Paragon’s Key New Hires

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Paragon has recently hired a number of key contributors to better serve the needs of our clients around the world. In addition, Paragon Relocation is still searching for candidates who can help us reach our goal of providing excellent service.

Recent New Hires include:

  • Catherine Ronayne, Director of IT Applications – In this newly created position, Cathy will be responsible for managing all software applications and leading the IT development of the company. (Read Full Press Release)
  • Rick Calanni, Director of Global Business Development – In this position, Rick will be Director of Global Business Development covering the northeastern United States, stretching from North Carolina to Maine. (Read Full Press Release)
  • Darrell Bockemehl, Director of Global Relocation Services – In this role Darrell will be the Director of Global Relocation Services based at the North American Service Center in Coppell, TX. (Read Full Press Release)

In addition, because the demand for Paragon’s services has continued to grow, we are hiring. Please visit the Careers page on for more information.

Global Growth, Despite Challenging Economy – Message from Paragon CEO Joseph Morabito

global relocation growthThough the global economy is weak and unpredictable, Paragon is still working diligently to extend our reach around the world. Based on client request, we have put the mechanics in place to bill in multiple currencies. While we have the ability to support moves to more than 150 countries with various destination services, we are currently working with expatriates in 70 of those countries. To do so, we are expanding our boots on the ground operations in strategic countries where we have major volume like France, Spain, the Benelux Countries, Britain, Switzerland, the Americas, China and other countries in Asia Pacific. While our U.S. domestic volume is constant, and no doubt we will continue to add new clients requiring services in the U.S., future growth in years to come is likely be in international relocation.

As a result, to best support a 24/7 operation in multiple time zones, we have put our Client Accounting Help Desk and our Information Technology Help Desk in place, both of which are available to our employees, clients and customers. In addition, we have provided cell phones to all of our Relocation Consultants, International Assignment Consultants and International Relocation Coordinators to allow for emergency, after-hours customer calls. We recognize that as a service company our business does not always occur within the normal confines of the typical business day.

Paragon Relocation has added Gold Service for “when great service is just not good enough” as an optional service enhancement for our clients that want to provide their employees a higher level of service than normal. Paragon Relocation also just completed a major migration to PRISM 2.0, our upgraded and enhanced information technology platform, to allow our clients and customers even more information at their fingertips. Paragon GeoImmigration (PGI), our newest subsidiary, is active throughout the world assisting clients and customers with visa and immigration services. PGI’s state of the art technology allows for tracking all aspects of the visa and immigration process. GenEquity Mortgage, our national mortgage company, continues to successfully fund mortgages at very competitive interest rates, among the lowest in American history, in a very difficult business environment. Paragon Decision Resources, our consulting business unit, continues to add clients for Pre-Decision Consulting services which assists clients and customers with individual, customized policy implementation, cost analysis and budgeting for each move.

In the remaining quarter of 2011 and beyond, we will place a new emphasis on training as the key to our success. Though our employees often come to us with relocation experience, we want to teach the Paragon way of providing services, which includes a higher touch capability. By making sure that administrative tasks are delegated down, we allow our Consultants and Coordinators to spend more time counseling our customers. Though we face a difficult economy and declining real estate markets in the United States, Paragon is still very focused on our growth and development. We are still doing what is necessary to continue moving our company forward to best support our clients and customers around the world.

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Paragon Relocation Donates to the North Texas Food Bank

NTFB logo 2 color bigger Paragon Relocation Donates to the North Texas Food Bank Paragon Relocation, a leading provider of global relocation management services, underscored the company’s commitment to its core value of community involvement by participating in a fundraiser to support the North Texas Food Bank. Paragon’s Coppell office recently made a contribution to the Food 4 Kids program to provide more than 200 backpacks of food to children in the North Texas area.

“Paragon employees are dedicated to improving the lives of those in the communities in which we live and work. Our Coppell office is extremely engaged in supporting local charities and we are always proud of the initiative and generosity they show,” said Craig Selders, President of Paragon Relocation.

The Food 4 Kids program helps to eliminate hunger among children by providing backpacks full of nonperishable, kid-friendly, nutritious food to chronically hungry children on Friday afternoons to last throughout the weekend. Each backpack contains four meals. The program currently serves over 325 schools in 32 schools districts across Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Fannin, Hunt, Rockwall, and Kaufman counties. Currently, over 8,000 children receive a backpack each week.

About Paragon Relocation

Paragon Relocation is the premier partner of choice in the Global Relocation Management industry providing innovative programs, value-added support, superior customer service and thought leadership to our clients and the families we relocate. Paragon Relocation has been providing relocation services for over 24 years and is present in 150 countries. For further information, please visit

Free Visa and Immigration Seminar in Dallas Metro Area – Earn CRP Credit!

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Paragon GeoImmigration is hosting an upcoming Visa and Immigration seminar in the Dallas metro area. Details are below. Reserve your spot today!

Critical Considerations in Developing Your Corporate Immigration Program

visa and immigration passportFor anyone responsible for corporate Visa and Immigration in the Dallas area, Paragon GeoImmigration is holding a free breakfast seminar September 30, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on “Critical Considerations in Developing Your Corporate Immigration Program.” Register today at!

Who: Elaine Martin will be hosting the event. Ms. Martin has practiced immigration law exclusively since 1997. She established her own immigration law practice in 2008. Before that, she worked for almost 9 years as a Senior Associate with Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen and Loewy, the largest immigration firm in the world. She has significant experience in working with businesses of all sizes, ranging from multinational Fortune 500 corporations to start-up ventures and sole proprietorships. She also advises companies on the immigration implications of corporate restructuring and layoffs and she frequently conducts immigration training at client sites and public seminars.

When: September 30 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.:

  • 8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
  • 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Program
  • 9:30 – 10:00 a.m. Open Forum Discussion and Networking

Where: Hotel InterContinental – 15201 Dallas Parkway, Addison, TX 75001

Register Now to Reserve Your Spot! Spots are Limited.

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Register here for the Visa and Immigration seminar!

For more information on Paragon GeoImmigration, please visit their website: Paragon GeoImmigration.

Paragon Relocation’s Customer Reviews – September 2011

first place ribbon 148x300 Paragon Relocation’s Customer Reviews – September 2011Paragon Relocation has for years prided itself on excellent customer service for our customers who we relocate all over the world. Recently, on this blog and internally, we have been celebrating the comments and reviews of our customers who have given us an Excellent rating. (The positive reviews for the month always rotate at right of our blog in the sidebar) now, we also want to spread the news in form of a blog post each month about what a great job our Relocation Consultants are doing. In addition to posting these reviews here, we also post these internally on our Relocation Consultant “Wall of Fame.” Ultimately, Paragon bases our success on if our relocating customers believe we did an excellent job.

Paragon Relocation’s customer reviews:

In the last 20 years, I have had to move (either myself or close family members) about a dozen times and never have I experienced such efficiency and competence from the beginning to the end of the process. Your friendliness, reactivity and very professional handling of the whole team has been highly appreciated. Thank you very much for the support!

Overall, as painful relocation can be, Crystal did an excellent job at communicating everything and ensuring that everything that was provided was available when needed.

Kelly was patient, helpful, and very knowledgable about the process. She was always available or returned calls promptly and made my transition as smotth as possible.

It was a pleasure working with Crystal!

Everything went very smooth. Thank you!

My relocation consultant, Megan Greenwald, was amazing. She was very helpful in explaining what is possible and what isn’t possible through the reimbursement process.

Overall, the relocation has been an exhausting experience. The benefits provided by my company and Paragon have been invaluable!

Debbie Ocepek is the best move coordinator we’ve ever had with Paragon. She has a great attitude, is very responsive, and always helpful. She made selling our house at departure as easy as it could have been.

Dawn Harbeck was a tremendous asset in making our transition as smooth as possible. Her knowledge of the moving process, effective communication and follow-through are her greatest strengths and each directly contributed to making our move successful. I can’t imagine a simpler, more efficient move process than the one we experienced.

LeAnn Tantillo was my Paragon Rep – She was excellent at getting back to me in a very timely manner with questions I had. With the housing economy – this was a stressfull move and LeAnn was awesome!

Candy Berger was my relocation consultant and she did an outstanding job!

Lisa was great during my move and I really appreciated all of her help to make my transition successful.

I have moved several times but this was my first temporary assignment. Everything had to be completed within 2 weeks to be able to avoid a hotel stay and everyone at Paragon worked together to make sure that I was able to find temporary housing immediately. From Candy to Courtney Seitz and Michelle Anton. All were extremely helpful and exemplified working with a sense of urgency, for which my facility and I am very appreciative.

This was my 2nd relocation and it was as painless as the first. I would definitely not want to move any other way!!

Great appreciation to my assigned relocation consultant Otis Lau who provide me with responsive assistance to make both my relocation and repatriation with ease.

Overall, my family and I were very pleased with the level of service provided by the entire team. Dawn was excellent and was very responsive to all of our questions given this was our 1st international move. Jane at Expat was excellent as well and VERY patient with all of our questions about the Melbourne area. The packing & unloading teams were very professional, and we incurred no issues with both the departure and arrival. JOB WELL DONE!

Jessica did an excellent job to follow up on our expenses and exception requests.

Barb is incredibly responsive and efficient. She’s been a very pleasant change from our last relocation.

Barbara Moskal did a very good job supporting my relocation. She was very responsive to following up on requests and answering all of the questions I had.

Jessica has done a tremendous job coordinating the benefits for my assignment.

Appreciate the assistance from all along!

I was very pleased with Barbara’s services as a relocation agent, she was very responsive to my requests, and resolved issues quickly. She made the relocation process easy and I felt like we were a team as we worked through it. I would like to specifically recognize Barbara for her sense of urgency and “no non-sense” approach — very much appreciated. Thank you Barbara.

I am lucky to have Dawn Kezerle as my consultant. She is very proactive and friendly. I would love to work with her in future if any opprtunity comes. Overall I am happy with Paragon for all the services provided. Thank you very much.

Janet Clark made the experience easy as possible. She was very helpful.

Our consultant was very good (Judi Osborn) and helped us a good deal.

Judy Osborne was very helpful and always followed up on all questions or concerns. I have relocated 8 times in my career and Judy was by far the best relo coordinator that I have ever had.

Crystal was extremely helpful throughout the entire process and always got back to me in a timely manner. Overall, a great experience.

Crystal was very helpful throughout the process.

You guys were excellent in every possible way. I have NEVER relocated with such ease, and I have relocated a lot. Great juob, you guys were awesome!

Paragon Relocation enjoys making raving fans out of their customers. Let us know if you have any other stories where you have received great customer service from Paragon Relocation!

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What is the Efficient Purchaser Index (EPI)?

international assignment costsInternational assignments are a significant investment of resources. One of the elements that contributes to costs associated with international assignments is the cost of replicating the quality of life that an employee had in their home country. Typically as part of the benefits received from going on the assignment, the employee would receive an allowance that helps them cope with the different prices of everyday products than what they had in their home country.

The Efficient Purchaser Index (EPI) is used to decide Cost-of-Living Allowances (COLA) in various locations around the world when employees are living on assignment for their company. In comparison to the Standard Index which is used to exactly replicate an assignee’s living standards in their home country, the EPI encourages assignees to assimilate into the local culture’s buying practices and to become “smart shoppers”. This saves the corporation money and gives assignees more opportunities to assimilate into the culture which is beneficial for the success of the assignment.

Similar, to traditional COLA models the EPI model focuses the real costs of goods in a particular country but assumes that the assignee will be a savvy shopper to find comparable grocery items in local brands and not imported brands from their home country. KPMG recently reported that 31% of companies are using the EPI today instead of the Standard Index. In addition, we have seen the number of companies using the EPI steadily increase in recent years.

What is the definition of the Efficient Purchaser Index? defines the Efficient Purchaser Index as:

Over time an expatriate learns to make purchases in the host country in a more cost-efficient manner than when he/she first arrives. External Cost of Living data suppliers provide an index that measures this change in purchasing behavior. This index may show this difference to be 5-10% less than the standard indices.

With companies opting to use the EPI they are able to cut the overall cost of the assignment and encourage employees to develop patterns which align with the local culture. This might be one way to cut costs and actually help with culture shock at the same time.

Other Terms Related to the Efficient Purchaser Index

What is the best place to relocate to find a new job?

In the United States, as has been widely reported, the job market is recovering and people are continuing to search for jobs that are available. While many states are seeing little to no growth in their job markets, other states are thriving in the midst of the recession with many companies relocating current and new hire employees there. Listed below are the hottest job markets throughout the US to relocate to for work.

In the past we have written about how much buying a house costs in different parts of the country, about the happiest cities to relocate to in the United States, and about what you should know about your neighborhood before you move in. Now we want to help you decide what city is the best place to accept a relocation opportunity for you.

The short answer about where the best place to take a relocation opportunity is: Wherever they are willing to relocate you for a better career opportunity. However, many talented people can pick where the best place to relocate for them is based on a number a variables that are important for them. For others it is important to improve your chances of finding a better career opportunity by targeting places where there are the most hiring opportunities.

What are the top 10 states to find a job?

Recently, Gallup Poll put out the results of a study on which states are higher on their Job Creation Index indicated on the chart below. The states with the darker green colors are have created more jobs over the last year than the states with lighter colors of green. These states that are higher on the JCI are good states to target for job openings for companies that are willing to relocate talented employees.
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Here are the top 10 states to find a job according to the Gallup Poll study:
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What are the top 10 cities to relocate to find a job?

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According to Aijilon Professional Staffing the top 10 cities to find a job in are below. This list correlates with the states list above. Finding employers in these cities to relocate to for a new job would be an excellent place to start a job search when your local job market has gone dry.

  1. Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.
  2. Austin, Texas
  3. Salt Lake City, Utah
  4. Boston, Mass.
  5. Milwaukee, Wis.
  6. Richmond, Va.
  7. Albany, NY
  8. Baltimore, Md.
  9. Pittsburgh, Pa.
  10. Dallas, Texas

In the past we have posted about what level of new hire employees companies were relocating and earlier this week we posted on how to successfully start a new job. Being equipped with information about where the most companies are hiring will help you get to that first day of work more quickly.

How to Successfully Start a New Job

relocation job opportunityYou need a new job. You might be out of work or looking for a better opportunity. Then you find a job or better yet a job finds you. In the excitement of knowing that a quality corporation wants to employ you for a better opportunity for your career you decide to take the job.

The stress of the job search is over. However, the stress of the first day on the job is on the horizon. Add on top of that the stress of relocating a family and starting a new job is a quite a challenging experience.

Although, even with all the stresses that might come from relocating for a new job, the opportunity to find a dream job makes it all worth it. The journey of a cross continent or cross border relocation is small compared to the daily commute through traffic to a job that is no longer challenging or fulfilling and a relocation for a new job is another chance at finding that ideal position.

How you begin your new job will set the tone for your effectiveness throughout your time in that position.
John Maxwell, author of the 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, says that a new position is an opportunity to become a leader:

Leadership traditionally begins with Position. Someone joins the Army, and he or she becomes a recruit, working to earn the rank of private. A person gets a job, and along with it usually comes a title or job description: laborer, salesperson, waiter, clerk, accountant, manager. Position is the starting place for every level of leadership. It is the bottom floor and the foundation upon which leadership must be built. Real influence must be developed upon that foundation.

How to Start a Job Properly

How do you prepare yourself for leadership in your new position? Follow these steps to build a solid foundation with your first few weeks on the job:

  1. Do the Simple Things Well – Show up early/stay late, dress for the position you eventually want not the position you have, and be prepared to learn above all else.
  2. Become a Sponge – Take your time learning in the first couple of weeks as much as you can about your company, department and office. It is likely, that the amount of time you spend in training will never be enough. You must take it upon yourself to ask questions, to read any information you can get your hands on about your corporation and to be observant of the culture of your co-workers around you.
  3. Everybody Needs to Eat – Offer to take co-workers out to lunch to pick their brains about their jobs and to build trust. If you have recently taken a relocation to the region this also might be a good opportunity to ask about information on the region as well.
  4. Get Involved – To build relationships with other employees, get involved with office planning committees and community outreach events organized by the company. Building relationships outside of your department will give you a deeper understanding of what your corporation is all about.
  5. Relate to Someone – Find someone who has had the same experience as you. Has someone recently relocated to the area for a new job as well? Connect with them to find out what the advice they have for you having gone through the same experience. Has someone recently been hired by the company? Ask them for their advice on how to start things off on the right foot at your new office.
  6. Don’t Freak Out – It’s very common to feel completely unqualified for a job during the first couple of weeks and months. It may feel like your new co-workers are speaking a different language and things work much differently than how they worked in your last position. The task ahead of you might even seem impossible. However, after a few months you might find that you are able to pick up the nuances of the new position and the culture that comes with it. Don’t freak out and don’t give up! The more time you spend in your new position is your greatest asset to be successful in your new role.

A new position from a relocation has its own set of challenges. However, if the first few weeks of the new position is handled with a little finesse you will be setup to succeed during your time in that position. Eventually after a few months of getting into the routine of that new position you will figure out how things work and how to get things accomplished. Sooner or later the dynamics of your new position will become uncomplicated and a part of your normal everyday life.

Starting a New Job Tips

  • You are going to make mistakes. It is how you learn from those mistakes that really matters.
  • Building relationships is the quickest way to fast track your learning curve.
  • Learn to love learning. When you start a new job, learning is your job, don’t gloss over any opportunity to learn something new.

What advice would you give to a new employee who took a relocation for a job? Let us know in the comments on twitter, facebook, and linkedin!

Paragon Relocation announces appointment of Darrell Bockemehl, Director, Global Relocation Services

Darrell BockemehlParagon Relocation, a leading provider of global relocation solutions, is pleased to announce the appointment of Darrell Bockemehl as Director, Global Relocation Services based out of the North American Service Center in Coppell, TX.

“We are excited to welcome Darrell to Paragon to assist with providing excellent service to our relocation customers and clients. His vast experience in many facets of global relocation, including his expertise in global compensation and international tax, will truly be an asset as we support our growing client base around the world,” said Tom True, Vice President of Global Relocation Services with Paragon Relocation.

Bockemehl brings more than 11 years of global relocation management experience related to global operations, international assignment services and global compensation with firms such as Cartus, Primacy and Ernst & Young.

Bockemehl has an undergraduate degree in business from the University of North Texas.

About Paragon Relocation
Paragon Relocation is the premier partner of choice in the Global Relocation Management industry providing innovative programs, value-added support, superior customer service and thought leadership to our clients and the families we relocate. Paragon Relocation has been providing relocation services for over 24 years and offers services in 150 countries. For further information, please visit