rowe

Consultant

Helena is passionate about delivering creative marketing solutions to clients. With over 20 years of experience in strategic marketing, she enjoys a challenge. An innovative problem solver, she has a strong track record in devising successful campaigns that drive profitability and increase sales. She's also an adventurer - having visited all 7 continents.

Elizabeth Wasmund

Consultant

Elizabeth thrives in a creative environment and delivers innovative and "out-of-the-box" marketing solutions. She has worked on all levels of engagement from bespoke events to corporate re-branding initiatives. Outside of work, she takes advantage of her European-based home via travel and the occasional snowboarding trip.

Hannah Berry George

Creative Director

Quit law. Started acting. Found my funny bone. And have been writing the whole time. I help clients across the globe work out what they want to say and how to say it simply. Clients include Sony, Samsung, MasterCard, chinatown.co.uk, New Balance, notonthehighstreet.com, Delta, and the NHS.

Crysta Horner

Graphic Designer

Crysta expresses ideas through design. She conceptualizes and develops inventive design solutions, whether they are online or offline. When she’s not making the world a prettier place, she likes to contemplate the laws and theories of physics in their relation to the interpretation of astronomical observations. Oh and pizza; she loves pizza.

Kelly Leuck

Office Administrator

Kelly is extremely organized and has a real passion for helping others. With over 15 years of experience in Office Administration, she has excellent time management skills which have enabled her to become a successful multi-tasker. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three kids.

Colleen Hylson-Smith

Director of Operations

Colleen is at the heart of Paragon, ensuring that Operations and Human Resource run smoothly. With her business background, she understands what matters most and how firms can get the best out of their talent. When she's not at Paragon, you'll find her at the gym, doing yoga, or at home playing with her rescue dogs.