Paragon Welcomes Justin Carlson

Justin Carlson, Recruiting Specialist

We're thrilled to welcome Justin Carlson as a Recruiting Specialist to the Paragon recruiting team!

1.      Born and raised? Ankeny, IA

2.      Favorite sports team? New York Yankees

3.      Undergraduate and major? Philosophy, politics, and economics from King’s College in New York City

4.      Favorite book? East of Eden by John Steinbeck

5.      When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up? A sailor

6.      Any siblings? 2brothers and 2 sisters

7.      Activities or clubs you were in growing up? Baseball, football, and basketball

8.      If you could live anywhere, where would it be? Anywhere with a mountain view

9.      Favorite food? Ribeye

10.    Favorite quote/motto? Be better today than you were yesterday          

11.     Favorite musician or band? Casey Donahew

12.    Passions? Motorcycles, kettlebells, and books

13.    What do you like to do in your free time? Ride motorcycles, kettlebells, and read books

14.    Have you ever met anyone famous, story to tell? I proposed to Rachel Platten (as a joke) at a Manhattan restaurant opening before she was famous. I got her number and never called, whoops. 

15.    Idols/those you looked up (or look up) to? Winston Churchill

16.    Any pets? I have a Dog(Mickey) and a cat (Lucy)         

17.    Favorite place to travel? Rural mountain areas on my motorcycle   

18.    What’s on your bucket list? I want to ride my motorcycle in as many states and countries as I can     

19.    What are you most afraid of? Spending my time doing something I hate and/or something that has no value

20.   Proudest accomplishments? I served 8 1/2 years in the Navy and led my team to Large Station of the Year Award for Fiscal Year 2021 with two of them being advanced to the rank of Chief Petty Officer and one being advanced to First Class Petty Officer

21.    What’s something that would surprise people about you? I wouldn’t recognize the Kardashians if they were right in front of me     

22.    Favorite movie? The Count of Monte Cristo

23.    New hobbies? Kettlebells are a new hobby of mine this past year

24.    Favorite tv show? The West Wing

25.    What game show do you think you could win? My wife says Jeopardy, but I don’t watch game shows.

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