Providing relocation services 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 related to relocation services. The benefit of taking this lengthy path is firsthand knowledge of the minutiae and details that must be properly cared for to achieve success. This is one reason Paragon Relocation is one of the top relocation companies operating today. 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
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
Mary Legate, CRP, GMS
Mary Legate is President of Paragon Relocation Resources, a Paragon Global Resources subsidiary. She is also responsible for the firm’s Human Resources and Learning Resources groups.
Serving in the relocation industry for more than 38 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
Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Jim Davis is Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Paragon Global Resources. His responsibilities include overseeing the financial and administrative support for Paragon and its subsidiaries.
Mr. Davis worked for Paragon previously from 1998-2003 in Finance and Accounting, and has extensive experience in Finance through his previous position as Vice President Finance/Controller for Title365 Company. Mr. Davis has also worked in Finance for The First American Corporation, Fidelity National Information Solutions, and Coldwell Banker Relocation. Mr. Davis also has held positions in Sales and Consulting for Graebel Van Lines and Allied Van Lines, giving him more than 31 years of experience in industries related to all Paragon lines of business. Mr. Davis graduated from Syracuse University with a BS in Finance and holds an MBA from the University of Phoenix. E-mail Mr. Davis
Karen Rose, CRP, GMS
Vice President, Global Relocation Services
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
Vice President, Global Relocation Services
Ms. Flanagan is Vice President, Global Relocation Services. She joined Paragon in May, 2014 but 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
Michael Morabito, CRP, GMS
Vice President, Global Business Development
Michael Morabito joined Paragon in 2002 and has served in multiple roles since that time, including Operations, Consulting, Marketing and Business Development. His many years in sales and the successes that followed led to Morabito’s promotion from Director to Vice President of Business Development for Paragon Relocation, where he now holds responsibility for all sales within North America.
Mr. Morabito holds the Certified Relocation Professional (CRP) and Global Mobility Specialist (GMS) designations from Worldwide ERC® as well as a mortgage license (NMLS # 1301933) in the state of California. Prior to his lengthy work in the relocation industry, Michael Morabito earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from California State University, Fullerton. Morabito also belongs to the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), the Institute for Supply Management (ISM), the British American Business Council (BABC), Bay Area Mobility Management (BAMM) and Southern California Relocation Council (SCRC) and has traveled extensively throughout the world. Email Mr. Morabito