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"Participating In The IT Forum With Paragon Has Exceeded My Expectations. My Initial Goal Was To Simply Connect A Bit Deeper With A Few IT Leaders In The Community. I Have Had The Privilege To Get To Know Some Incredibly Talented Peers Who I Am Now Honored To Call Friends. In Addition, I Was Blown Away By The Quality And Relevance Of The Speakers That Were Curated. Each Session Was Time Well Spent."
  • Janette Smrcka: IT Director - Mall of America

"My experience with the Paragon leadership program has been fantastic.  Joel does an amazing job bringing together a diverse group of IT leaders for the program and it creates a rich environment for learning and sharing from each others experiences.  Tom and Joel do a great job weaving in their own experience and knowledge along with relevant and impactful outside speakers.   I would definitely recommend this experience for both aspiring and seasoned IT leaders alike."
  • Rich Colestock: CIO - Post Consumer Brands

"I highly recommend Paragon's IT Leadership Forum to other senior IT leadership seeking to continue to build their leadership skills and network with other IT professions.  The monthly time commitment is well worth what I have gotten out of the forum - I have come to know others in the group on a personal and professional level and I am able to share professional challenges with the group and seek their input.  I also enjoy the featured speakers each month, which allow me to continue to refresh and grow my leadership skills."
  • Cher Manowski: Senior IT Leader

More About Paragon IT Professionals

Pioneering with the Industry for Over 20 Years

Paragon was founded in 1997 by brothers Craig and Joel Jackman to change how search firms and clients interacted. With an entrepreneurial background and an innovative spirit, Craig and Joel set out to be more than just a service provider. They wanted to be a valued partner to their clients — helping them get the right people in the right roles, which in turn benefited each clients’ strategic initiatives. With two phones, a phonebook, and a fax machine and a whole lot of tenacity, they started Paragon with the mission to create a great company where people could thrive, love their work and make a meaningful contribution.


IT Solutions with international reach

Today, Paragon is deeply connected to IT communities throughout the Midwest. Providing exceptional resources locally, nationally and internationally, we have enjoyed delivering success to organizations while leveraging our renowned experience, speed to market and industry knowledge. Headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, our presence includes hundreds of consultants in multiple states, as well as global partnerships, providing the best talent and solutions for our clients’ needs.


A Commitment to talent and leadership development

Because of the deep commitment to nurturing the future of the industry, the IT Leadership Forum was founded in 2010 to support investment in talent. Through the IT Leadership Forum, our clients strengthen their leadership culture — leading to improved attraction, engagement and retention of the best people. Paragon is also an active member in technology association leadership initiatives. A passion of Paragon is looking to help resolve the challenge of a constrained IT workforce by investing in students’ education and opportunities. We are proud of our 501c3 scholarship fund, and believe deeply in creating opportunities for future change agents and leaders.