Our Leadership Team

Joe Maiorana

Co-Founder, President & Chief Executive Officer

Joe Maiorana has nearly 30 years of experience in the executive search business and is the primary leader, trainer and developer of the Paragon System. Joe has been a guest speaker for the National Association of Recruiters. His down to earth style is recognizable immediately. His commitment to excellence emulates throughout our company.

Most of his time is spent in recruiter development and placement strategies. He ensures that Paragon’s staff is equipped with the information necessary to secure the talent our clients need. His insightful strategic abilities help close deals for successful hires.

Toni Marie

Co-Founder & Executive Partner

Toni Marie spearheads our Executive Search Division for 3 of our Core Market Segments:  Building Products & Construction Equipment, Restaurant Industry, Food & Ingredients. Her search focus is Key Corporate Positions & Sales Executives.

With 25+ years of executive search experience, Toni Marie’s clients have come to depend on her in-depth knowledge of the talent pool available nationwide and the insight she & her team provide regarding a candidate’s accomplishments, compensation and culture fit. Her reputation includes a drive for excellence and impeccable business ethics.

Matchmaking is her passion. Toni Marie’s energetic & down to earth style, and consultative approach, paired with her relentless pursuit to make a great match for both clients & candidates, are the keys to her success. Her goal is to passionately drive business forward for her clients.

Barrett Avey

Co-Founder & Executive Partner

With 20+ years of experience, Barrett Avey has become one of the most respected recruiters in the industrial products industry, developing strong client relationships with some of the biggest manufacturers and distributors of pumps, vacuums, rotating equipment, etc. These companies trust Barrett and her team for finding the impact talent they need.

The team of recruiters Barrett has assembled have helped professionals in this industry enhance their career. The professional style the recruiters use puts everyone at ease and assures that all things desired are understood.

The result of this team’s years of dedication and hard work is that today… the majority of our new clients come from referrals by other satisfied clients – which makes us very proud.

Karen Lepish

Co-Founder & Executive Partner

Karen Lepish is an integral part of our Executive Search Division. Her search focus is Corporate & Sales Executives within 3 of our Core Market Segments: Building & Construction, Restaurant Industry, Food & Ingredients.

With over 20 years of executive search experience, Karen’s deep research & recruiting knowledge, high energy level and commitment to finding the right match for both candidate and client have become iconic in fulfilling the search needs of our clients.