Relocation is a complex industry requiring the nimble coordination of different companies, functions and tasks in order to deliver a seamless experience to a single individual. Then, of course, the symphony must be repeated again and again without error or even the slightest misstep. Each member of Paragon Relocation’s leadership team rose to the top in their functional area by first working in multiple different roles within the industry. The benefit of taking this lengthy path is firsthand knowledge of the minutiae and details that must be properly cared for to achieve success. Paragon’s leadership has combined this knowledge with visionary thinking, entrepreneurial innovation and top management practices to build Paragon Relocation into what it is today. The following are Paragon Relocation’s leaders:
Joseph A Morabito, SCRP, GMS
President & CEO
Joseph Morabito is President and Chief Executive Officer of Paragon Global Resources, the parent company to Paragon Relocation. Mr. Morabito has more than 35 years of relocation industry experience. As a pioneer and innovator in the field, Mr. Morabito has worked with clients throughout the United States, Europe and Asia, touching virtually every industry with the delivery of management consulting services.
Prior to founding Paragon, Mr. Morabito held positions in senior management at Premier Relocation Services (a Weyerhaeuser company) and Merrill Lynch Relocation Management. Mr. Morabito has been published in HR industry publications including Human Resource Executive and Mobility. He has been featured as a speaker at a variety of conferences and was written about in The Wall Street Journal. Mr. Morabito was named 2012 International Relocation Personality of the Year by Re:locate magazine. Most recently, he was named a 2015 HR Superstar in the Relocation Providers category by HRO Today, a leading HR publication.
Mr. Morabito earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in both history and political science with a minor in foreign languages; a Master of Arts degree in education, with emphasis in personnel administration; and teaching and education administration credentials, all from California State University. In addition, Mr. Morabito completed all coursework for the real estate broker exam in California. He holds the Worldwide ERC® Senior Certified Relocation Professional (SCRP) designation and is a Worldwide ERC® Distinguished Service award winner. He has served on Worldwide ERC®’s Public Policy Committee, which assesses and deals with business risk and opportunities arising from legislative, regulatory and judicial actions that impact relocation. E-mail Mr. Morabito
Secretary, Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Debbie Beech is Secretary, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Paragon Relocation. Her responsibilities include overseeing the financial and administrative support services for Paragon Relocation and all other subsidiaries of Paragon Global Resources.
Before joining Paragon, Ms. Beech served as the Controller of First Team Real Estate and affiliates, a real estate, mortgage, title and escrow company. Prior to this, Ms. Beech served as the Controller of American Sterling Bank, a mortgage banker. She has also held senior financial positions at Prudential Financial and United HealthCare Corporation. Ms. Beech began her career at KPMG in Private Business Advisory Services.
Ms. Beech is a Certified Public Accountant and has a bachelor’s degree in economics and an MBA from the University of Texas. E-mail Ms. Beech
Mary Legate, CRP, GMS
Senior Vice President
Mary Legate is Senior Vice President of Paragon Relocation and President of GenEquity Mortgage, another Paragon Global Resources subsidiary. Ms. Legate has more than 35 years of relocation industry experience. She is also responsible for the firm’s Human Resources and Learning Resources groups. Ms. Legate is a licensed loan originator (NMLS# 7113).
Serving in the relocation industry for more than 30 years, Ms. Legate has managed all aspects of client relations and operations, starting as a consultant and working through everything from on-site relocation centers to group moves to managing branch operations. Ms. Legate graduated with a BBA from Stephen F. Austin University in Texas, is a Worldwide ERC® Certified Relocation Professional (CRP) and holds the Worldwide ERC® Global Mobility Specialist (GMS) designation. E-mail Ms. Legate
Scott McCain, CRP, GMS
Senior Vice President
Scott McCain is the Senior Vice President of Paragon Relocation and in charge of global growth & consulting for Paragon, where he is responsible for global sales leadership, developing new client partnerships, strategic planning and client consulting.
Prior to joining Paragon, Mr. McCain worked for Bank of America as Vice President, Regional Sales Manager. He has also held positions at Cendant Mobility (now Cartus) and GMAC Global Relocation Services (now Brookfield).
Mr. McCain holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Vermont along with a certificate in finance from Fairfield University. McCain also holds the Certified Relocation Professional (CRP) and Global Mobility Specialist (GMS) designations from Worldwide ERC®. He has served as president of the New England Relocation Association and was a past steering committee member for the NYC Organization of Relocation Professionals, New Jersey Relocation Council, and Metro Northeast Relocation Summit. McCain has also served as a board member and officer of the Rotary Club of Fairfield, Connecticut. E-mail Mr. McCain
Karen Rose, CRP, GMS
Ms. Rose joined Paragon in 2003 as Manager, Business Development for the Western Region, where she was responsible for growing Paragon’s business in the western United States. In 2005, Ms. Rose transitioned from sales to operations, becoming Manager of Global Relocation Services. In this role, Ms. Rose acted as the single point-of-coordination for new authorizations, custom reporting, escalation issues, exceptions to policy, policy resources and billing questions. She is also responsible for mobilizing internal Paragon resources for special instances, such as group moves.
In 2014, Ms. Rose was promoted to Vice President, Global Relocation Services due to her work in growing one of Paragon’s most prestigious accounts. In addition to her other responsibilities, she also manages operations teams in our Coppell, Texas and Rancho Santa Margarita, California offices.
Ms. Rose holds her Certified Relocation Professional (CRP) and Global Mobility Specialist (GMS) designations from Worldwide ERC®. She is an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Pacific Northwest Relocation, Southern California Relocation and Bay Area Professionals in Relocation Management organizations. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from California Polytechnic University. E-mail Ms. Rose
Abigail Flanagan, GMS
Senior Director, Global Relocation Services
Ms. Flanagan joined Paragon as Senior Director, Global Relocation Services in May, 2014 but she has worked in the relocation industry for over 20 years and has been responsible for thousands of moves. Her primary responsibilities at Paragon are the management of the company’s worldwide network of supplier partners, across all services, including selection, ongoing evaluation and quality assurance. In addition, Ms. Flanagan manages international operations and account management.
Prior to joining Paragon, Ms. Flanagan worked at Brookfield as Director Global Client Services and at Interdean as an account manager. Through years of experience caring for corporations and their employees, she gained exposure to many industries, including media, aeronautics, pharmaceutical, mining and petroleum. She has also experienced many moves herself, a total of 12 at last count.
Ms. Flanagan has a bachelor’s degree in business studies and law from the University of Stirling, where she graduated with honors, and a higher national diploma in business decision analysis from the University of West England. She also holds a Global Mobility Specialist (GMS) designation from Worldwide ERC®. E-mail Ms. Flanagan