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About Paragon

Our international team of full-time communications professionals helps financial, fintech, crypto, emerging technology, and other forward-looking firms become recognized leaders.

Paragon is a high-impact agency with decades of top-level industry experience. We build reputations that drive business results, ensuring that you are heard, understood, and respected. Formed in 2012, we deliver a full suite of strategic communications, including public relations, digital marketing and content/editorial services.

Established after the financial crisis to meet the needs of an emerging group of financial technology companies, we’ve expanded to provide support for a wide range of industry leaders. Throughout this period, our approach has remained consistent, taking a messaging-led route to building strong, sustainable and results-focused brands.

 

Your Partners are now our partners

Paragon is pleased to partner with Your Partners to accelerate growth for digital asset firms througha wider range of business and marketing services. Learn more.

Dedicated people doing great work

Our team’s diverse experiences and capabilities provide the right expertise to meet every client’s needs. But we never stand still, and our passion to deliver results shines through in everything we do.

We pride ourselves on our long-term relationships that are based on trust and our ability to evolve with our clients’ businesses. After all, your success is our success.

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 Colorado mountains with his wife and three dogs.

MICHELLE ELISEO

Managing Director

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.

Greg Tarmin

Managing Director

Creativity is at the core of everything Greg brings to his clients and team members. From building a strategic roadmap to enhancing communications platforms for a brand, he infuses insights-driven solutions to help garner tangible results for clients. Outside of work he is the proud dad of twin college-aged daughters, enjoys reading historical fiction and taking long walks with Snickers (his dog).

COLLEEN HYLSON-SMITH

Director

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.

Jenna Ceterko

Chief Financial Officer

As a fully licensed fiduciary, Jenna has spent over two decades in various roles including COO, CFO, Compliance and Risk Analyst and Treasurer, setting up and implementing key financial functions such as back and middle office infrastructure for cutting-edge startups. She also played an instrumental role as one of these companies grew from $900 Million in AUM to over $9 Billion in AUM. In her spare time, Jenna loves indulging her creative side by making various arts and crafts projects and working as a voice-over artist. She also volunteers as an assistant coach for the local Boys and Girls Club.

P.J. KINSELLA

EVP, 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.

MELISSA EVEN

EVP, 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.

Virun Rampersad

Executive Coach

Virun is passionate about helping people and teams succeed. It was core to his success as a senior Wall Street executive and underpins his work today as an Executive and Team Coach. He is skilled at helping technology and business executives solve problems and improve their sales and leadership skills so they move faster and deliver better results. Outside of work, Virun enjoys time at the beaches in New York, New England and Florida.

YOLANNE BAUTISTA

Marketing Manager

As a seasoned marketing and project management professional, Yolanne is passionate about transforming the way brands interact with businesses and customers. She is dedicated to accentuating strong brand identities and implementing out-of-the-box marketing strategies that deliver dynamic results. During her free time, she enjoys improv comedy, live concerts, and playing with her two dogs (Ben & Brody).

Tom Murphy

VP, Media Relations

Tom Murphy brings over ten years of experience in journalism to Paragon’s media relations team. Tom worked as a local news anchor, reporter and producer in Michigan, California, and New Jersey before transitioning into the public relations industry. Tom is excited to bring his PR experience, which includes representing clients in financial services, financial technology, crypto and other emerging technologies.

MATT AUSTIN

Senior Account Manager

Matt got his break in communications as an advertising copywriter in Hong Kong before moving back to London to build a career in PR and marketing, primarily in financial services. Outside of work, he has combined his obsession with language learning and passion for horse-riding to go off the beaten track in locations as diverse as Kyrgyzstan and Iceland. Matt has three (exceptionally intelligent) dogs, which he claims are bilingual in English and Portuguese.

MATTHEW BIRD

Account Manager

Matt has recently graduated with a BSc in Economics and Management Studies. He is keen to learn all about the fintech industry and the different strategic approaches to marketing. Outside of work, Matt likes to play sports – particularly football (soccer) and (field) hockey – and watch the Premier League with friends and family.

Marissa Wagner

Account Executive

Marissa recently graduated with her Master's in Public Relations. She loves everything about the communications industry and the creative work that goes with it. Outside of work, Marissa enjoys exploring new restaurants with her family and friends.

Celeste DeAugustinis

Account Executive

Celeste graduated from LIM College with a degree in Marketing and landed in Public Relations shortly after graduation. She’s a creative professional with a proven ability of multitasking in fast paced environments. Outside of work, Celeste is an artist who loves to draw and paint.

Jourdan Campbell

Account Executive

Jourdan Campbell is a seasoned public relations and marketing professional. He is passionate about writing and branding in the fintech and cryptocurrency spaces. Outside of work, Jourdan enjoys performing stand-up comedy and discovering new restaurants. As an avid Jets and Knicks fan, Jourdan has learned resilience.

Liam Shea

Account Associate

Liam graduated from UMass Amherst with a degree in public relations. Before joining Paragon full-time, he interned part-time while finishing his degree, helping the team with research, planning and outreach. Prior to studying public relations, Liam was a journalism major and worked as a football and basketball reporter for a campus newspaper and served as their sports editor.

Ben Webb

Chief Blogger

Ben is an award-winning journalist who started writing for newspapers when the clatter of typewriters filled the newsroom. Today he loves telling unique and compelling stories for corporate clients. Away from work he likes films, wildlife and running... to earn the odd pint of real ale.

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Anthony Battrick

Brand Strategist

Tony is a hugely experienced and collaborative strategist who combines rigor with flair. His skills have been honed during a career at some of London's top advertising agencies. Tony has created brand strategies and award-winning communications campaigns across a host of categories, from IT to automotive, FMCG to finance, and leisure to Government. A highly trusted partner to B2B clients as well as B2C (both international and UK), Tony applies the same high standards of strategic insight and creativity to both. He is also an expert qualitative researcher.

Graham Pugh

Brand Strategist

Graham spent most of his long career in advertising, first as an award winning copywriter and then as a highly successful Creative Director. He worked at agencies such as Saatchi & Saatchi, FCB and McCann, before running creative functions on the client side and consulting for major brands. He brings a wealth of financial services experience with clients and specializes in getting under the skin of brands and bringing them to life in an original and distinctive way.

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